I watched her dance in the shade of the tree while rays of sunshine reached through the leaves just to touch her. The hula hoop slipped around her waist and wrists as if she had planned this dance for ages and for this very moment. The flowers, trees, and I were her audience on this summer day. I had planned nothing on this summer Saturday and that was perfect for us. How could this gift of little girls be mine to hold, watch, and love?

Some days I feel like we race through the to-do list, extracurricular activities, school, and work. Some days I’m brave enough to say “no” to the many things to give my best “yes” for my family. Some days I fail miserably at this. I put way too much on their schedule and mine, thinking that if we fit in one more activity it will somehow make them smarter, happier, or more well-rounded. Most of the time, “more to do” makes us more anxious, tired, and unkind. I must schedule rest for my family to unwind and refocus on what matters most and that is Jesus.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Mark 11:28-29

Jesus is the answer to my busyness. He calls to me, “Come rest in me, my daughter.” When my heart is at rest and I make time for Him, I feel like my little girl, with time to dance in the sparkles of sunshine. When I make time to breathe and refocus with my friend Jesus on my porch swing, I find rest for my soul and my family.

Sometimes I feel like I should be doing more, but I choose rest anyway because God says it’s important. It feels like I’m doing nothing, but resting with my family is really something. So I snuggle a little closer and ask my littles what they are reading. I stop and watch them play because I know they are only little for a little. I look into the eyes of my spouse and give him my undivided attention to listen to his fears and dreams. I make sure we gather around our table to pray and eat together. Somehow, this brings more smiles and hugs than the busy schedule I try to keep. There is so much to do, but today I choose rest.