Every Wednesday morning I meet with a group of women at church for Bible study. One of my girlfriends, Joanna, introduced me to this group of women (over a year ago) and I’ve been going ever since. Our weekly time together is so precious to me and I try so hard not to miss a week — especially because they have excellent daycare and it’s so cute to hear the girls say, “Hiiiiii Maaaaaxwell” when we walk in :) It totally melts my heart (and simultaneously makes me feel so old, oh my gosh). Honestly, Bible study + brunch + daycare = I’m so there.
Just recently our table leader asked me how things were with the babes, how is Zack’s job, and is there anything I wanted prayer over? And here’s what I told her…The babes are so good and calm and fun to be around. But they’re still young, so the days can be very long & hard. And Zack’s job is basically a dream, we’re so thankful for it! But all things considered, if our fridge is stocked and I’ve had enough rest/quiet time, I can handle anything the day brings.
After I shared this with her, I simmered in my response a little longer. It’s funny, the same checklist that I check off with the babes still applies to me as an adult. And here’s what else I decided: as long the meals are planned and I’m getting my rest, I really do feel like I can handle anything. This applies to my mama self and to my Maggie self. In all honesty, that’s usually how I gauge whether or not something feels like “an issue”. I’ll ask myself, have I filled my body with healthy, nourishing foods today, and do I feel rested? If I can answer yes to both, and something is still bothering me, then I know I need to investigate a solution. Otherwise, I most likely need a good meal followed by bed.
Two of the most basic human needs, yes, but all too often these are overlooked. It’s so important we take care of our bodies and minds, not just through exercise and limited time on our iPhones, but with how we treat ourselves. We all have amazing, unique talents to share with the world. We are beautiful, way more than we recognize. Regardless of our job titles or how we spend our time awake, we are valuable.
Make sure you know the two things you need each day, and then promise you’ll commit to making them happen. xo
(Gold HeartGrams c/o Love Feast.)