Moms are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves. I am not advocating the “I deserve special treatment” or “it’s okay to go to the spa even if I don’t have the money for this pampering.” I just know that most moms put their needs behind the needs of all of their family member’s needs — and sometimes that is not a good thing.
I was reminded of the importance of taking care of my own needs today — by my physical therapist.
Many of you have heard my story of how I was rear-ended in January, had a tendon tear as result, and needed shoulder surgery. I had four and a half weeks of therapy, and then went on vacation for 2 weeks. Now I am back in therapy. When I went to my session today, I got three sheets of exercises I have to do at home every day, twice a day.
I have five kids plus two cousins that came to visit for a couple of weeks, and I am in charge of VBS — which is next week. Plus I have to do therapy twice a week, two doctor’s appointments next week, driving my daughter to work and volunteering, my husband is going out of town for 3 days, I head up two adult ladies Bible/book studies, and I am trying to get ready for school as I am the only teacher in a little school that has 7 grade levels next year — how am I going to do about 1 hour of therapy a day!!
But the therapist said to me, “You need to take care of yourself too.”
And I thought, “Yep, she’s right. I do.” I took my kids to doctor’s appointments yearly, but I skipped 3 years before I went. I need to do this therapy to get my mobility back — so it must be a priority, no matter how busy I am.
That made me think about my spiritual health as well. How often do we get so busy that we neglect our time with the Lord? Yet that is what we need to have true spiritual mobility in our spiritual walk!
It is something I know. I have been taught about the importance of reading my Bible and getting alone with the Lord daily ever since I was little. It was been a major theme in last year’s ladies book study, Becoming MomStrong. Our current ladies book study on the book Lies Women Believe also discussed this truth.
As I contemplated how I was going to get this therapy in twice a day — especially during VBS week, I quickly came to the conclusion that I would have to just get up earlier in the morning. I need to do it for my physical health. So why do I not do that for my spiritual health too? It is a spiritual battle daily against the flesh!
We know the example of Jesus:
He needed to meet with God to fulfill His task. How much more do we also need God’s help and enablement?
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35
There are several verses that encourage us to meet with God every morning:
- Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalm 143:8
- I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. Psalm 119:147 (ESV)
- My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3
- Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 (ESV)
- O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalm 63:1
- But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Psalm 59:16
- The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. Isaiah 50:4
- O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. Isaiah 33:2
So pray for me that I will get to bed early enough to wake up early — for my spiritual and physical exercise!
Do you wake up early to get in God’s Word? What do you do to help you to keep God’s Word a priority in your life.
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