If you’re anything like me, you may feel like your mornings are kind of stressful and rushed. It’s hard to get up and get ready to go in the mornings, help your husband, take care of the littles. Whatever your morning routine entails, it’s hard work!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on a mission to make my mornings different. I want to learn to take better care of myself so that I can take better care of my family and others.
My time in the mornings is really limited, as I’m sure is the case for you, but I’ve found that I have about 30 minutes of down time between when my husband leaves for work and when my daughter wakes up. I used to use this time for other things, such as cleaning, but I finally decided that it is important to invest some time in self-care.
If you’re ready to makeover your morning self-care routine, take a look at your schedule, carve out 30 minutes just for you, and follow these 5 easy steps.
I’m not sure how we got to this place, but it seems there’s a pervasive attitude that self-care is inherently selfish. Sinful even.
Especially if you’re a Christian, a woman, and/or a wife and mom.
If you’re a Christian woman who is also a wife and mom, you’re pretty much allowed zero time to yourself without getting judged by others and feeling guilt to the very core of your being.
We’re told to give, give, give. All the time.
Don’t be lazy. Don’t be selfish. Serve others.
Yes, giving is good. Yes, productivity is good. And, yes, serving others is definitely good.
But how are you going to do that if you never take care of yourself?
How do you give when you’re running on empty?
Before I met my husband, I was single for seven years. Not months. Years.
At the time, I felt like those years were wasted. I watched as everyone around me was getting married, having children, and seemingly moving forward with their lives.
And I felt like I was just standing still. Even as I finished my Master’s Degree, built my career, and bought my first house, I felt like I was missing out on life.
My heart’s desire was for marriage and a family.
I didn’t understand why God seemed to be holding out on me. Why would He put such a strong desire within me and then ask me to remain single?
It’s hard to find time in our busy schedules to spend time with the Lord, but it is so very crucial to our spiritual well-being that we make this time. My challenge to you (and to myself) is to come together each Saturday morning and study a passage from the Bible. Let’s talk about what it means to us and how we can apply it in our daily lives. So look for new verses every Saturday morning, grab a cup of coffee and your prayer journal, and let’s grow together in the Lord!
So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world (1 Peter 1:6-7).
These words, written by Peter to persecuted Christians, offer us hope and comfort during times of trial and struggle.
Maybe you’re walking through a difficult time or a major life change. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted from your current troubles. Let these verses serve as a reminder that our trials are not in vain. God doesn’t waste anything. Whatever you are going through, He will use it for your good and for His glory.
So many things change when you first get married!
You and your husband are suddenly a family, just the two of you, separate from your parents.
We all know the Bible calls on our husbands to leave their parents and cleave unto their wives (Genesis 2:24). But this leaving and cleaving doesn’t mean that they aren’t still a part of their larger families as well. Their parents will always be their parents (although the roles and interactions definitely have to change after marriage).
So this reality brings with it a whole new role for newlywed women: Daughter-in-law.
I was sitting in my car at an intersection, the turn signal set for left, towards home. It was dark and there were no other cars around.
I was crying. Not just a few tears here and there, but really crying.
I was so incredibly lost and broken.
How did I get to this place? So lost in my own sin.
I wanted to change, but I believed it was too late for me. I felt like my downward spiral was out of my control.