Self-Care Not Optional

I think I have mentioned in the past that some people actually don’t like the woman in Prov. 31. True – I have heard it with my own ears. I think some find her to be hard to live up to. I mean she does so much and seems so selfless. As I read of her, I see her as balanced. Someone who gets up early to make time for herself. Someone who works in her garden (which can be relaxing and allows time for pensiveness). Someone who uses her hands to create and explores her creative side. Someone who spends time with God. See, while she worked hard, I also envision her making time to nurture her own spirit and interests. I see her as a woman in touch with her need for self-care.

The bible talks a lot of about self-care. Scriptures like the ones below from Mark and Matthew remind us that God wants us to care for ourselves. He wants us to take time for ourselves. Only then can we be awesome for those around us.

Mark 6:31 “And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

How can we love our neighbors as ourselves, if we aren’t practicing love for ourselves. Self-care is not selfish, but one of the most loving things we can do for ourselves.

So, what are you doing today or this week to renew your soul and spirit? How do you practice regular self-care? …And on the 7th day, He rested, maybe you should follow his cue.

Lord, help us to disavow the lie that we must always be busy. Help us to embrace the concept and importance of self-care. Lord help us to make room for the person who probably needs us the most right now and gets the least from us – ourselves. Show us what brings us peace and joy. Remind us of our gifts and talents. Lord show us how to make room for our renewal and recognize the blessing that it is not only for ourselves but also for others. Amen!

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