It happens to all of us, we get in a funk or life throws some troublesome situations at us and we feel overwhelmed. You may be at the point of giving up, you want to throw in the towel because your joy has gone from you.
How do you restore your joy, bring life back to your tired soul, and once again overflow with God’s love? You take a snow day for your soul!
As impractical as that sounds, you have to look at the example set forth in Scripture by Jesus: He took the time to be by Himself and recharge with God. Even Jesus needed to take a break, which means you will surely need one too.
What do I mean by “take a snow day”? When you were a kid a snow day was a dream come true! You were supposed to go to school, you had responsibilities that were suddenly canceled, and you played all day instead.
As a Christian adult, a snow day for the soul is a little different. But before we get into how to have one, allow me to convince why you need it.
Let’s say you are overwhelmed by responsibilities: Kids, cleaning the house, relationships with friends, school, work. Let’s face it, taking a day off seems dreadfully impractical and slightly irresponsible.
But let’s look to Jesus as our example: He lead thousands of people, healed the sick, fed the poor, and let’s not forget the spiritual battle the enemy was waging against Him.
Was it irresponsible for Jesus to withdraw to lonely places to pray? Well, of course not! He was investing in His relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit so that He could pour into the lives of others. That is what you need to do, too.
A snow day for the soul is for you to be filled up by Almighty God Creator and to have your joy restored. If you do not take the time to do this, the repercussions will be serious and will affect everyone in your life.
A general moodiness begins to set in, a commitment to excellence will become too exhausting to manage, and relationships will begin to deteriorate. Not taking a snow day for your soul is far more irresponsible than taking one.
Yes, it is true, from the outside, some people might see you as careless or as bad mother/friend, but that between God and them in their heart. Don’t let their misunderstanding ways hinder you from following the example of Jesus.
Now, how do you take a snow day for the soul to restore your joy?
1. Begin your day focused on God.
Be in His word for a length of time, at least an hour. Do some Bible journaling. Read and meditate on His word, His love for you, the sacrifice He provided for you.
If you have children, you may need to ask a friend or family member to watch them for a couple of hours. If this person cares about your spiritual health, he or she will figure out a time to help you.
Be humble enough to ask for help.
2. Take a stand for your peace and joy.
If you lack peace or joy, then the enemy is wrongfully stealing from you. Jesus said He left His peace with us and by abiding in Him, our joy will be FULL. (John 14:27 and John 15:1-11)
These are promises from God and when we choose to follow His ways, we need to stand on these promises and tell the enemy to take a hike because we belong to God. We carry the same authority as Jesus did because His Spirit is in us (1 Corinthians 6:19), and so if Jesus could tell the devil to leave, we can too.
You can do this by:
- first being in His word
- reading His promises
- telling the enemy verbally that you choose to believe God’s promises over his lies and nothing can separate you from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39)
- Then, in Jesus name, tell the enemy to go because you rest in the promises of God.
The enemy cannot withstand God, draw near to God and God will draw near to you (James 4:8). Be in His word and in prayer, and the enemy has to leave. Seek refuge in the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91:4).
3. Do something fun.
Now, it isn’t recorded that Jesus took “fun time”. However, I think freaking the disciples out when He walked on water probably gave Him a good laugh (Matthew 14:22-33). What about that time when He appeared out of no where in a locked room (John 20:19)?
I know raising from the dead brought full joy in His heart because His people could finally be restored to Him. No, Jesus didn’t go to the movies or out to lunch, but He did do things that He enjoyed and He cultivated relationships.
What is “fun” to you is going to be different than what I think is fun, but it should be something God would rejoice in, too. Yesterday, I got to pull my two little cuties around the neighborhood in a sled because it snowed. Does hauling 65+ lbs while pregnant through the snow when it is below freezing sound fun to you? Maybe not, but it was refreshing to my soul.
I also snuggled my husband on the couch. We watched a silly old movie about a man and woman who are very much like us in personality. Yesterday was a great day, it was a snow day for my soul.
Yes, I still did laundry, responded to 30+ emails, created a few webpages, made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for my family, and did a few things on social media…oh, and packaged 5 orders, but I took the time I needed with God and my family. It was wonderful.
Invest in yourself
Today, I’m a better mother, wife, and friend because of it. I’m a better servant for my God because I took time to invest in what God has given me.
Before you burn out, you need to take some time and invest in what God has given you.
Taking what some may call “me time” is not a sin, Jesus did it! Jesus wasn’t a joyless leader, He was a man who loved people. If Jesus hadn’t taken time to pray alone and invest in close friendships, then he would have burnt out, too.
Please take the advice of someone who has been there, I’ve burned out. It is far more difficult to recover from a burn out than to take one snow day.
The longer you go without taking serious time to be alone with God and invest in relationships, the longer it will take you to recover.
Do something today that your future self will thank you for, take a snow day for your soul.