Are you feeling spiritually dry? Emotionally worn out? Physically weak?
I’ve been there. And if I’m not careful, I can end up right back there.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. ~1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Paul tells us that our bodies are a temple of God. We were bought with a price. Therefore, taking care of what has been entrusted to us is important, and dare I say, non-negotiable?
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~Philippians 2:4
For years, I read this text through the lens that I needed to count others as more significant than myself. This is true. But what I missed was the first part, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests.”
Paul is assuming that we are caring for ourselves.
And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ~Matthew 22:39
Again, this text is assuming that we are loving ourselves well.
The term self-care has been tossed around in Christian spheres lately, and too often it’s found to be synonymous with selfishness. After years of confusion over what is selfishness and what is self-care, I am finally on a journey of embracing self-care.
Selfishness says, “I am taking care of me for me and my benefit.”
Self-care says, “I am taking care of me so that our relationship can benefit.”
My interests are important. Other people’s interests are important. It is important that we balance God’s calling to care for others with introspection and self-care.
I believe self-care is biblical, and as Christian women, we could use a good dose of self-care.
Over the next month, I will be sharing thoughts (and practical suggestions) about self care. I will be joined by some of my blogging friends:
Beth from Red and Honey
Erin from The Humbled Homemaker
Stacy from The Delightful Home
Krissa from More than Mundane
Mindy from This Crazy Wonderful Life
Emily from Live Renewed
Nicole from Gidget Goes Home
Diana from My Humble Kitchen
Every Wednesday there will be a new post (on my blog and theirs) about a specific area of self care.
We will be covering in the Embracing Self-Care Series:
- Wednesday, April 2 – Know thyself
- Wednesday, April 9 – Health and Spirituality
- Wednesday, April 16 – Peace in the Home
- Wednesday, April 23 – Taking some R & R
So if you’re feeling spiritually thin, emotionally weary, or physically drained, then this series is for you. I hope it blesses you!
If you have a blog, we invite you to join us and link up each week. If not, then I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments.