TITLE: BEING GOOD TO YOURSELF. WHAT'S THAT?
By Lorene Weaver
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When I was a young girl, my pastor father never complimented me. Praise was very foreign in our household. I remember hearing over and over that to think well of one's self, was to be conceited and that was definitely an unlikable quality. That stuck harder than "Mighty Putty". Along with that, probably because we were poor, came the notion that to indulge in pleasures was equally as bad. Life was pretty boring with an occasional highlight here and there.
My older brother was a lot more rebellious than I and broke out of that mold to the
opposite extreme. I use to wish I had guts enough to do stuff that he did but then he
was a guy and back then girls just didn't have the same kinds of freedoms. He ran away,
not very far -just to the cherry tree in the backyard- but he got his message across. Me,
I wanted to really run away. Just too scared. He showed anger, something that was not acceptable in our house. He did it anyway. I got stomach aches! Oh well.
Grown up time, marriage, and motherhood did not change my views of being good to myself. My view,at that time,was getting all the work done I needed to was being good to myself.
I now know the truth. Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Doing things that I enjoy such as spending time with the Lord, gardening, crocheting, writing, and being with friends, whether by phone or in person, is showing love to myself as these things bring relaxation and enjoyment.
I need to be sure to watch out for my emotional health as well. Reading the Word, renewing my mind, letting God direct, trusting Him to meet all my needs has brought incredible joy and peace.
Check it out.
Have you been able to say no when you should to be good to yourself? (For instance, you are tired and just wanting to veg out, but a call comes and your plans take second place.) When did this last happen?
Do you spend time alone in your prayer closet daily?
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
When was that last doctor check up or have you been putting things off?
What do you do for a mental health break?
Do you feel selfish taking care of yourself?
Are you feeling sad because you expect someone to take care of you?
What's the best thing you could do for yourself right now?
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