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Have you ever tried to cut a loaf of bread with a blunt knife? It is very difficult and makes a horrible, crumbly mess.
Cut the bread with a sharp, serrated bread knife and the job is much simpler.
Because you are using the properly prepared tool for its intended purpose.
Ladies, may I suggest that we are one of the tools God uses in shaping the hearts and minds of our children?
Are we sharp and ready for the task at hand?
I don’t have to tell you how important it is to take care of yourself, or HOW to take care of yourself, or the fact that taking care of yourself helps you to be a better mother (who is more patient and kind). I know you know.
It’s the same old story:
Get enough rest
Feed your body good food
Feed your soul God’s word
Take time to do something you love
Find a moment to be alone (Give those ears a rest from the constant chatter).
Exercise your body.
Nurture your relationship with your husband.
So often we ignore this knowledge and keep trucking along. One day our tank is going to run out of gas (or petrol for my Australian friends) and it ain't gonna be pretty! Maybe yours already feels empty. (Mine has been pretty low lately.)
It is a challenge to get enough rest and eat the right food. But a challenge worth pursuing. Don’t give up. . .
Intentionally striving to take good care of yourself will benefit the entire family. It doesn't have to be big or extravagant; 20 minutes of quiet time in the mornings can do wonders for you. Turning off the t.v or computer in order to get a full night's rest…wonders too.
A little further reading:
I also recommend this interesting article about Mother Culture and keeping your mind alive.
Let's all take a few minutes to look at our current circumstances and evaluate how we are doing. Think about what ways you can take better care of yourself. Plan at least one step you can take to make that happen.
What do you do to take care of yourself so you can better serve your family? How do you keep from burning out or becoming overwhelmed?
This is part four in the Becoming a Better Mother Series.