More Than Just a Vacation
I know this is a different point of view on self-care, and it’s not to diminish its importance. I just want to encourage you that when you feel that your care is entirely up to you, and requires no leaning on, or faith in, a God who is stronger than you, remember He makes you lie down in green pastures. Don’t forget the Shepherd cares for you so deeply that you can fully trust Him, no matter your season of life.
Finding time to ourselves is important, but it can also become another ravenous idol we can’t satisfy. Refreshing moments away from our children are a necessity, but it shouldn’t end there.
Until I began to put Jesus first, the over-working, and focus on the food and things in my life became an idol for my empty heart. It’s easy to put aside the dishes, laundry, and daily responsibilities, and feel like it’s pointless and doesn’t serve our self-care.
It’s not easy to take up our cross and follow Christ.
Service Can Also Fill You
Parenting is about service. When my heart is rooted in Jesus, I can serve with open hands. I can fold and put away each load of laundry with joy knowing I’m providing a clean house for my sweet little ones.
The meals I cook may not be appreciated, but I’m feeding them with more than physical nourishment. I’m showing my boys how to provide and my girls how to serve.
It’s normal, while serving in any capacity, to feel this tension between self-sacrifice and self-care.
My children who need me to pour their drinks for them don’t worry whether I will give them something for their thirst. In this way, set your empty cup before the Lord, expecting Him to refill it.
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