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Self Care for the Holidays

In a blink of an eye, 2022 will be knocking on our doorstep. What a year it has been. Life as we know it has been turned upside down for almost two years in multiple different ways. The year end also brings us into a state of reflection, gives us encouragement to make resolutions, or, sometimes, makes us wonder if we should throw in the towel all together. When we sit down and think in these moments ourselves, we may tend to become overwhelmed and not see much of a way out. Thank the Lord we are not alone but that he walks with us. We do not have to process any feelings on our own. We have God’s wise counsel that he is eager to freely give to us if we simply come to him.

Lets chat quickly about our wisdom versus God’s. Sitting quietly on our own brewing up different ideas and theories about things, even coming up with our own goals and what we feel like we should be doing, can be a tricky thing to do at times. As humans (especially as hurting humans), we usually operate on how we feel and what our emotions are telling us. Our view on what has been going on in our lives the past year easily can be skewed by how we felt in that moment and how we feel about it now. We know that feelings and e

motions are fleeting and there are some times where our feelings or emotions may not be fully relied on. That’s where we bring God into the equation.

James 3:17 (NIV)-But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Numbers 23:19 (NIV)-God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

According to the two scriptures above, we can take away a few things about the God that we serve:

  1. God is stable: His word and his will is solid and is unchanging. We can rely on God being constant in his communication with us.

  2. Good things come from Him: God speaks only in truth, in love, with mercy, and brings peace. Our own minds can be cruel to us and critical towards ourselves and others. God comes without judgment and fairness.

With those points being made, God has made it very clear to us that on our own, we may be able to come up with an answer. We may think of a solution or resolution. We may even come up with some ideas on what went wrong or what went right throughout 2021. However, God has spoken in his word that his way is not only better, but without fault. He’s taking his logic and is considerate of our feelings all at the same time. He brings a fresh and just perspective and will give you insight you would never be able to come up with on your own. With all of this being said, today’s self care tip is to remember to include God in your thoughts and reflections. He is here and more than happy to make what is unclear clear as crystal. I think this verse in Proverbs says it all:

Proverbs 28:26 (NIV)-Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

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