The kids were sent to school, on time. Breakfast was a hit, each of us had showered, and the shoes laced to my sons' feet actually matched. After the hustle and bustle of the morning, I was thankful to have a few moments of quiet as I tidied up the kitchen.
Dishes, check. Sweep the floor, check. Stow away leftovers in the fridge, working on it. I snap the lid onto the top of a container holding bacon and eggs and place the item on a shelf.
The only problem is that I was standing in the pantry...
At the realization, I burst into laughter. All alone, there I was, gut laughing at the eggs I'd just stuck on the shelf next to the pancake mix. At least I was in the breakfast section! I realized something new that I hadn't thought of before.
I'm fun company. I actually like being around me!
That sentiment didn't always ring true for me in my younger years. It took far too long to learn to love the woman God created - to live "centered" and aware of how emotions affect my ability to love myself and others. Lisa Murray says this in her book, Peace for a Lifetime:
Living centered allows me to hold respect for myself and others in relationship. Respect means to hold esteem or regard for someone; to show consideration...I respect others, because I have respected myself first.
A moment of refection:
The "State of the Union" address is commonplace, but many of us recoil at the idea of taking time to consider the state of ourselves. There's too much to do! Work deadlines, relationships, or raising kids - there's always something more pressing to finish before getting rest.
Why should we take the time?
Consider Lisa's take:
This may sound like heresy, especially to those of us who were raised in the church, but caring for ourselves first is indeed valid. When we look at Jesus' life, there were countless times He withdrew from teaching, healing, and ministering to people in order to spend time with His Father - to refuel - so He could accomplish His Father's ultimate mission for His life here on earth. The same applies to us in our lives and missions...
Caring for ourselves first is also the only way we are going to survive. Thus, as emotionally-abundant individuals, we must learn how to embrace self-nurture as a gift to those we love and begin to incorporate nurturing ourselves into our lives.
Perhaps it's been so long since you've taken care of yourself that you're not even sure where to begin. If so, Lisa's book could be a breath of fresh air, a kick start in the right direction. I'll warn you, this read is not a simple, beach read. It's very personal, a little technical in parts, and she pushes the reader to apply biblical truths to his or her life throughout the entire book.
It's like one-one-one counseling session in written format! Are you ready to go deeper? Praying you will.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Matthew 6:31
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M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.