One thing that seems very necessary these days is self-care. We have to take care of ourselves (and others). These times are very trying for a lot of people and we can easily get weak and weary if we don’t maintain a balance and if we don’t take care of our emotions and our health. When our emotions are flying high to altitudes where hope is non-existent, we are more susceptible to crash and burn. We need to have a strong core if we are going to be asked to do emotional planks all the time. The pandemic and its host of negative agents has pushed many of us to our limits and we find ourselves having to do an emotional plank so to speak. Holding that plan is almost impossible. No matter how strong you were before all this started, today you have to work on either staying strong or on getting stronger. What does God have to say about self-care? He says, ‘Come to me you that are heavy laden.” He tells us that He will give us rest and He will take care of us. The first step is to recognize that we need His help and that we can’t do anything without Him. I often find myself humbling myself before the Lord during prayer time especially these days. Things can seem so overwhelming and only the One who can overwhelm the world with His goodness can help me make it. I can’t see myself as number one in this process. Number One is Jesus and He is my provider. When He comes first, I can see that I am first in His eyes. It is an interesting concept. When we put God first, we realize that He sees us as the apple of His eyes. Today I want to encourage you to take care of yourself by letting the Lord take care of you. Make it a habit to rest in Him. Find the peace and the comfort you need in Him. Let His Spirit coach you and get you strong so you can hold that plank and you can face the day with no worry and with no fear. Let the Lord give you rest. He knows how to do it best!
The burden that people have been carrying lately is heavy. It is a bundle of fear, chaos, worry, lack, sickness, distress and many other parts that create this negative load. We all carry burdens and problems until we realize that we are not supposed to. When something bad happens to us, we take on that burden and we keep it in our minds. Some of us know how to release that burden right away and some of us use it as material for overthinking and over-indulging in mental confusion. Those burdens usually come from what we hear, what we see and what we feel. Our senses transmit a signal that triggers those burdens. Well-guarded senses know how to stop the burdens. When our senses are ruled by faith and surrendered to the Lord, they can stop any burden from forming. The key is to allow our faith to be bigger than our senses. We can walk by faith and not by sight. We can walk by faith and not by what we hear that is negative. We can walk by faith and not by our feelings. How can we do that? The answer is in the Word of God. Taking care of ourselves means taking the Word at face value. Taking care of ourselves means spending time in the Word until it becomes a part of us. The world takes too much space in us because we live in it and we are part of it but it is the Word of God that should be dominating our world. There is no way around it. We need to be in the Word and to be constant doers of the Word.
Taking care of ourselves is achieved when we study the Word of God and we apply it. There is some action required on our part. If we read that the Lord will be with us and never forsake us but we act like He is not around, we are not being doers of the Word. I have found that applying the truth of God’s Word has changed the way I deal with life. When I follow the Lord and I heed His advice, my spiritual core gets fed and I am able to withstand the attacks of the enemy better. God’s Word will take care of us when we let it take its course and do its work in us. Active participants in the Word of God see amazing results. They develop a spiritual and emotional plank that is solid. When life tries to push them down, the Word of God in them gives them the ability to hold that plank no matter what the weight is on their back. They take care of themselves by taking care of their spirits. As long as their spirits are fed the truth, the way and the life, life springs out of their core and they are stable and ready for anything.
Friend, take care of yourself. Get physical rest. Sleep enough. Eat well. Be active. Feed your spirit. Let your spirit develop muscles of faith so that you can stay calm and collected when life tries to remove your peace. Find rest in the Lord. Seek His face. Pray and spend time with Him away from people, away from the media, away from the negative thoughts. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you peace and to counsel you. God will take care of you better than you can take care of yourself. Things will get better when your core is stronger. Give it all to the Lord and you will see what He does with your emotions, your well-being and your attitude toward life.
Suggested reading: Matthew 11:28-30; John 7:37; Galatians 5:1