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…
When we look around at all the need that exists in this world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We think that making an impact is impossible. How can I possibly help? How can God possibly use me for His good and glory? And so we do nothing. But what if we’re thinking about this all wrong? What if instead trying to create large-scale, elaborate change, we start with small, simple acts of kindness to those around us? What if we just start by reaching out a hand to someone in need? Letting someone know they’re on our minds and that we care? What if we start giving our time, energy, and love more freely? A simple word. A small gesture. A loving action. God will use, bless, and multiply these beyond our wildest dreams. All we have to do is act. Here are 20 small and simple random acts of…
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?
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.
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: