I don’t know about you, but I can get so caught up in the busyness of taking care of others, I forget to take care of myself. And the funny thing is, self-care doesn’t have to come with huge changes that take a lot of time.
From the moment my friend, Dawn, first told me about her online retreat – Renew . . . I’ve been excited. It’s beautiful and full of Biblical counsel, beautiful graphics, and helpful tips. AND it’s fun, too!
So, I’m so blessed to have Dawn here today to tell you all about her project and how you can participate. Yay!!!!
As Christian women, we’re often well acquainted with the idea of self-sacrifice. Our calling is to be like Jesus. He literally laid his life down for his friends. We want to serve God by serving others. This is good- and it’s as it should be. Love God and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31)
So is it wrong to focus on self-care? Is it biblical?
Taking time to retreat and focus on your own body, mind, and spirit is a practice that is modeled by Jesus and demonstrated throughout the Bible.
Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:26-30 MSG
Examples of times when Jesus showed the importance of self-care, through his own life, or through his instructions to others, are found throughout the gospels.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Starting at Luke 10:38, we get the story of Mary and Martha, where Jesus encourages Mary to rest and spend time with him.
Why is self-care practical?
We cannot give what we don’t have. We need to be continually renewed in order to be able to give our best to the people around us.
God is where we need to go first for renewal. This means regular prayer, meditation, and time in the Word.
We are also called to be good stewards of creation (Gen 1:28). This includes our own bodies, our minds, and our spirits.
Self-care and renewal always starts with God but it continues with practical matters such as proper rest, healthy eating, nurturing relationships, and exercising the mind through creativity and study.
I’ve designed a four-week online retreat called, Renew. It’s an encouraging and balanced approach to self-care for busy Christian women. If you are looking for some extra accountability, some ideas to spark your imagination and get you started on a routine of regular mini-retreats for self-care, with some camaraderie along the way, then I’ll encourage you to check out THIS LINK and find out more.
The retreat is a self-paced series of modules hosted on a private blog, with downloadable files of each day’s content. It uses a holistic, lifestyle-based approach to renewing body, spirit, and mind using a four-week repeating framework that addresses five main ideas: inspire (mind), rejuvenate (body), create, connect, and Sabbath (rest). All of this is built upon a foundation of faith in Christ.
Renew is also going to be a lot of fun! Recipes, tutorials, videos, playlists, and essays, are sprinkled throughout.
I have a recipe I want to share with your today, a lavender linen spray. This is an example of the type of recipe you might find on Tuesday’s during the retreat, when the theme is: rejuvenate. Enjoy!
Renew: online retreat officially begins on Monday, September 11, 2017. The registration period is open from Monday, August 28th– Monday, September 18th. For this inaugural course, the fee is only $19.99. To find out more or register, click HERE.
Dawn is a writer and Christian blogger who loves encouraging people to keep their focus on Jesus. She’s the author of Look to Jesus: How to Let Go of Worry and Trust God. She’s a wife and mom to two teens. A Seattle girl, she loves books, coffee, and spinning classes. You can find her at Above the Waves. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter.
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