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Moms, Even Jesus Took Rest

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Today’s post is from my friend Ruth. Enjoy!

Taking a break from all of the to-dos isn’t something most moms do easily.

I sat on the couch just to take a break after a busy day at home. Feeling a bit worn-out from taking care of the kids, refilling drinks, answering endless questions, and trying to keep the house from burning down, I needed a rest!

Within minutes, out of the large picture windows on the eastern side of our house, I could see my husband’s car. Just over the small hill about a block away, I saw him pulling onto our street—almost home.

I immediately jumped up.

I was sure that if he walked in after a busy day at work and I was just sitting on the couch, he would think I had done nothing all day. I had to look busy. All the time. After this scenario played out multiple times over several months, I finally came to my senses.

What on earth was I doing?!

I decided to ask my hubby what his thoughts would be if he walked in and I were sitting on the couch. He looked at me like I was a little crazy and assured me that he wouldn’t think anything about it. What?! For all those months my own faulty thinking had tricked me into believing I couldn’t rest, not even for a minute.

Rest is a difficult concept, especially for those of us living in a western culture that places a high value on action. We quietly feel condemned or ashamed when we’re doing nothing. Some of us are afraid to sit, relax, unwind, or do nothing for too long. We have this imaginary voice telling us, “Get up; do something. There’s work to be done. Don’t rest. There is too much to do!”

But when I read the Bible, I see multiple examples of Jesus resting. He often got away from the masses. He snuck away to quiet places. He rested.

I have come to understand that the only way to pour out the best of who I am to my family and in my ministry is to sloooooow down. Make time for the moments of life. Be still. Settle my soul. Press pause and just relax.

The housework? It will still be there tomorrow.

Let’s pray together:

Father, help me to find my rest in You. Be my strength. Quiet my soul. In all that I have to do as a mom, give me rest. Enable me to relax, knowing that my life is found in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

To think about:

Why do you find it difficult to slow down and rest?

How can you make time for rest?

This devotion was taken from Pressing Pause:100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet With Jesus.

Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.

Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.

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I Said Yes

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At night I am awake with anxiety.

“What are you doing going to SE Asia when you are a mom of small-ish children? You are being foolish. Stay home. Stay safe.”

During the day I’m excited, thinking about adventure and possibility and hope and light in dark places.

I feel overwhelmed and overcome and maybe just a bit crazy, but the thing is, I believe I’m supposed to go, so I said yes.

My husband said yes.

My dear friend who will watch our children during the day said yes.

And so, I’m going. I’m going to SE Asia with The Exodus Road in April to learn first hand about human trafficking.

I’m going with The Exodus Road because after reading Laura Parker’s book on the organization she and her husband founded, I couldn’t not be a part of what they were doing. I trust them. I believe in their hard, gritty, hope-filled work, and it’s an honor to partner with them.

I’ll be leaving next week (NEXT WEEK!), and I will share with you what I learn. I’m going to listen and observe and ask questions and tell stories about it all here on the blog. And I’m hoping that you will join me in being a part of the light that pushes back against the darkness. So come with me? I’ll also be posting about my trip on IG (you can follow me at Instagram.com/sarahmaewrites) under the hashtag #TheExodusRoad. You can read more about the trip and the other people going by heading here.

Friends, I’m excited and nervous and grateful to be going, and I pray it matters. Pray too? Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.

Love, SM

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Recommended Reading:

The Auction Block on Our Watch (How I came to know about The Exodus Road and why I am such a believer in their organization)

The Exodus Road: One Wife’s Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue (a MUST read)

But What About Trafficking in the U.S.?

F.A.Q about The Exodus Road

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Join me in April for the #MarthaHomeMaryWay Challenge!

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I have renewed hope for cleaning.

Do you know why? Do you want to know why? IT’S BECAUSE MY FRIDGE DIED (major bummer) SO WE HAD TO GET A NEW CLEAN ONE!

Did you catch that? CLEAN one. It’s clean. I DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN IT!

All of a sudden I feel like, “I can do this, I can clean my house, I can DO ANYTHING. Hear me ROAR!”

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Ew.
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It’s so clean!!

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And pretty!

This is just the beginning. Starting April 11th I am hosting the #MarthaHomeMaryWay challenge, and I so hope you will join me!

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We will have fun! We will mop together! We will scrub the floors and do laundry and… I am totally overselling this cleaning thing but WHATEVER! The friends who clean together stay together. Or something like that. So…

Join me!

And let’s get our homes Spring cleaned!

Love and fairy maid wishes, Sarah Mae

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Buy the companion journal HERE.

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Make Over Your Year Course and Life-Coaching GIVEAWAY! (Launch Week)

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Today, in honor of the launch of my new book, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way, I’m giving away Money Saving Mom’s Make Over Your Year Course AND a life-coaching session with the AMAZING Carey Bailey! Read on!

Make Over Your Year

Make Over Your Year is a simple, effective 4-week, hands-on course to help you take your big dreams and ideas and turn them into realistic goals and a doable action plan.

