Take Time for Yourself!
Updated: Apr 17, 2019
This month, our Online Parenting Class is on the topic of The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Child,” and addresses the importance of self-care.
The topic of this edition is especially important because if you aren’t taking great care of yourself, you can’t take great care of your kids.
Taking care of yourself is not only good for you and your kids, it’s something God commands us to do because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit: Or 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. ~1st Corinthians 6:19-20.
What have you done for yourself this week?
If the answer is ‘nothing’, you need to change that.
I also hope you’ve had time to watch the video for this lesson—the video that reminds you that it is okay…even necessary for you to take care of yourself.
The Bible contains numerous verses pointing to the wisdom of taking care of yourself and giving yourself some much-deserved ‘me time’ on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at a few of these verses now. I also want to encourage you to adopt some of the suggestions you’ll find at the end of this email that will make you feel better about yourself as a person and as a parent.
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. ~3rd John 1:2
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? ~1st Corinthians 3:16
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. ~Psalm 139:13-14
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ~1st Corinthians 10:31
Now for those tips I promised…
#1: Hire a babysitter or trade childcare services with friends once or twice a month and spend the day doing whatever YOU want to do without interruptions.
#2: Put a lock on the bathroom door (high enough to be out of reach of little hands). Use it when you are taking your shower/bath.
#3: Don’t forget to spend time with God each day. Twenty or thirty minutes at the start of each day in Bible reading and prayer are just what you need to keep you feeling complete and sane.
#4: Take turns with your spouse when it comes to bath time and bedtime with your preschooler. When it’s not your turn, take advantage of the time to read, enjoy a cup of tea and dessert, exercise, or whatever else makes you feel special.
#5: Spend some time each week enjoying a hobby or being involved in a ministry project or Bible study. While you might not be kid-free for everything, you’ll still be taking care of yourself and that’s what matters.