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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A Weekly Gift for You


I often forget to take care of myself as I care for my autistic son, Jonathan. My family often reminds me to tend to my own needs as well. Finding time for yourself seems selfish, but it really isn’t. Caring for my needs is the best care for Jon. Jesus encouraged His disciples, after a busy time of ministering to others, to take time for themselves. His words for them are for us too: “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). Time for you may seem impossible, but I encourage you to try—we’re in this together. Give two or three of these ideas a try.

  • Find short escapes. Take a long bath, get a pedicure, have your car washed, browse through a bookstore, or spend a night or two away.
  • Rent a movie.
  • Ask for help. Let friends or family know when life is getting too complicated. Find another parent whom you can contact when you are worried or need encouragement.
  • Journal.
  • Simplify. Get rid of unnecessary clutter.
  • Enjoy silence. Unplug the phone and turn off the computer.
  • Take time for your own personal health and wellness.
  • Sit outside or take a quiet walk.

These are just a few of the things I’m trying to implement into my life. No doubt you can think of many other ideas. The trick, however, is not simply to create a list but to put it into practice!

Won’t you begin today? You’ll be glad that you did . . . and so will your family.


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More ideas: I have scripture taped to the wall in my shower--above where the spray hits, so that as I wash my hair, I can be reading and meditating--many days that's all I can manage. Also, I've been going out early in the morning for prayer walks. I literally do laps in my yard--maybe 75 years around. But there is no distraction, so I can pray easily. I don't have to take time to go anywhere special--just throw a jacket over the sweats I wear to bed. And I can easily see in the windows/the kids can find me when they wake up. Sometimes they trot along in the path behind me.

I guess I probably look a little nuts walking in circles in my pjs clutching my prayer list, talking away, but I get so filled up for my day I really don't care. God meets me there, and I can't wait to get up in the mornings! Trust me--that's a first!

Blessings to you all! I'd love to hear all of your creative ideas for meeting with the Lord.

Deanna, you are so great! Who gives a rip what anyone fact, have you considered those who observe you may be impacted positively? After all, you may be the only neighbor empowered in ways they are longing for? One of my short escapes is pulling weeds in my lawn. As I pull out what damages my yard, I'm able to thank my Lord for the things He's yanked out of my life; knowing it would lead to such damage, it had to be pulled out. When I cannot see the big picture, I'm able to trust God's ways, despite what I can see or not see. Thanks so much for your words Deanna. Keep up the walking and praying!!!

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