No mom I know has ever sang easy like Sunday morning while struggling to get everyone dressed and out the door in a timely fashion without losing her mind. Wrangling a child and husband kicking and screaming to church was a long arduous season in my life. Growing up church was not much of a family affair unless it was a major holiday, wedding or funeral. Praying was something we did to confess our sin and talking to God was filled with scary images of a bloody crucified Jesus.
Undoing a distorted way of viewing God and religion was painful and laced with much frustration and regret. Going from being a righteous religious Christian to a more loving and relaxing relationship with Father has been a struggle to say the least.
The funny thing is I know all the lines the religious will say to shame me back into believing my attendance in a building matters to God. I know the scripture and the basis of their arguments however; I no longer want to fight for what I think is right or wrong with regards to practicing faith.
What if instead we focussed on encouraging each other to rest in His presence?
As I woke up this morning and looked around at all the messes in our house I decided to make a cup of coffee and play chess with my son instead of fussing and stressing.
The freedom to redefine and reclaim my time with God, my family and myself has been so freeing and restful.
Years of scrubbing the house on Saturday followed by Sunday spent at church left no room for rest, play or quality family time.
There is no time or space for regret or guilt.
We can not go back and undo those choices however; we can begin to redefine how we spend our time and how we manage a busy season that includes connecting with our loved ones and giving our souls room to rest and reenergize.
Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. –Maya Angelou
No cosigner needed, just finding what works for myself in this season is my only concern.
Sunday morning breakfast.
Movies in bed.
Hanging with family and friends.
Going for a hike.
Spending time at the beach.
We all deserve a day when we allow everything to fall to the wayside and we get away from life and just rest.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. -Matthew 11:28-30 The Message
Ronel Sidney has a passion for spurring women forward on their journey of living loved. A native to Northern California living in sunny San Diego with her husband and son. When she is not at the ball field you can find her reading, writing, cooking or playing card games.