Several years ago, it was just an ordinary day. I was exhausted and trying to meet the needs of my two little boys while they complained about the food, ignored my requests to pick up toys, and fought about who had the toy first.
I was worn out and just trying to survive until bedtime.
My dad happened to be visiting. He is a quiet guy – the kind that people listen to when he talks, because his words are so few.
After watching my boys for a little bit, he surprised us all by standing up suddenly and saying, “Boys, you knock that off. You tell your mother thank you, and be nice to her. She is my daughter, and I don’t like how you are treating her.”
I had to keep moving so I didn’t burst into tears. I was his daughter. I’d forgotten that. In all the growing up and having babies and fighting cancer, I had forgotten that I was still his daughter – his little girl.
Over the years, I have often gone back to that moment, because I think that’s how it is with God. We forget that we are His daughters. His little girls.
We run ourselves ragged caring for everyone else’s needs, and we constantly put our own needs on the back burner. We forget to take care of ourselves.
However, as our Heavenly Father, I don’t think God likes it when we neglect ourselves. We certainly wouldn’t like it if our children were running around exhausted and worn down by life.
So today I challenge you to pause, remember you are God’s precious daughter, and take care of yourself the way He would like you to.
Better yet, let Him take care of you — pause with Him in prayer. Read His words. And find rest for your soul in Him.
If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a little help: How to Find Rest for Your Soul.