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Take Time For Yourself Part 2
June 19, 2019

What have you done for yourself this week?

If the answer is ‘nothing’, you need to change that.
I also hope you’ve had time to watch the video for this lesson—the video that reminds you that it is okay…even necessary for you to take care of yourself.

The Bible contains numerous verses pointing to the wisdom of taking care of yourself and giving yourself some much-deserved ‘me time’ on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at a few of these verses now. I also want to encourage you to adopt some of the suggestions you’ll find at the end of this email that will make you feel better about yourself as a person and as a parent.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 
3 John 1:2
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Now for those tips I promised…
#1: Hire a sitter or trade childcare services with friends once or twice a month and spend the day doing whatever YOU want to do without interruptions.

#2: Put a lock on the bathroom door (high enough to be out of reach of little hands). Use it when you are taking your shower/bath.

#3: Don’t forget to spend time with God each day. Even just 5 or 10  minutes at the start of each day in Bible reading and prayer are just what you need to keep you feeling complete and sane.

#4: Take turns with your spouse when it comes to bath time and bedtime with your preschooler. When it’s not your turn, take advantage of the time to read, do your nails, return phone calls or emails, enjoy a cup of tea and dessert, exercise, or whatever else makes you feel special.

#5: Spend some time each week enjoying a hobby or being involved in a ministry project or Bible study. While you might not be kid-free for everything, you’ll still be taking care of yourself and that’s what matters.

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