For Day Thirty, I am thankful for rest.
I did it! I blogged for thirty days in a row about things I am thankful for. And I'm ready for a rest! I don't need or want a rest from thankfulness, just a little break from blogging. Actually, my list could continue for a while longer, and that's a good thing. It is only by God's grace that I was able to write all month about things that I am thankful for, because everything is from His hand.
So back to rest. I got some really good physical rest over the long Thanksgiving break. I love that holiday for many reasons, but one big one is that there's not a lot of hustle and bustle, unless you have to travel or choose to go shopping on Black Friday. The time off gave me some days at home to just relax and rest and do fun things and hang out with family. And that was good for me.
I also got some rest from parenting over the holiday. I do not consider myself to have a horrible job as Daniel's mom, and I hardly like to classify myself as a "single mom" because I have LOTS of help in raising him, including from his dad. But over this extended weekend while Daniel was away from me, I appreciated the "time off" from parenting and it gave me new strength for being a mom.
Finally, I am thankful for the privilege and gift that God gives me to rest in Him every day (if I will do it). He reminds me often that I don't have to worry about this or that, because He's got in all in control. I can find rest for my weary mind and soul in Him alone. And when I surrender to that rest, it feels so good. And peaceful. And makes me thankful.
"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." Matthew 11:29, NASB