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Gloryanna is learning to look to Jesus for growth instead of Google for fixes. She encourages women to reclaim their faith from the noise of this world so they can focus more on Christ. Read more from her at gloryannaboge.com.

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  1. I’m really bad at self-care, and I know that about myself, so I’m working on building more margin into my life. It’s true, we need to breathe, but if Jesus is not there with me in that margin, it’s still all a self-salvation strategy that will leave me feeling empty. Thank you, Gloryanna, for this gospel-oriented realignment of our understanding of what it really means to know the light burden and the easy yoke.

  2. I have found the truth in this for awhile now. I will schedule a coffee date, not for a chance to get away, but for a chance to have conversation with someone other than my daughter. My recharge moments come in when she is down for a nap and I grab my bible, that’s the peace i strive for on a daily basis now.

  3. I think that is a perfect perspective on this issue of self-care when we think of – what is it we need to have stored up inside of us when the kids make a crazy mess? You are so right that self care needs to come back to what our heart really needs, not our hair!

  4. I love this perspective. So true things are just temporary but Gods word is forever in our hearts to help us continue to be filled up during the trials we go through.

  5. Thank You Gloryiana, you have made a long overdue realization that many of us overlook! My kids are grown, and I care for my Mother who has dementia and mild Alzheimers–and even though us older gals aren’t always represented exactly…I know I can apply what you have offered to my own situation(and I hope other caretakers will too). We need a break, yes–and a movie night out with the girlz is a great way to mix some much needed FUN into the balance–but It’s when I escape to the beach(or park, or redwoods) and walk alone talking, praying, and listening to my Lord that I receive the much-needed refill of His Love and strength! Bless you for sharing your story today!

  6. Gloryanna,

    Bonnie Gray said it best with her book “Spiritual Whitespace.” She talks about needing margin in our schedules. That may not always be easy with young children. Try your best to make time for yourself. Perhaps when the kids nap you can take time & read God’s word or listen to a devotional. Something calming & quiet. Everyone at each stage in life needs a little alone time. Take walks, listen to Christian music, pray or just simply meditate in quiet. We must care for ourselves & get our souls refilled or we won’t have anything to pour into others God has entrusted us with. I highly recommend Bonnie’s books Spiritual Whitespace & Whispers of Rest 40 days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul.” Whispers of Rest gives ideas on how to do soul care for yourself & refresh your soul.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Gloryanna, I’ll raise my teacup to that! I love that you recognize the need to take breaks but acknowledge that Christ is our re-energizing source. “Being in the trenches is an exhausting yet beautiful opportunity to draw closer to Christ.” This beautifully written truth applies across the board when we’re in the trenches of anything! Thank you so much for this.

  8. Yes!!!! So grateful for this reminder today! I can’t tell you how often I’ve thought that the pedicure or the time away from the kids was what I needed, and then found myself going back with the same perspective and no relief from the fog. I need time with Jesus! Thank you!

  9. I’m so glad you share this. Self-care is an overplayed tune. It’s good, but in the end it doesn’t satisfy. However, coming empty before Jesus so He fills us? That works wonders. He works wonders.