Why Self Care is for Everyone (Even Jesus!)

Self care doesn’t mean self-obsession or self-deprecation but simply taking care of yourself. See how Jesus models this and find out what Bible verses say about self care.

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IS SELF-CARE SPIRITUAL?

I recently came across the idea that as Christians we should be wary about the terminology self-care in the essence that this new “trend” is promoting self instead of God.

Anything in it’s extreme is dangerous. Self-care could be misinterpreted as self-indulgence. It seems that every product tagline these days ends with, “You deserve it!”. While caving into your every hearts’ desire is cautioned against, so is the opposite extreme.

I challenge you to look into how Jesus not only cared for others, but took care of himself, both physically, mentally and spiritually as he poured hope into others.

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5 WAYS JESUS MODELED SELF-CARE IN THESE BIBLE VERSES

1. BUILDING COMMUNITY

Life is not meant to be lived on our own, but to be daily encouraged by one another. Jesus learned at a young age to find community–people who could help guide and encourage him in his life.

When he was a boy, his parents left him behind when they traveled back to their hometown from Jerusalem. Upon returning, “they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” (Luke 2:46) He sought out the wisdom of others.

He also cultivated friendships (remember the 12 Apostles?) and didn’t tackle his ministry on his own. They looked out for each other, encouraged and provided for one another.

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2. PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Gratitude is a practice, not a character trait. Jesus made a practice of being thankful. It was part of his everyday behavior.

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” – John 6:11

He often spoke on gratitude as a remedy to worry in addition to being a source of encouragement for many.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” – Matthew 6:25-27

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3. TAKING TIME TO EAT AND REST

The glorification of busy is leading to burn out, mental illness and more divorces. Even Jesus rested and advised others to rest after big events and in preparation for them. Are you resting?

“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” – Mark 6:30-32

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4. DAILY PRAYER

Most importantly, prayer was a staple of Jesus’ self-care practice. If Jesus prayed, how much more do we need to? Look at these Bible verses on self care through prayer:

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” – Luke 5:16

“Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.” – Mark 6:45-47

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5. MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE

To know God better, you need to learn his character. Prayer is our chance to talk to Him, but how do we know what He’s saying back to us? When we meditate on scripture, break it down, study it, apply it, we can hear more clearly what God’s calling us to do.

Scripture can be an encourager, a motivator, a guide, a counselor, and a tool. Jesus quoted the Old Testament wherever he went. Obviously, he had done some studying. Jesus based his replies on scripture every time Satan challenged him!

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:1-4

TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

Still feeling selfish trying to make time for yourself?

Don’t misunderstand: Self-care isn’t an excuse to be selfish, it is a tool for self-reflection.

Integrate self-care into your life naturally! Did Jesus have Meditation Monday and Solitude Sunday? Of course not, he wove all of these aspects of his life together. When he finished preaching, he would rest and eat a big meal. When he was overwhelmed, he retreated to pray alone.

In short, start small–just check in with yourself daily. Sit and eat, don’t multitask! Set a regular bedtime for yourself and wake up early to have a moment for yourself. Start a prayer journal, or choose a Bible that you’ll actually use.

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“Healthy in the Hustle”: A Bible-Based Self Care and Wellness Journal

Address your own health in Biblical ways in Candace Cameron Bure’s new inspirational wellness and self care journal, Healthy in the Hustle.

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THE BIBLICAL IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

For many of us, we have no self-care routine. It’s been proven that multi-tasking is not how our brain works best, yet we can’t seem to slow down. We claim to have no time, but spend too much of it scrolling social media or trying to decide what to watch next on Netflix.

If we can hardly take the time to slow down one day a week, how can we expect to grow and mature?

If you’re like me, you don’t want to start and end your spiritual life at the same point—you want to improve and learn as time goes on. Do you feel like you’re cultivating better or worse habits each year?

The Bible is filled with times where God told people to rest or be still. Even Jesus took time to get away by himself and pray or fast.

So how are you taking care of yourself?

FINDING YOUR OWN “HEALTHY HUSTLE”

At the start of every new year, I mean well…but if I don’t have some kind of system in place, I won’t follow through on my new habits.

If you find yourself falling in the same trap (or not even knowing where to start on spiritual growth), I’ve discovered the book we’ve all been looking for!

Written by Candace Cameron Bure (the Deej!), this 10 week journal called “Healthy in the Hustle” addresses 10 areas for spiritual growth. They are based on Biblical principles of how we can best take care of our body, mind and spirit.

It was so refreshing to find a Christian self-care and wellness journal that was actually applicable!

Each week, Candace introduces 1 habit for you to implement for 7 days based on several Bible verses. Because you reflect on your progress when you wake and before you sleep, it creates a form of accountability that is sustainable.

Here are her 10 weeks of spiritual growth centered on self-care and wellness:

  1. Walking
  2. Prayer
  3. Reading the Bible
  4. Healthy Food
  5. Drinking Water
  6. Exercise
  7. Gratitude
  8. Priorities
  9. Friendship
  10. Rest

My favorite part is the weekly check-in where you can reflect on everything you’ve written and make connections and practical applications for continuing the habit:

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This book/journal has been such a blessing for the new year. It’s a daily check-in for the morning and evening challenging me to grow in my spiritual life.

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My Favorite Books (and a Few for Your Book Club!) I Read in 2021

Out of the books I read in 2021, here are 15 of my favorite books I recommend for women (and book clubs!) who want to grow in their personal and spiritual lives.

