Beginning a new year can spark analysis and anticipation. Self-care takes courage and I have a plan to make it a priority by taking practical steps, accepting the love and grace of God with faith, and persevering with progress, not perfection. Will you join me?
Life is complex. How we understand our world and other people transforms over time through personal experiences. When things go wrong and our coping skills stop working, we get worn out trying to survive emotionally.
Admitting we are having trouble is brave. Change is hard, but life without change is harder. Making ourselves, our emotions, and our healing a priority takes courage. Recognizing and fighting distorted thinking by learning new skills is challenging work!
The mark of the godly man is he likes to change. The mark of the godly man is he says, ‘Lord, show me where I should change, and I’ll do it. Show me where I should obey, even where it’s hard, and I’ll do it.’Timothy Keller
Practical steps and faith are not mutually exclusive. We can use them together to rediscover our true God-given self, to heal our wounded parts, and to become peace-filled, grateful, and confidently loving people.
When we struggle, we can feel alone, crazy, or both! But everyone has stuff to work through and we can learn by sharing. Every weekly post will offer practical self-care insights and reference material. Think about starting a journal of your journey. It won’t be easy, but sometimes the bumpiest rides lead to the most beautiful destinations!
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heartPsalms 19:14
be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.