Mamas, if you are anything like me, you tend to put yourself on the back burner. Everybody else and everything else comes first. Kids have to go to football, your husband needs your help loading hogs at 6 AM and your toddler just doesn’t want to take a nap. Sound a little bit familiar? With everything we have expected of us as moms, it can be overwhelming yet we think that doing ONE thing for ourselves is selfish! How can that be!? Well, I have something that I want you to do that may come as a challenge for some of you. When I first started practicing self-care it was no easy task. I felt selfish and guilty for taking time for myself when the enemy of my mind was telling me that I should’ve been helping my family or doing something as a mom or wife. However, we have to tell the enemy to shut up and take some time for ourself. How can we run and run and run for everybody else if we arent taking care of ourselves? That’s not healthy! That is a recipe for self-destruction! Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t have to go very far. It could be coffee with your best friend at your kitchen table, a bubble bath with a good book at the end of the night or just getting to the car rider line at the elementary school a tad bit early so you can sit in the car in silence and absolutely nothing if you want to do absolutely nothing.
Dear busy, guilt ridden mama,
Do something for yourself today. It’s OK and you deserve it! I promise you that your family will be there when you are done taking a time out for yourself! And I also really think that they will love you even more when you come back as a calm and fun Mama… not a MOMster.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35 NIV <—- see, even Jesus took time for himself, away from his apostles.