WMU Monthly News from Betsy Ross
Missions: It’s not just a project; it’s a way of life.
As women, we’re really good at taking care of others, often at the expense of our own physical, mental or emotional health. Self-care is essential for believers but this form of self-care is not about escape or indulgence; it’s an intentional regard for our bodies as a temple of God. Self-care is a matter of stewardship—a faithful partnership with God to care for our whole selves.
“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 ESV
Self-Care for Christians is about making the daily decision to nourish yourself through the Word of God and investing in your overall well-being. This is not a “quick fix” product or program. Self-care is not selfish or indulgent when it’s actively following and cooperating with God’s work in you. Engaging in self-care should provide more than momentary relief. It involves making small choices and building healthy habits that replenish your mind, body, and soul. Proper self-care shouldn’t only be on a physical level, but begin at the soul-level with God in prayer, study of Scripture, and the accountability and encouragement of other believers.
Many self-care habits are not what you’d call fun. Nutrition, catching up on neglected health issues, getting started with exercise and choosing a reasonable bedtime can all feel like chores, but each one makes a small investment in your overall well-being. Practicing self-care allows you to deeply invest in meeting the needs of others as well as your own. You will become well-equipped to pour out from the abundance in your own life.
When we neglect our basic needs for too long, we will inevitably burn out and no longer be able to serve others in the same capacity. Self-Care can be simple, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes it requires delayed gratification, self-discipline, facing your shame, and humbling yourself before God in order to take steps in the right direction.
• Start the day in prayer and reading Scripture to set your mind on the things of God.
• Recognize your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit; it is a worthwhile pursuit to deeply nourish yourself through the avenues God has provided.
• See your self-care habits as an opportunity to be a faithful steward of your health and well-being for God’s glory, not as indulgent ways to escape your responsibilities.
• Set healthy boundaries in relationships.
• Ask God for wisdom about how you can proactively reduce non-essential things in your life to make space for restorative, intentional habits that serve you well.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 ESV
As women, we are gravely depleted and worn out because we absorb trauma, relational discord, financial stress, and a large share of the worry when raising children. All too often, we simply don’t nourish ourselves with restorative habits to counter balance the difficult things we experience.
We must accept this responsibility on a daily basis, consistently drawing deep from the well of God’s wisdom. It’s hard to pour out from an empty cup. What small changes can you implement to refill your cup?
In His Service,