Yes, you heard me correctly! Perhaps it is time for you to take a sabbatical. Well, you can’t stop being a mom (for better or worse those little eating machines are yours forever and there is no such thing as early retirement in motherhood), but you can take a few much-needed breaks during your week or even better, much-needed break this summer. The best way to ensure burn out, total exhaustion, or a mental breakdown is to ignore God’s mandate to rest. Take it from me: a recovering workaholic and partially insane homeschool mom. I speak TRUTH! Not only can you trust this because I speak from experience but because it comes straight from God’s Word too.
Sometimes, we just need someone to come alongside us to remind us to just breathe. We need someone to reassure us it is going to be ok. Sometimes, we just need someone who understands the rolling around on the floor when the word “math” is mentioned, or someone who can relate to leaving the house while wearing your shirt inside out (True story…. on multiple occasions!) It’s a gift when you find someone who can relate that your coffee mug has been in the microwave for five hours, or someone who understands why your coffee mug is in the freezer and frozen bananas are in the kitchen drawer (True story… again). Sometimes we just need someone who has “been there, done that” to come alongside us and give us permission to stop. It is ok to take time to rest, refresh, and rejuvenate. Actually, we not only have permission, we have a mandate to do just that.
God commanded us (not suggested or recommended) but commanded us to take a sabbath day, a day to rest. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11 NIV). Taking a day to rest the mind, body, and heart is important to our Heavenly Father. God knows what is best for us. He knows without rest we will eventually run out of steam, which will ultimately harm ourselves and quite possibly harm those around us. Am I also giving you permission to stop homeschooling? Well, no. If God has called you to homeschool, then you should continue the adventure. However, it is extremely important to follow the principles of the Sabbath not only on Sundays but while homeschooling too. “Happy mama, happy family!”
Just breathe…. Take another deep breath. Exhale slowly. Sip your coffee. Put your feet up and give yourself a little time to slow down, to stop for a minute, and to rest.
God not only calls us to honor the Sabbath by setting aside time each week to worship and honor him, but He also knows we need time each week to just rest, a day to refresh our souls, our hearts, and our minds. The Message translation of Isaiah 58: 13-14 puts it this way, “If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don’t use my holy day for personal advantage, If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, and God’s holy day as a celebration, If you honor it by refusing ‘business as usual,’ while making money, and running here and there—Then you’ll be free to enjoy God!”
Not only are we free to enjoy our family and our free time, but we are free to enjoy God too! It’s also essential we take little sabbath breaks during each day. Don’t wait till the end of the day to put your feet up. Make it a family routine or personal habit to set aside a few minutes each day to take a break from your schoolwork.
If taking breaks wasn’t important, God would not have commanded it. Is it time to put the books away for the school year? Perhaps you should consider starting that sabbatical now. If not, then wait for the “stay at home mandates” to be lifted, then box up the books and head for the sand. I hear the beach calling……
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Join Carrie for the last part of the 10 Essentials of Homeschooling! Carrie shares the last two essentials: (#9) Silly Time and (#10) Sabbath Time. While homeschooling, it is essential to not only laugh at ourselves but to take much-needed breaks. Carrie purposely book-ended this series with spending time with the Lord. She started with Essential #1 (Bible Time) and ended with Essential #10 (Sabbath Time). It is important to start our day, our weeks, and our year with the Lord, and it is important to take time out of our busy days, weeks, and school year to worship and honor the Lord. Carrie shares ideas on how to use the principle of the Sabbath in your homeschooling and reasons why moms shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. She even left in some of her mistakes in the podcast.