Six Tips for Great Spiritual Self-Care
Self care is vitally important. Self-care is simply consciously taking care of yourself. This can include things like exercising, resting, taking vitamins and of course our daily morning and evening hygienic routines. While these activities are necessary for maintaining good health, it is just as important to invest in spiritual self-care. Using some physical aspects of self-care, I decided to make a comparison to spiritual activities that will nourish the spiritual part of us also.
Rest– Mark 6:31 “And he [Jesus] said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while.”
Jesus and His disciples were so busy caring for the vast multitudes of needy people that they had no time to take care of themselves. Sound familiar? We too, especially as women who have our own businesses, find ourselves so busy caring for everyone else that it is easy to neglect ourselves. The Creator of the universe realized that His creatures needed rest. He gently but firmly drew His workers away from the crowds, and alone with Him. Make sure that you take time away from your business and be alone with your husband, or sometimes even your lady friends for a spiritual women’s retreat. Because even in your alone times, you need your family, your friends but most of all your Savior.
Exercise – Micah 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Our Christian life should be one of moving with God. We are told many times in Scripture to walk with God. Each day include Him in your daily activities and seek His guidance and obey His commands. He is the source of all our blessings, He loves us, it is to our benefit to walk with Him, after all, He knows what is ahead.
Food – Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them.”
The prophet Jeremiah here is talking about the Word of God. Every day we “eat”, we ingest all kinds of words. From reading this blog post, to clicking on click bait, to reading or watching news, TV programs, etc., we are figuratively eating a lot of words. Just as good clean food is necessary for a healthy body so too do we need to ingest clean healthy nourishing words. There are no better words to eat than those from the Bible. In your daily “eating” of words make sure you include a serving or God’s Word.
De-stress – Philippines 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Stress is a killer. So how do you combat stress? Essential oils are certainly a start and our Peace blend truly helps but nothing can compare to the peace that God alone offers His children. When you are feeling stressful, use the oils, but even more importantly, run to God and ask for His peace, to give you an answer of peace in your stressful situation. Unlike our wonderful oils, God’s peace is beyond understanding.
Meditate – Psalm 63:6 “When I … meditate on thee in the night watches.”
Mediation is a way to clear your mind and help you relax. Instead of emptying your mind, let me encourage you to rather fill your mind with the goodness and greatness of God, His goodness and His Word. Many times our thoughts of God turn to prayers as we remember what God has done for us and His promises to us through His Holy Word.
Support – Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
God did not create us to be complete in ourselves. We need others both to give to and receive from, to encourage us in our daily activities. This verse is many times quoted in the context of church attendance. When we go to church, we are not only getting encouragement from other believers, but we are an encouragement to them. Make friends with those of your church family, pray for them, and pray for your pastor. Being a part of a local church is a major part of spiritual self-care.
All of these spiritual activities are intertwined with each other. You will find that as you actively practice spiritual self-care, your physical life will benefit also. Leave a comment below about how you practice spiritual self care.