Faith

The ULTIMATE Self Care

Self care seems to be a pretty popular topic recently. We live in a world full of stress and pressure coming from all angles and we, for sure, need something to help us through the struggles of life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty big on skincare, massages and pampering of all kinds to de-stress and take care of myself. But, what happens when there’s a real storm of a struggle? No amount of matcha lattes or yoga is going to get you through it and it is not going to fill the void that you have.

I just listened to the podcast, “The Porch,” and I highly recommend you listen to it. It really inspired me to write this post. It talks about the self care trend and how many people try to fill voids with self care when they are really thirsty for Jesus. I was really able to relate to the podcast and it certainly hit home for me.

I was brought up knowing God and Jesus. As a child, I had an enormous amount of faith and literally prayed about everything. As I grew up, that faith started to fade as I started to get sucked into worldly things and pulled farther and farther away from the way I was raised.

My life got pretty out of control. Things just got darker and darker and pretty down right depressing. But somewhere deep inside me, the morals that I was taught as a child were still in there. I knew what I was doing was wrong and I did feel guilt about it. I was just so far in that it took a lot of work to change. However, hat’s a long depressing story for another time. Most importantly, there’s a happy ending… God IS GOOD!

God worked in my life in so many ways (probably millions of ways I don’t even know about). It wasn’t always pretty and there were STRUGGLES! So many times I thought I knew what was best for me, however God had a much better plan. It reminds me of what Chip Gaines’ said in his book ‘Capital Gaines‘, “God’s plan B is always better than my plan A.”

It wasn’t until recently that, my husband, David, and I really made a commitment to make our faith the center of everything that we do (we are a work in progress and have a long way to go). We want our children to grow up knowing the love of Jesus and also have that foundation so that they are able to lean on Him when they face trials in life. Even our 2 year old says his own prayers every day and it just melts my heart. We read the Natalie Grant devotional to our daughter which I highly recommend!

Another one I highly recommend is Megan Hannigan’s “Invaluable Series.” She is so real and insightful and super fun and entertaining. Her transparency has been so inspiring for me to share MY faith with you. 

I know on social media, everyone’s lives look so perfect and stress free. But, I face struggles everyday… big and small. However, I’m able to face them so much more differently that I did in the past because of my faith. Even other people have noticed and commented on how calm I am, which is HUGE. With everything that I have been through coupled with my extreme anxiety and bouts of depression, I can be ” not so pleasant” to be around when I start getting anxious about things. But being able to release it all to Jesus has been the ULTIMATE SELF CARE!

One of my favorite verses that really brings me peace is, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11. It helps me so much to know that even when I’m going through the roughest of times, the Master of the universe has a plan.

My whole point in telling you all of this is to let you know that there is nothing wrong with “Self Care Sunday”. But with Jesus in your life, you will have more than a relaxing facial to lean on when you’re at your lowest.

Your problems won’t magically go away. But you will be able to handle them much better and know that you have God on your side and that He has a plan for you and can help guide you to make the right decision. I want everyone to experience the peace that I have experienced from having Jesus as the center of my life.