I have often thought moms do little for themselves.
We are busy taking care of children, being a wife and focused on keeping a home. Yes, we are doing Kingdom work right in our homes. And it is a 24/7 job!
But, honestly, are you tired?
Are you burned out?
Have you snapped at your children lately? Or your husband?
A few weeks ago, in Yosemite, I stole the time to take one of the art classes in the National Park – four hours long! My mom and friends watched the kids as I sat under the trees painting Half Dome.
I learned to see the world from a contemporary modern artist. While this is not my favorite medium, I learned something new. I was able to reflect on the glory of God amidst the towering granite rocks and small wildflowers at my feet. God’s majesty is everywhere in creation and painting it brings me closer to Him.
I did not feel guilty. Perhaps years ago I would have, but now after cancer, I see the value in time away. Time to breathe. Time to reflect. Not only do I strive to do this daily in a quiet time, but now I seek out opportunities that fill my soul regularly.
I take time to recharge so when I am present with my family and my husband, I am truly present.
This is no easy task. At home and in my life, there are thousands of things to do and lists to accomplish. I have to carve out the time and make it a priority. No one else will do this, but me!
So can I encourage you, moms of princesses and knights?
Can you take time for yourself this week? And when you do, put into action 1 Cor. 10:31. Find your place and “bring glory to God” wherever you are.
A couple of ideas:
- Do something active. Take an exercise class, ride your bike, or take a walk.
- Do something soothing. Take a bubble bath. Go to the spa, or get a massage. Go to coffee with a friend.
- Do something outdoors. Go to nature. Wherever you live, God is there in His creation. The mountains, the beach, the desert. Find a quiet spot and journal, hike or paint.
- Do something quiet. Read a book alone with a candle lit and your favorite drink. Watch the sunrise.
- Do something creative. Take the hobby out of the closet. Start it up again: quilting, scrapbooking, pottery class, whatever makes you happy.
Our kids and our husbands love it when mom is happy and joyful.
How will you find time for yourself this week?