When we are weak, He is strong
Walking in the shadows of others often times has us on a track of self destruction. This isn’t ever a good place to find yourself, but without proper self care will be inevitable.
Have you walked in the shadows of someone or something? Have you walked in the shadow of your children via homeschooling, education, extracurricular activities, or their busy schedules? Are your children small and you are still feeding, diapering, napping, working and trying to hold it all together while trying to be a good mother?
Are you a Military wife or husband with a spouse who is deployed and you are trying to manage your family and household while missing your loved one? Are you worried about their safety while not letting on to your children or other family member?
Are you a spouse of a family member who suffers from Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Are you trying to manage your loved one as they struggle with a host of challenging issues including angry outbursts, withdrawal, depression, anxiety, and health induced medical issues?
It is easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of life that before we know it, morning becomes afternoon, afternoon becomes night, and night becomes bed time. Then sleep sets in and we do it all over again the very next morning. This happens day after day and before we know it, we haven’t taken any time for ourselves and we find we are weak and in desperate need of a break from the daily duties of life.
Have you lost yourself in the shadows of your life? It is never too late to stop and find yourself again. In all honesty now is the time you need to do this. You can not properly take care of someone else if you are hemorrhaging from your own exhaustion.
There is a reason why when we fly on an air plane and the flight attendant tells us in the case of an emergency to put on our own oxygen mask before assisting your loved ones or those who can not assist themselves. If we run out of oxygen ourselves we will not be able to properly assist anyone else.
This same principle exists here as well. God wants us to take care of ourselves if we are to meet the needs of those around us.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted? Are you feeling like the world is teaming up against you? Are you questioning how you can possibly do this (fill in the blank) one more day?
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord ʼs word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
2 Samuel 22:31 NIV
My friend, you are in desperate need of a break. You need to take some time for you. You are in need of some private self-care time.
Have you forgotten what you like to do because you haven’t done anything for yourself for a long time? Now is the time to start thinking about yourself. It is never to soon to change and do something new, something you have never done before. So instead of getting frustrated at how you have lost yourself and the things you use to like, take the time to find a new hobby or form of enjoyment.
Ask God to…
- Reveal to you what lessons He is trying to teach you.
- Guide you to a new and fulfilling enjoyment in life.
- Show you how to find rest in your weary state of mind and body.
It is obvious that you are unable to do this on your own terms or you would have been taking care of yourself all along, but it is never to late to seek God for a new beginning.
Love yourself sweet friend to take care of yourself now.
“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
2 Samuel 22:33 NIV