Are you trying to fill the emptiness and exhaustion with physical and emotional food only?

If we aren’t re-filling spiritually then we aren’t truly fulfilling our exhaustion. We are simply masking it for a time and as soon as the activity is over, we will still feel weary inside.

Feeding and nurturing our spirit is the foundation to overall health. And true refreshing comes from time spent alone – with God.

Jesus knew the importance of spending time away from the noise and rush.

“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”
Luke 5:16 (NASB)

Notice the use of ‘often’ in this verse – Jesus made it a regular part of His routine to pull away from the demands on His time to get alone with God in prayer and be recharged, refilled, ready to pour back out in service to those in need.

We must make taking care of ourselves a priority – and that’s not easy for busy women.

It requires being intentional to set aside time – scheduling an appointment with God and keeping it.

Yeah, I know, who has time for that, right? I get it. Truly I do. However, we must acknowledge taking this time for ourselves is important because we are valuable. Not just to the people who need us, but we are also treasured by God.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 (ESV)

We are valuable – so valuable His Spirit chooses to dwell in us.

Therefore, shouldn’t we take care of the place where God’s Spirit abides?

As Christ lives in us and guides us to serve others, we must be healthy in all facets of our lives – spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, and yes, even financially – ready in whatever way He calls us to serve.

Let’s be women who embrace caring for ourselves so we can embrace caring for others.

Lord, when we struggle to see the importance of taking time for ourselves, remind us Your spirit lives within us. Remind us to care for the vessel in which You have chosen to dwell. Help us to set aside time to sit in Your presence to refuel and refill so we may serve others as You have called us to do. May our focus always be on You, Jesus. Give us wisdom to know when to press pause, care for our own needs, and when to move in love toward others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Written by Stephanie K. Adams

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