In part 13 of this series, we look at verse 22. The verse says: She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. I like this verse because it shows that the good wife actually does stuff for herself as well. There are two different things to look at in this verse. First of all she makes coverings for her bed. She is taking care of her home and making sure her family and herself have a comfortable place to rest. It may not seem like an important task, but having a comfortable place to sleep can be crucial to your health. Sleep is so important to our overall well-being. We need a chance to rest, recharge, and recover. If you didn’t have a comfortable place to lay your head at night, then you wouldn’t be getting the sleep you need.
In the second part of this verse it says that she is clothed in fine linen and purple. So not only does this woman make sure that her home is in top shape, but she also keeps up her appearance as well. Make sure you are taking care of yourself too! You know you are on the road to burn out when you quit practicing self-care. I wrote a blog post about Self-Care for Busy Mamas a while back. Self-care is way more than just going to get your nails done. It is about taking care of ourselves mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. You can’t pour from an empty cup. It is OK to take time for yourself. You also want to take care of yourself for your husband. Don’t “let yourself go” after you get married. You still want to make yourself attractive for your husband.
I know the thought of even keeping up your home and yourself all while raising children is overwhelming. Don’t think that you have to do all this stuff right away. Remember progress over perfection. Baby steps in the right direction can add up to big change.
Right after I had Ellie, I did not feel attractive at ALL. I was sleep deprived, no-makeup, t-shirt and sweatpants everyday, and didn’t even have flattering clothes that fit. I now realize that all of that is OK. I was in a season of life when all my energy was focused on my newborn. Once I wasn’t so sleep deprived, I was able to get into a better routine and rhythm. Don’t feel like you have to look perfect all the time, but you also don’t want to get stuck in place where you quit taking care of yourself.
Strength & Dignity Part 13 action item:
Develop a self-care routine that works for your current season of life. Whether it be mentally, spiritually, physically, or emotionally. Take some time to write out what areas you need to be recharged and refreshed in.
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