This course is broken into 4 different weeks that build on each other. Here’s what you’ll learn over the 4-week period:

  • Why & how to decide your most important priorities in life
  • How to narrow your priorities down to specific focus areas
  • The 4 keys to creating goals that you’ll actually follow through with
  • How to give yourself grace—without falling off the bandwagon
  • The secrets to successful goal-setting — even when you have young children
  • How to break big goals down into bite-sized pieces & doable action plans
  • When & why you should delete a goal before you even set it
  • The 3 most important accountability sources for goal-setting
  • How to plan for the unexpected and what to do when it comes

Learn more about the course HERE! If you buy it, and you win, I’ll refund you! WOOT!

Life-Coaching

Discovering Your Mary & Martha Rhythms Package Giveaway

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Life Coach, Carey Bailey will support you in looking at your day to day with fresh eyes. Discover how to effectively use the gaps in your day, create realistic to-do lists based on your values and work with your family to have a joy filled days. Be encouraged knowing that your value and worth rest in God’s love for you as His child.

I have used Carey’s services and she is THE REAL DEAL. She literally changed the trajectory of my life. I HIGHLY recommend her.

Also, get 20% off on any coaching package till 4/1/2016 by using the code: MARY&MARTHA. You can do that HERE!

To enter this giveaway, fill out the form below! Open to the U.S. only. This giveaway ends on March 19th, 2016, at 11:59pm EDT.

Love, SM

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Cleaning Supplies for YOU! (Launch Week)

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For those of you who have been around here for awhile know that I love me some Grove Collaborative (formerly ePantry).

I love them mostly because ever since I stared using them over a year ago, I have never once, NOT ONCE, run out of toilet paper. And you know when you run out of toilet paper and then kleenex and then…well, the point is, NO ONE WANTS TO RUN OUT OF TP. Espeically when you’re in the bathroom. “CAN SOMEONE FIND ME SOME TOILET PAPER?!”

For real though.

But with Grove Collaborative, a box shows up at my door every month, so I don’t have to even think about things like TP, paper towels, napkins, or cleaning supplies. It’s intuitive. And I love it.

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I also love the smell of the Method almond wood cleaners. OH MY GOODNESS. So good. I just want to sniff my table all day.

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Here are a few more reasons I use Grove Collaborative (GC):

All the Goods You Need

As I said above, having a box come right to your door is WONDERFUL. Another wonderful thing is GC doesn’t just have cleaning supplies but also every day toiletry items such as shampoo, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine supplies, and more. I cannot tell you the relief I get knowing I will have boxes of all of these things show up when I need them without thinking about it.

If you don’t want to have to worry about any toiletry needs, you should give Grove Collaborative a try.

Save Some Dough

Okay, so here’s the thing, GC isn’t always cheaper depending on where you shop (often times it is though), BUT, in the long run you will most likely save money if you’re like me and go gang-busters when you do need supplies. You know how it is, you go in FOR JUST ONE THING (I’m looking at you, Target) and you come out with shoes? Yea, NOT SAVING MONEY!

If you want to save money by defaulting to GC to give you just what you need when you need it, you should give GC a try.

The Service is TOP NOTCH

I am so so so impressed with the people at GC. You guys, they are AMAZING. If you have ANY problems, they will help you, and they are kind and on it. If something doesn’t work out for you, they’ll take care of it. If you aren’t satisfied with your order, they’ll make it right or refund you. There are no fees for being a part of GC and you are always only charged for the products you buy.

If you want and appreciate good customer service, you should give GC a try.

Healthy Products

There are so many chemicals getting into our bodies every day and quite frankly, that freaks me out. I am pretty grounded person, but I really want to pay attention to what products I’m using in my home and on myself and my children. Are they safe? And in addition to caring about the people in my home, I want to know that I’m making kind choices when it comes to my stewardship of this beautiful world God has given into our care. At GC, they only offer products that are environmentally and child and pet safe.

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Great News and a Giveaway!

First, the kind folks at GC have offered to give my readers FREE products when you decide to give them a try.

“I ordered from them and loved my box! It came really quick. Even had a hand written thank you note! Thank you for sharing about them and the deal you offered:) love the almond floor cleaner. I’m a customer for sure now!”

-Bonnie Schlappe

Specifically, when you sign up by spending $20 on cleaning supplies (they have oils too FYI), you get my favorite Method wood cleaners, the floor cleaner AND the surface cleaner, for FREE, along with FREE SHIPPING. No brainer here friends. Especially if you’re taking the 31 Days challenge in April (you are, aren’t you?!).

Here’s a suggested basket for you if you’re new to GC:

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  • Method Dish Soap
  • Antiback Bathroom Cleaner
  • Toilet Cleaner (I actually love this stuff)
  • Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap (the basil is so good)
  • Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Method Wood Floor Cleaner (FREE)
  • Method Wood Surface Cleaner (FREE)

Total: $20.65 (FREE shipping)

To sign up and give it a go, just HEAD HERE and begin the 2 minute process. BONUS! Grove Collaborative is giving away my book randomly to people who sign up! How fun is that?! So get on it! 🙂

Now for the giveaway!

One of you is going to with a caddy filled with all the products listed above!!!! All those pictures of products you see in my post – YOURS! Thank you GC!

Just fill out the form below! WOOT! Open to the U.S. only. This giveaway ends on March 19th, 2016, at 11:59pm EDT.

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This giveaway is to celebrate the launch of my new book, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way!

You can get the book at My shop, Amazon (ignore the ship date, people are getting them much sooner), B & N, or everywhere books are sold! Get the companion journal HERE.

I also have gifts for you! See them HERE!

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