I have been so incredibly blessed by the “Living the Surrendered Life” devotional as a part of #SheReadsTruth. Every single day, this devotional speaks to me and challenges me. Yesterday’s devotion about mercy about knocked me over. I haven’t ever been much of a grudge holder, but I do struggle in some areas with showing mercy and grace to people that hurt me. But if I stop and think about someone’s intentions, my feelings change. Because I truly don’t think that people set out to hurt or disappoint others. If you haven’t read yesterday’s entry yet, I encourage you to get on that! If God can show me mercy every single day, can’t I show it to the people in my life?
Moving right along…
This morning, the devotion is about taking care of ourselves. The fuel that we need for our bodies, our minds, our hearts, our spirituality, our mental well-being. It’s the brain fuel and the physical fuel. The emotional and spiritual fuel.
It’s so hard to always be putting so many people and responsibilities ahead of our simplest needs. Because our needs are pretty simple, right? It may just be the need to get a shower and put on makeup every day.
And if those needs aren’t met, I know that after a few days I start to shut down. Things don’t get done. I want to go to bed as soon as the kids go to bed because I’m just wiped out. I become overwhelmed. When I don’t take the time (or make the time) to take care of myself in the ways that I need it, it gets harder and harder for me to take care of my people. And all I really ever want is to take care of my people and give them the very best of me.
So, in today’s #SheReadsTruth, we’re asked to spend some time making a plan of how we’ll take care of our needs so we can better take care of the needs of our people.
So what are my needs? What fuel do I need? Besides coffee, of course.
- Exercise. I feel better when I exercise. I don’t love doing it, but I go to bed feeling better physically and feeling better about myself.
- Quiet time with the Lord. I really just need fifteen quiet minutes alone.
- A good meal with my family every night. And this requires me building in the time to get that done for me and for them.
- Outside time with my family. Even if we just go on a walk.
- An opportunity to write every day.
I always feel better when my whole to-do list gets done, but I know that’s not always possible. But my fuel is so important to my daily mental and physical health. I need time with the Lord. I need exercise. I feel better when I know I’ve fed my family well. We all feel better when we’ve been outside and I prefer if we all do it together before my kids are old enough not to want to spend time with me.
And I need to write. I feel better when I write and I feel like my day was incomplete if I go to bed without writing.
It’s not always possible to take care of all of my “fuel” before I take care of my people. But I try to do some of it. Because if the whole day goes by and I haven’t taken any time to take care of myself, I just feel completely wiped out and lost.
What fuels you every day?