When I think of things that I savor, I’m filled with feelings of warmth, contentment, and peace: A kiss from my husband Snuggles from my daughter A hot cup of coffee A piece of dark chocolate Watching a sunset Going to bed early Hearing my favorite song A few minutes of free time Time is a precious thing, right? We’re all so busy it seems like there’s just never enough time in a day. We rush from task to task, feeling like we accomplish little, always striving for more. These moments, though, oh these moments when we really stop all the distractions to savor something that is simply lovely. And we are able to just savor them and forget about the world for a little while. And the most precious time, the moments to savor above all others, are the moments we spend with our Lord studying His Word, talking…
This past week, my entire family came down with a terrible stomach virus. Needless to say, it was a tough week all around. While we were sick, my thoughts and prayers were filled with concern for my family, especially our young daughter, who we worried would need to go to the hospital (thankfully, she bounced back quickly!). Once we were all on the mend, my thoughts quickly turned to everything that was sorely neglected during those days of sickness: The housework, this blog, appointments that were missed, and so on. My to-do list quickly grew, and I felt exhausted trying to catch up on everything, or at least not get further behind. I didn’t prioritize prayer or Bible study time. I found myself making a mental grocery list during play time with my daughter. I started thinking about Faithfully Committed while my husband was trying to have a conversation with…
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?