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MY FAVORITE BOOKS FOR WOMEN (AND BOOK CLUBS!)

Each year I set a goal to read a certain amount of books. Last year I read 31, but my record is 45! If you love to read, make sure to check out Goodreads.com.

I read a few guilty pleasures like Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel and Will Smith’s autobiography, but here I want to highlight the books that inspired me to grow in 2021. I love hearing other books that women are reading or the best books in your women’s book club, so make sure to comment what you loved last year!

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1. Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West

This was my very first book of the year and one of my favorites! Written by the Chief Usher who served 6 First Ladies, I learned so much about the intricacies of the housekeeping side of running the White House. He tells stories of serving the wives of Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. I loved hearing about what each woman valued, and how they used their leadership position. Highly recommend!

2. Didn’t See that Coming: Putting Your Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart by Rachel Hollis

Unfortunately, I kinda saw her divorce coming…If you read the last two books by Rachel, you know that her past is messy and her marriage wasn’t perfect. But if you want true, honest writing, this is the girl for you. She walks you through her own personal growth, and while I may disagree on some of her philosophies, I can appreciate the model of vulnerability she shows in her writing as she makes her best impact on the world.

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3. My Life So Far by Jane Fonda

I’ve been fascinated by Jane Fonda since I watched 9 to 5 as a girl. I’ve heard about her ties to communism and her activism during Vietnam, so I was curious to find out what her life was like. Born the daughter of Henry Fonda (from the Grapes of Wrath), Jane is a woman who stands firm in her beliefs and fights hard for those without a voice. I also disagree with her on many things, but I admire the passion and action she takes visiting, serving and helping those in poverty.

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4. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron

This past year I decided to finally take the Enneagram test that everyone was taking about a few years ago. I wasn’t sure about my results so I found this book to dig in deeper, which explained and confirmed that I am a 9. Have no idea what I’m talking about? The Enneagram is simply a personality test and this book approaches it from a Christian perspective in how you can use the information you learn about yourself in your spiritual journey.

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5. The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I started this book as a little girl, but when I homeschooled my kids for 7 months last year during the pandemic, I pulled these out and we read a few of them together. Such a great series to teach children about what life was like in the 1800s and encouraging to see this family’s faith in hard times. Great teachable moments for kids!

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6. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This book was a top winner on Goodreads so of course I had to grab it! The main character dies at the beginning (reminded me of Soul on Disney+) and is taken to a giant library filled with alternative versions of their life. They get to play out any that they would like. Very insightful and reflective on our own life choices.

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7. Navigating Motherhood by Becky Brooks

This book is one I recommend to Christian mothers all the time. Written as a daily devotional, the author shares stories of her parenting successes and failures, pointing you back to God’s truth about the role of mothers. Especially encouraging for struggling mom and the best for women’s book clubs or Bible study!

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8. No Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn’t Come Easy by Chip Gaines

I’ve read all three of the Magnolia books and this one was about networking–partly for business, but mostly for life relationships. Chip explains how he approaches people and jumps in, fears aside to truly listen and serve others. I could see the gospel all over this one.

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9. Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey

I read this on my beach vacation last year and it takes you on one woman’s journey through a struggling marriage and infertility issues. Running a thriving business, she realizes the purpose of slowing down and being intentional with each moment you are given. She finds her therapy in the garden, that she once killed and is now learning to bring back to life. Inspired me to become a better gardener as well as reflecting on my own spiritual growth while doing so. Another of my favorite books for women!

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10. She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World that’s Passing Away by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams

Written by the two creators of the mega-successful She Reads Truth company, they share their own struggles and testimonies in growing as women in the Word.

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11. Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie

I love TOMS shoes. So when I found out a motivational book was written by the founder, I had to check it out. Blake jumped from one entrepreneurial idea to the next, but they didn’t quite take off until he visited Argentina and realized the immense need for kids’ shoes. He loved the South America design of the alpargata shoe and so he created a similar idea that he could market to Americans. His mission was simple: ONE FOR ONE. One pairs of shoes bought, means one pair given to someone in need. And with that, TOMS was born.

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12. Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison

LaTasha spoke at the women’s conference at our church this past fall and I was fortunate to have read her book prior to, so her speaking was even more powerful. She is a leader in the racial reconciliation movement from a Christian perspective and while her ideas can be divisive, I was inspired by her courage and strength.

Growing up, I went to school with many different ethnicities. Ironically, it was when I moved to a Christian college in Texas, that I experienced racism for the first time. We still have a long way to go before people are treated equally, so this book inspired me to acknowledge my part in my own circle of influence. One of the best books for your women’s book club!

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13. Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step Into Your Influence by Jo Saxton

Another of my favorite books for women, Jo is a speaker and author of Ready to Rise, a book about women in Christian leadership. She guides us on and how to find our own talents and use them in a way that honors and glorifies the Lord according to his Word instead of what the world says we’re allowed to do.

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14. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

I loved the simplicity of this book, the idea that we need to get super-focused on the next thing we need to do in order to move forward in our goals. Great for helping you map out your personal, business, financial and spiritual goals.

15. Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

This biography of the wife of C.S. Lewis is written as a novel from her perspective. A woman married to another atheist, begins to write to a professor at Oxford about his conversion to Christianity. An innocent friendship is born, but her abusive husband makes it harder to stay. I was completely unaware of this history and loved every minute of this beautiful novel!

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I hope you found something to read in this list of book club books! Please share any in the comments that you recommend and I’ll look into those too!

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