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  1. This is so something I struggle with even talking about. I know my rest is in Him, I know that “getting away” doesn’t make me less annoyed with my kids and all of those things that drain me, but I also know that I enjoy the time away whether by myself, with friends, or my husband. And I know that the time focused on my husband, my friendships, and my children (collectively and individually) are GOOD things that I feel called to.

    I struggle with what that balance should look like, as far as the general concept of “self care”; and I struggle with the guilt of knowing that I don’t seek Him nearly enough to fill my empty cup.

    1. Oh, I understand so well. Despite everything, I’m still an introvert. I still need silence for a certain amount of time a day to function well. There are, for sure, days I HAVE to function without it, but I also need to be wise to take the moments when I can. (Which includes me telling my children I JUST NEED A FEW MINUTES OF SILENCE. 😉 )

      It is SO a balance thing, just like you said. And I’m not always good at it either. I know that I tend toward demanding what I want, instead of seeking the Father. I want to learn to do both– to enjoy the breathers I can find in life, while still finding my actual sustenance from the Father.

      I can so fall under the struggle of guilt as well. I have to remind myself constantly that guilt doesn’t come from the Father. There’s no condemnation in Him. <3

  2. Thanks so much for the simple clarity of this article. I “never” post articles to fb, but did this one. It’s a truth desperately needing to be spoken. I’m a recent discoverer of your site, and just deeply appreciating it for many reasons. Finally I’ve found a blog relating to a Christian perspective on older child adoption… and have gone back thru the archives and read each article relating to that topic. Only have bio children in my home for now, but perhaps someday… in His will and time, children that as of now are only whispers of prayers in my heart, wondering who they are, what they look like, where they are…

  3. Joanie Ellis says:

    Hi Natasha,
    Thank you for the important distinction you have made about self care. I’ve grappled with this for some time and I needed this reminder, stated so clearly!
    I always enjoy your posts.
    Blessings, and love in Christ,

    1. It’s been an on-going thing for me as well. Am thankful I have the privilege of sharing what God has revealed to me. ♥

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