Do you want to develop a self-care routine but struggle because you think it may be less than God's best for you? After all, aren't Christians supposed to die to themselves? In this post, we'll examine God's Word to discover whether or not self-care should be on a Christian women's agenda.
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
- Colossians 3:10 NLT
To begin, let's define self-care. Self-care is an action taken to maintain or improve your health or well-being. With that established, let's talk about spiritual self-care. What does it mean to die to self? God renewed your spirit when you were born again. Now you have the daily choice to live according to your born-again nature or your corrupted flesh. The fascinating thing is that the scripture tells us in Colossians 3:10 to put on the new nature. There's an action that we have to take to put on our pristine spiritual nature. That action is self-care. You can put on your born-again nature by using spiritual self-care or time with the Lord in prayer and studying His Word.
Mental and Emotional Self-care
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
- Ephesians 4:23 NLT
Now let's explore mental and emotional self-care. The Psalms provide tools to express and reflect on every human emotion. If God's Word has guidance for mental and emotional self-care, it must be important to Him. It's a tremendous gift to have the Word of God to shape your thoughts and maintain your emotional well-being.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
Let's consider physical self-care. The scripture above is a reminder to honor God with your body, and an out-of-shape, poorly maintained body is not glorifying to God. It is essential to rest, exercise, and fuel your body well. In this way, God directs physical self-care.
Another type of self-care is social self-care. The scripture repeatedly says to love your neighbor. God created you to be social and to fellowship with others. You can conduct your social life in a way that honors your time and sets healthy boundaries through social self-care.
Personal Development Self-care
God has given you a unique gift, and it's your responsibility to cultivate, develop, and share the blessing. As you go through the steps of discovering your gifts and trying new things, it's a practice of personal development self-care.
Home Environment Self-care
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.
- Genesis 2:15
Let's consider your home environment concerning self-care. God put Adam in the garden to tend and keep it. God expects you to care for your environment. You practice home environment self-care when you maintain your home and create a secure, organized, and comfortable living space.
According to some sources, there are over 2,000 Bible verses on money. Father God wants you to have a healthy relationship with money and be a good steward of your finances. Financial self-care is actively working to manage your financial resources well.
God’s Word instructs on managing and maintaining your body, mind, spirit, time, talents, and finances. When you intentionally follow these instructions, you are practicing self-care. You're also being obedient to Father God. I hope this post has given you peace in pursuing self-care.