I often have to tell moms that they need to remember to take care of themselves. It’s important to get enough rest, to eat healthy food, to get some exercise, and to find ways to do things that are fun. One thing that’s often overlooked is the importance of spiritual self-care. As a Christian woman I have learned that it is just as important for me to take care of my spiritual needs as it is for me to take care of my physical needs. When I don’t it affects every aspect of my life.
Prayer as Spiritual Self-Care
If we are going to grow spiritually we must learn to spend time in prayer. I used to think that prayer was difficult and complicated when in truth it’s simply a conversation with God. Learning to spend time casting my cares before the throne has been key to managing stress and those big emotions and overwhelming circumstances. Learning to listen for that still small voice has brought me much comfort and peace during some really hard times.
God wants to hear from us. He wants to talk to us and He wants to speak to us. We have to learn to make the time to listen.
Bible Study as Spiritual Self-Care
Studying scripture is also very important. This is something that I struggled with for a long time. I always knew that studying God’s word was important but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. Recently I took some time to learn about the inductive study method and it has really changed how I study the Word. I’m able to dig deep into different word studies or the lives of different people in the Bible and it is teaching me so many lessons. Studying is really helping me grow in my faith.
Praise as Spiritual Self-Care
Praise is something that I am growing into this year. I tend to be kind of quiet and timid when it comes to worshipping. I grew up with a Pentecostal background but I was not one to dance and shout and be very vocal with my praise. I still am mostly quiet during worship but I have come to understand the importance of praise as a spiritual discipline.
Singing worship songs and raising my hands in surrender has become one of my favorite things. I look forward to worshipping with my fellow Christians each Sunday morning and I even look forward to worshipping in my home with my children.
When God answers our prayers you will often find me singing and dancing in my kitchen and throughout my house because praise has just become a part of living and loving God. When I take the time to praise God for all the things He has done, that is less time spent worrying and focusing on my circumstances.
Journaling as Spiritual Self-Care
I’m a writer and I like to process my thoughts and emotions through written words. I’ve also learned that journaling is very important for my spiritual growth. Writing down my prayers, and writing down how God answers those prayers, is a really great way to remember all the good things that God has done. Having that record to reflect on has really helped me to see how my faith is growing.
I also take the time to journal when I’m reading a scripture. I journal my questions and thoughts and how I’m feeling. It is a great stress relief but it also provides a record of all the things I have struggled with, all the things I have learned about God, and all the ways He has seen me through hard times.
In the Old Testament they would set up stones as a way to remember the blessings of God and I use my journals as remembrance stones. One day my children can look back and see my faith journey. I can look back and see my faith journey and I can share from those hard times with other people as well.