Gear Up: Me Time, Take Two

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on ME TIME, TAKE TWO!

A few weeks ago we also focused on ME TIME.

I’ll admit: I wrote the devotion before I kept my toddler grandson for a week. I felt a little bad for telling moms they carve out me time if they really wanted to. Because, trust me, I really REALLY wanted some ME TIME when he was here. Maybe a bath.

Not a candlelit bubble bath with a book, just a plain bath where I had time to rinse the shampoo out of my hair before I had to get out.

So I realize ME TIME isn’t easy.

Still try.

But more so than finding time to be alone or treat yourself to an outing, this week we will focus on treating ourselves with kindness.

The fact is, we are way harsher on ourselves than we’d ever be with a friend or a co-worker. Use your ME TIME this week to be kind to yourself. Allow yourself that donut or forgive yourself for the words you spoke in anger. Don’t berate yourself for messing up a project and just do better next time with your kid. (We ALL have those parenting fails.)

Giving yourself me time is simply acknowledging that you are special and you deserve the grace you’d bestow upon someone else.

 

Gear Up: Me Time

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on ME TIME!

Many people think it’s impossible to carve out alone time, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have young children at home, enlist a friend or family member to help with them for a couple of hours a week. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving the house, find a young teenager to play with the kids while you slip away for a bubble bath or to read that book that’s been on your nightstand for weeks.

If you work 60 hours a week and just want to come home and crash after work, just stop and treat yourself to something simple like an Icee after work.

One day I was tackling my long shopping list at WalMart when I passed by the toy aisle. How many times had I begged my parents for a toy when I was little, only to be told it wasn’t on the list? Well there I was, list in hand, and was old enough to decide that I could buy something that wasn’t on the list after all! I perused the toy aisles for about 15 minutes, settling on a new Barbie doll that ended up in the grandkids’ toy bin. (But not before I secretly played with her first!)

 

Groupon is also one of my favorite apps. I’ve gotten full body massages up to 90% off. A $10 massage is not a splurge; it’s an investment! I also bought a one-hour game play (think: virtual reality) at a nearby mall for $6. There’s nothing like good old-fashioned playing to rejuvenate your spirit!

If cheap outings are still not in the budget, free ones are! Parks, trails, libraries, lakes…there are an abundance of places to go for a little me time that don’t cost a dime.

We are better for others when we are good to ourselves and that starts with taking care of YOU!