Self-care has definitely made its way to the top of the topic charts these days. I for one will rant about needing to take better care of myself, but it also got me thinking about the different facets involved in self care. I started pondering about it in terms of my spiritual self.
Yes, I read my Bible, and pray, and try to make good (and right) choices. But does that necessarily mean that my spiritual self-care is in balance? In reality, the answer is no. Perhaps you’re in this boat with me. So, let’s chat about three ways to take care of your spiritual self and make sure you’re in balance.
What (or who) is your spiritual self?
For me, it’s hard to separate or compartmentalize who I am spiritually apart from who I am naturally. I believe we are spirit beings in a human body; therefore, resulting in a natural gravitational pull toward a higher power. Now before you think I’m all “New Age-y” with that, hear me out. I believe in the Most High God, YHVH. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I believe we were created for Him and by Him to serve Him, honor Him, and represent Him in the earth realm. So in terms of answering the question who is your spiritual self? I submit to you that it is everything about you. And with this in mind, there are several important ways we can make sure we are taking care of ourselves – spiritually speaking.
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This can also be considered the mindset. It is often said that what consumes your mind controls your life. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. I’m sure you can think of a time when what you were thinking in a moment completely controlled your behavior. Just in case you need help, let me share a personal experience.
One particular day, I was upset with my husband about a matter. Instead of changing my mind and thought process about it, I let what had happened run continually through my mind like a broken record. Needless to say, it sparked more negative feelings which ended up resulting in more negative reactions, and it was like a hamster wheel.
It wasn’t until I began to shift my focus and take thoughts captive that I would see a difference in my response, and ultimately in my behavior toward my husband. Just as Scripture suggests, our focus (and mind) should be set on matters of the Spirit because the mind of the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:5-6).
I admit that my meditation is not even close to where it should be. Of course I could blame it on being “busy” with being a wife, taking care of the homefront, homeschooling, running a business, and so on – but another come-to-reality moment is those are all excuses. This is another area of spiritual self-care that often gets ignored, or even replaced.
But the truth of the matter is, the Creator places a great emphasis on it. Other religions have robbed and distorted it, making it look like some form of witchcraft, but what does Scripture say? For starters, we see Isaac in Genesis 24 going out to meditate in the field in the evening (verse 63). Then we read in Joshua about meditating on the Torah day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it (1:8).
We also read (a lot) in Psalms about meditation. Psalm 49:3 says, My mouth speaks wisdom, and the meditation of my heart brings understanding. So it’s safe to say that meditation is also a gateway to understanding!
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Not to keep sounding like I’m beating myself up, but this is another area that I want to do better in. And I’m not talking about just better overall, but better about for myself. Do you find yourself always praying for others and their circumstances? Are you taking time to seek the Father and petition for yourself? I didn’t realize how much I lacked praying for myself until I started my prayer binder.
It became second-nature to always pray for others. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with that as Scripture instructs us to pray for one another, but our spiritual self-care also involves praying for ourselves. Even the Messiah prayed for Himself.
When reading about prayer, we find words and phrases like: pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17), whatever you ask in prayer believe that you have received it (Mark 11:24), continue steadfastly in prayer (Colossians 4:2), and so on. Simply put, prayer for ourselves (and others) is important to having balanced spiritual self-care.
To help you pray for yourself, I’d like to give you a FREE 31 Days of Praying for Myself printable, and a BONUS 31 Days of Praying for Your Husband printable. Snag these below and use them in efforts to having more purposeful prayer time, and ultimately a more balanced spiritual self-care routine!
CHIME IN: What are some ways you get and stay balanced in your spiritual self-care routine? Share in the comments below!