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Dear Fellow Christians: Self-Care Is Not Selfish

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?

Scripture Saturdays: Finding Joy in Suffering

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.

Becoming a Daughter-in-Law

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.

The Scandalous Grace of Jesus: My Story

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.

Extending Christ-like Grace to Your Husband

Picture this scenario in your mind (it likely won’t take too much effort, since we’ve all been this woman at some point or another):

The day starts out with you already running late.. and by the end of it, you still haven’t caught up.

You really meant to vacuum the floors and get the bathrooms cleaned today (again) but just didn’t quite get to it. And that errand you promised your husband you’d run will have to wait until tomorrow. The laundry is still piled up, as are the dishes.

But, all in all, you feel like you did the best you could today. You tried your hardest and did what you could. You pray that you’ll do better tomorrow but accept that you’re only human and there’s only so much you can do.

Now, your husband could respond to your efforts in one of two ways:

Scripture Saturdays: Clothing for Your Soul

It’s hard to find time in your busy schedule 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 that each Saturday morning we come together and study a verse 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 a new verse every Saturday morning, grab a cup of coffee and your prayer journal, and let’s grow together in the Lord!