Thursday, May 22, 2014

Space to Breathe #spiritualwhitespace

Finding Spiritual Whitespace
As women, we tend to get overloaded with things to do.  Many of us are taking care of a family, working outside the home, shuttling kids here and there, helping with homework or doing our own, washing clothes, washing dishes, and so on.

What we forget in the midst of all that busyness and taking care of others is to take care of ourselves.  I think we need to give ourselves permission to do that.

Think of the example of putting on your own oxygen mask first.  It seems selfish, right?  But if we don't do that, how can we help anyone else?

Likewise, we need to take care of ourselves.  We need rest--not only physical rest (although that's important), but rest for our souls.  For me that's quiet time to pray and read and be alone with my Lord.  For you it might be walking in nature or sitting on a beach.  Whatever form that rest takes, we can't ignore that small voice that calls us to rest, to restore our souls.

It's been said that we are human beings, not human doings.  We aren't created to be machines.  We all need to rest, to take time to be and not just to do.

I used to work at a job where each employee was evaluated on how many samples he or she could analyze.  That pressure wasn't easy to take, and people got burned out.  Similarly, we get burned out when we try to live like that 24/7.  In life, though, our value doesn't rest on how many things we've done or whether we've completed a checklist.  We have value based on the facts that God loves us, that Jesus died to redeem us, and that we each have a new identity in Christ.

We talk about the body being a temple of God:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Cor 6:19-20)
Jesus gave up everything to redeem our souls from the punishment we deserve.  Shouldn't we take care of those souls as we take care of our bodies?

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  1. Oh you and I are very alike. I am so glad that you are taking to heart what God is asking of you. I pray you will continue to be blessed on your journey with Him.

  2. Hi Melissa! I am coming over from Lisa's blog.

    I love that term 'Spiritual Whitespace.' That is very clever, and speaks volumes about peace. We do all need to rest, and it's very hard to care for others if all we do is give and give. Pretty soon, something is going to give out! (Probably me!)

    Rest isn't being lazy, it's caring for the Body of Christ. This is an important concept...thank you for writing about it! I need the reminder too.

  3. Taking care of our important!

  4. I try to keep that in mind all the time ... and I always try and tell new moms to take care of themselves, because if they don't take care of them - how are they to take care of a new baby?/

  5. What a gorgeous reminder! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 is just the verse I am trying to actively apply to my life today!


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