Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Declared Thursday "Pajama Day"

It had been a rough week. I was feeling blue and flat. Lacking energy to come up with one more meal. Lacking patience for my precious family. Lacking positivity to be able to respond to the emails awaiting me in my inbox. Lacking interest in decorating projects yet to be completed. Bottom line: all the things that normally make me tick, felt about as desirious to me as eating a piece of cardboard. And that scared me.

So I declared Thursday to be "Pajama Day". A day to sleep in and hang out in my pajamas until noon. A day to forget my laundry, and allay any guilt for feeding my son chocolate bombs for breakfast. A day to read as many decorating blogs as I wanted and watch a girly movie. It sounded really good to me.

And the truth is, it FELT really good to let go of all the work and expectations for one day and just enjoy myself. At least along until about 1:00.

I was taking a long, hot shower, congratulating myself on the wisdom of my Pajama Day Declaration. And then, He spoke.

Everything slowed, my heart dropped, and I was rebuked. I was no different than Adam and Eve who sewed clothes out of leaves, or the children of Israel who built the golden calf. I was looking for my own redemption. Trying to figure things out on my own. Trying to fix it in my own strength.

But just as soon as my disappointment started to rise, He spoke again. This time, with familiar comforting grace.

So then and there, I rested. I truly rested. Pajama Day was redeemed. Not by me, by Him. By the One who interrupts my feable attempts to rescue myself with His voice, with His truth, with His rest.

Have you been dreaming of your own "Pajama Day"? Oh, you might call it something different, but are you longing for an escape from the mess of your life? For something to bring you alive again?

I'm here to encourage you to look deeper, to look behind "Pajama Day" and see what you are really longing for. I bet it's redemptive rest and it's only found in Him.

"I suspected that all the yearnings for I knew not what that I had ever felt - were in truth yearnings for him. For God. I yearned towards Him." Sheldon VanAuken, A Severe Mercy


Belinda Chaplin said...

thanks for this! Great reminder!!!

Becky Aguirre said...

Thanks for posting about redeeming your "Pajama day"! Speaks to me today...

Glitter and Bliss said...

Let's hear it for PJ day!!! I agree!!! A wonderful idea. I too have been feeling a little uninspired. My little Max started at a church preschool today, and i have been weaping all day. Crying doesn't even cover it. I feel like an early empty nester. I miss them so much. I do know that I need to be working on orders, but I want my two little guys home too. I know.....I just can't have it. It is not what is best. Max cried all the way to church today, and we having a terrible time with me leaving. I just sobbed and sobbed. Out of his little sight though. I put up a good front. I adore my boys, and i know you can relate. The Lord has belessed me with these two precious people, and giving up evan an afternoon with them is hard on me. Thanks for listening my sweet friend. Leslie

Julie said...

I love this! Thanks for the great post.

jennykate77 said...

I have and I'll be taking your advice. It's amazing that God knows just what we need it and He's always right on time...if we'll just allow him to be. That was such a word of encouragement for me today. Thank you, you're a blessing!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Glitter and Bliss said...

Hey!!! Yes... you won....fair and square. I was so excited!!! Now, let me know your far away address, and I will ship it to you. Congrats to you. You are so deserving.

the Chacogirl said...

Thank you for speaking to my heart. We always want to fix things so that they are "better" for us. We need to let God do the fixing. Hugs, Brenda

Glitter and Bliss said...

Hey friend!! I need your address to send your pendant to you. I can't wait to get it to you. Leslie

Hillengrandma said...

I have been following your blog since back in the winter sometime when Becky first told me about you. You are such an inspiration to me and to Becky. Thanks for being so supportive to her. I just read what you wrote to her this evening about Kent. Thank you for your encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless you and your sweet family. I am Becky Liles mother.

drucillastitches said...

I just found your blog by way of Women of the Harvest.I'm enjoying reading about you and your sweet family. Will be praying for you and your ministry in Paraguay. We homeschool and love to add more missionaries to our study and prayer list!
God Bless You!

Tim and Susan said...

Hey, you NEED pajama days too. I like the break from routine when Tim is away and I can watch a girly movie and we eat pancakes for version of pajama day.

But, I hear you too, that our real rest and refuge is in Jesus and His precious Word. Thank you for the wonderful reminder!!


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