Yesterday, I posted a little video clip on the need for reprieve!! Sometimes.... we just need to GET AWAY from our everyday!
I also talked about the struggle I often have of feeling that need but not being in a situation where I can necessarily have that break I am so desperately desiring.
Winter months tend to be the hardest for most people as you are often trapped inside, with little sunlight or fresh air and cabin fever really starts to set in! I am so tickled on the first nice days as spring approaches and I can open a few windows and my front door to let some fresh air in!
We live in a world of GO, GO, GO and often find ourselves stumped as to why we can't just keeping going like the rest of the world seems to! Do you find yourself feeling like a failure when you become drained and unmotivated? Do you question your abilities and compare yourself to to other women that seem to be able to DO IT ALL?
Well... STOP doing that! LOL
Really, though, stop.'
Here is why....
God NEVER intended nor did He create us... to GO GO GO!! Our bodies and minds have limits. It is the world that has created this unrealistic facade and it is literally killing people, especially, mentally. Most of the world is on anitdepressants/ anti anxiety medication and even those often fail to work. You were not made to do it all... and trying to do so... will surely kill your spirit... if nothing else.
OTHERS.... DON'T DO IT ALL EITHER! Quit comparing yourself to the little snipits you see in other people's lives. You don't see the entire picture. No one can do it all.... and if they try.... chances are.... they are falling apart... slowly but surely. Now, there may be other women that do different things than you do, that perhaps, gives you the idea they are doing it all.... but really stop and assess your life. It is very l likely... you are doing things... other women aren't doing. I am going to bet, there are a whole lot of crazy, busy women, that often cry themselves to sleep at nigh from pure exhaustion. Trying to do it all.... has great consequences..... that are not beneficial to anyone.
Ladies.... no doubt,... God put us here to serve others and in that.... we can find tremendous joy. However, serving others, does not mean , denying ourselves basic self care.
No, in the 14 years I have been home with children, homeschooling and changing diapers, there is no doubt, I have not gotten the breaks I have so desperately needed. And I have surely gone through seasons when I completely neglected not just my heart's desires, but my basic daily needs.
I have learned.... the devastating effects this has on both myself and my family. God loves me as much as He loves others, He wants me to love myself (in a healthy way) and care for my own body, the way I long to care for others.
That is NOT selfish.... that is NECESSARY!!
Nurturing and pampering yourself can be a beautiful thing as long as the heart behind it, is aligned with God's.
I want to care for myself because I want to feel at my best to serve Him, not because I feel I a more important than others.
I cannot serve God.... if I never service myself!
So... Here are 5 things every woman should do for herself..... DAILY!!! Without guilt, without hesitation. This is especially important when you do not have a lot of opportunities to get the outside breaks you need. You may be like me and have to forgo a lot of the bigger breaks with a lot of little ones. Don't get me wrong... you still need the bigger ones.... such as; a night away, a manicure/pedicure, a day of shopping, lunch with a friend, even just an afternoon at a coffee joint reading a book. BUT, when the bigger ones aren't possible.... the little ones can be just as healing!
5 THINGS WOMEN SHOULD DO DAILY!
So there you have it.... you need to do these things for yourself... every day!!!! And don't you ever, feel guilty about doing so!!!! God loves you.... as much as He loves those you serve. You matter. You always have. And always will.
Peace and Blessings