It's Friday night, you don't have big plans, in fact doing a face mask, painting your nails, and binge watching Netflix sounds like the best way to unwind after a busy, insane week. Girl, I get you sometimes it's nice to pamper yourself and just relax, but I believe that pampering and self care look a bit different.
Alright here we go let's dig in,
I am currently reading a book called "Dance, Stand, Run" by Jess Connolly, in chapter four Jess (I guess we are on a first name basis now.. lol) goes into detail about her weekly date with her husband and the glass of wine she enjoys after the week of running and doing all the things. Now before you click the exit button at the top of your screen stick with me because I plan (with God's help) to tie this all together. It is not the wine itself that is bad. No, it's our motive behind things that causes something to become unhealthy.
You see, too much of something with the wrong motive behind it causes that thing to become unhealthy whether we mentally recognize it or not. For instance, Jess begins to explain that she wasn't enjoying her wine but rather wanted to numb the busyness of life, and to relax faster. But here is the thing, God placed her right where she needed to be, and instead of running to a glass of wine for peace and relaxation she began to ask herself the "why?" behind the motive and found that ultimate peace, refreshment, and relaxation didn't come from the wine but from her time spent with the Lord.
So here is where you and I come in. For us it should not be wine, because I know majority of my readers are under 21, BUT there are things in our lives that takeaway from where we should be running to God and allowing Him to step in and be our peace, and joy. Whether we numb and drowned out the noise by binge watch Netflix, scrolling Instagram, Facebook, or Pintrest, calling a friend instead of processing life with God. And this topic of pampering and self care.
Now, please hear me out before you just think that I don't agree with pampering (face masks, painting nails, and watching Netflix etc.) No, I do these things often with my sisters, but we shouldn't ultimately find peace, and relaxation from pampering. Those things should come from one on one time spent with the Lord. Instead of our self care routine being spend doing face masks, and painting nails. Our self care routine should consist of daily spending time with the Lord and worshiping Him with the way we live our lives and seek Him.
That is true self care, 1st Peter 3:3-5 tell us this, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves."
A gentle and quiet spirit isn't found by your pampering routine, it is developed in the time spent with the Lord. Reading and speaking scripture over your life and self. I want to increase my time spent with the Lord, and I hope that after reading and digging into today's blog you do too.
True beauty if found on the inside and that is developed by time spent with the Lord. This week I challenge you this week to change your routine from pampering to self care spent in the Bible.
Thanks for being here!
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