A Soul Care Tip for the Holidays

(in)courage | 11/18/2018 | Staff
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She waited until almost everyone had left the church auditorium. She chatted with her friends until she saw I was getting ready to leave then walked over to ask me a question.

“So, as Christians, if we are called to be selfless,” she took a breath, “how does it make sense to prioritize self-care? How can I justify doing something for myself when I’m called to sacrifice for other people in my life?”

Books - Mother - Group - Importance - Care

I had just finished signing books after speaking to a mother’s group about the importance of taking better care of ourselves by letting God love us during the times we need it most — when we feel anxious.

As I asked my new friend about the pressures and stresses in her life, she began to share her story. As she did, I heard her deeper, real questions: Is it okay to take care of myself, even if it means the things I’ve been holding onto might fall apart? What if I fail to meet someone’s else expectations of me, including my own?

Desire - Heart - God

I heard the deeper desire of her heart that God hears us whisper: Am I worth loving too?

Are you longing for rest, wanting to take better care of yourself yet wondering if God really values what brings you joy and peace too?

Holidays - Expectations - Anxieties - Pressure - Everything

During the holidays, when expectations are even higher, more than ever we’re aware of our anxieties. We feel pressure to make everything right and good for everyone. We put an unreasonable amount of pressure on ourselves to be all and do all. We compare ourselves and our families to others and carry this heavy feeling that we’ll have to work very hard to survive the holidays.

We end up ignoring our hearts and become numb to the joy and peace we long to feel. We keep quiet and soldier...
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