• Countless women, both young and seasoned, are having strokes, anxiety attacks, new diagnoses of vertigo, diabetes, back issues, and sudden unexplained illnesses, to name a few.

    Someone recently stated to me, “you sure don’t miss an opportunity to take a nap.” My reply was “nope, I sure don’t”. Inwardly, I felt I had earned every nap God allows me the opportunity to now take. But I did not always have this mindset.

    My son is 25 years old; for a large part of his life, I was a single mother. When he was much younger, there were so many times I wanted to stop and take a nap, but could not. I had to press on; there was no option to take a nap or at least I didn’t think there was one.

    We are about to embark on one of the most celebrated holiday’s in our society – Mother’s Day. And honestly, while I love the idea of being recognized for this God-ordained role, for real, to me, there is not enough time in one day to celebrate the awesome wonder of carrying life; bringing life into the world; or nurturing and molding the character of life for the sake developing a decent human being. Yet, we make an attempt.

    So in that vein, I would like to offer mother’s, in whatever capacity you play that role, to embrace the concept of “a soft Saturday”, which is this month’s featured poetic expression. I was inspired to write it on a Saturday, a long time ago, while strolling in a book store. My soul was quiet; my steps were light and my spirit was at peace; suddenly that moment felt – soft!

    I am not suggesting that stress is the root cause of all of society’s illnesses although many can be attributed to it. I do however, believe that “what you put before you, you must pay attention to”; so the key is to be extremely intentional about what and who you put before you.  Mom’s – if whatever is before you is preventing you from stopping to take a much deserved nap, or take a much needed walk in the park or to take the time to really sit, smell the aroma of a great cup of tea, perhaps it is time to assess what is before you. I offer you to have a “soft Saturday” every now and again. Even Jesus rested and He commands us to do so, at least once a week! At least.

    Click the “poetic Wednesday” tab for the encouragement of “a soft Saturday” and … Happy Mother’s Day.

    Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

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