/sol/ /ker/ (noun)
The life-giving practice of nurturing a close relationship with God.
[see MATT. 28:11-30]
There’s much talk about self-care, but even more caring of self, is soul care. Soul care draws us Godward in a deeper, more rejuvenating way, than bandaid fixes of tranquil nature walk or a relaxing bubble bath. Those temporary reliefs are helpful, but unsatisfying if not connected to the true source of life, Creator God.
When we’re feeling stressed, hopeless…more than a momentary distraction we need a permanent solution, from our Creator who knows our needs.
Relief from stress:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Peace for anxiety:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Perseverance to battle weaknesses:
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
Regardless of whether or not you take a ‘me-time’ break, do get in God’s Word and be refreshed by the energizing truth and encouragement of Scripture!
Below are some popular self care methods done with a Godward focus:
Enjoy a Sunrise – God is faithful to His promises like the sun is to rise. Lamentations 3:22-23
Take a Walk – Walk in His Word Psalm 119:105
Gardening – Blossom where planted Jeremiah 29:4-7
Enjoy food – Ecclesiastes 9:7
Clothing shopping – Present yourself well Ecclesiastes 9:8
Meditate on scripture – Psalm 119:11
Think good thoughts – Philippians 4:8
Sleep Peacefully – Proverbs 3:24
Prioritize & Not over commit – Luke 10:38-42
Exercise – 1 Timothy 4:8
Friendship & Community – Proverbs 17:17
For the best self-care, do things in a way that draw us Godward.
By Rebekah Wright