Self-care is selfish… right?

Good Wednesday morning everyone! I have the table all set for you. Hot beverages and muffins await! Oh how I wish we could actually gather at the table for real coffee/tea and muffins. How heart-warming that would be.

 

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to “self-care” lately. By lately I mean the last year or so. See I had it in my mind that self-care equaled self-ish.

 

Now don’t misunderstand… when other people practiced good self-care, I always looked at them as those “got-it-together” kind of people. But for ME to practice self-care… well… that was just me being narcissistic and self absorbed.

 

Hey… I didn’t say I made sense.

 

But I’ve developed a new nightly routine that I’d like to share with you. It may not be the grandest of self-care efforts but it’s a start. i’ll share this verse with you first that helped me to get on board with my own self-care.

 

Ephesians 5:29  “No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it just like as Christ cares for the church.” (NLT)

 

Now setting aside body image struggles that are very real for a lot of us, we are taking a look at the self-care aspect of this verse. Christ caring for the church is important. He died for it! Not the physical building mind you, this is the “body” of Christ. If Jesus cares for His “body”, shouldn’t we care for our physical bodies?

 

Here in list form is my new nightly routine:

 

  1. I wash my face and hands directly before bed.

2. I put straight raw coconut oil on my face and lips (this is the solid form that can be found at any grocery store)

 

3. I brush out my hair until smooth.

 

4. I get on my PJ’s.

 

5. I climb into bed and get my hand lotion I keep on my bed-side table and smooth it on my hands and wrists.

 

6. I turn on “Babbling Brook” or “Fountain” sounds on my Alexa.

 

7. I spray my pillow with rose scented sleep spray and turn on my essential oil defuser that usually has lavender with one or two other oils blended together.

 

8. I pull up one verse on my Bible app to focus on before going to sleep.

 

9. I will most times, post that verse as encouragement for others for the night.

 

10. I prepare my pillows for there to be room for both my head and my cat to sleep on.

 

I have been faithful to this routine for fifteen nights now and I love it! It’s just a small addition to my evening that I look forward to and only takes maybe twenty minutes. Do you have a night time routine or awesome self-care regimen?

 

Oh and by the way… men can and should have some sort of self-care routine as well. It may not include facials or aroma therapy, But he should have something.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on self-care from the Biblical perspective. If you have such a routine, share it here. Blessings to you all and try just one night time self-care thing and see how you feel.

 

A Message for Monday

Well here we are table family, it’s Monday morning! How was your weekend? Pretty low key around here. I know that Mondays usually get a bad wrap. I heard a little joke once that said “If every day is a gift, I want to know where I can return Monday!”

Well I’m hoping to brighten your Monday mornings just a little with an encouraging word…

 

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.”

 

This short verse tells us to have our trust in the Lord, but it also goes a step further and says we will be blessed when our hope IS the Lord! Our hope need rest no where else but in God Himself. Not hope for what He will do or has done, though we use those situations to build our faith. But the hope we need or have IS the Lord. Trust Him and we will be blessed. Let Him be our very hope and we will be blessed. Do you have hope? You have God so you have hope! Cling to your hope… cling to God. Blessings dear friends.

What are your prayers?

Hi table family. How is everyone holding up? I have been at home for a month now and haven’t left the house at all. I’ve taken a walk around my block several times but nothing more. Has it been like that for you too?

 

I’m going to have a pretty short post this week because I’d like to pray for you. Really… I’d love for you to give me a prayer request and I’ll respond with a prayer for each individual request. I feel like that is the best medicine right now.

 

There is no request to small or insignificant. I have been praying for people who have contracted the virus, those who have lost their jobs, folks battling depression from the stress due to what’s happening… and for peoples boredom, loneliness, and just for someone to talk to. Our Father hears every prayer. So please… don’t feel like your request is not important or not as valid. I’d really love to pray for you…

 

Ephesians 6:18  “Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

A Message for Monday

Good Monday morning to you all! I hope you had a lovely Easter. I know it was probably very different for each of us. But I pray you were able to delve into the word of God and really look at the story of the Resurrection.

 

For this Monday, I felt like we needed this reminder…

 

Matthew 6:34  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself, sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble.”

 

God asks us only to face the day in front of us… no more then that. If we took our days more then one at a time, our lives would be shortened by a great deal. God has each day in the palm of His hand and He only hands us one to deal with each morning. Just take today’s tasks and obligations and sort those out for the day. Think about someone else taking your work load for the next day and how much that would ease your burdens and lighten your load. God is offering this by only giving us one day to handle at a time. Just face today! Blessings to all of you dear friends.

Will this pandemic change the world? Will it change me?

Hello table family! I still have the pink floral table cloth on and I’ve mentally baked some muffins. The coffee is ready and the water is hot for tea if you prefer. Pull up a chair and let’s talk…

 

I think we can all agree that what is happening in our world today has not been seen before. At least by anyone who is alive now. There have already been changes to our everyday routines and schedules. We are not supposed to group together nor can we grab the girls for our long awaited evening out at our favorite restaurant.

 

My plans for my you tube channel have had to shift a little due to the fact that I can’t run out and get more crafting supplies. It has challenged me to be more creative then I bargained for.

 

We are having to find things to occupy us individually and as a family. Sure we may have to break up more sibling rivalries then we’d like to and we may have to be doing more kids crafts and coloring then we are used to, but hey… all in a days quarantine, right?

 

But let’s take a look at some ways that our shift in the daily routine is making good changes. Since we all have at least a little more time then we normally do, this gives us the opportunity to catch up with friendships that maybe we haven’t had a lot of time for. It’s a great time to get to know your kids better as the years fly by and leave us wondering where they all went. This is a prime time to rediscover the newlywed stage of your marriage. Pull out those old photos and take that stroll down memory lane. Nobody will pull you over and question why you are on that road. Maybe even re-live that special day and renew your vows to each other in a private ceremony with just the people in your household in attendance, or maybe it’s just the two of you 😉

 

Have that indoor picnic with the family. Spread out a blanket on the living room floor and bring dinner out there. Use paper plates or break out the fine china, it’s up to you!

 

The point is that the world may never be the same after this is over because of new protocols, closed businesses, early school years, or any “abnormal” things put in place to try and prevent something like this from having this kind of affect on our country again. But we can take hold of the positive changes and not let go of them when this is all over.

 

Keep some of the new ways you do things as a family and implement them into a new routine. Maybe you could have picnic indoors once a week or once a month. Perhaps You will have that private vow renewal ceremony each year on a particular date. It would be fantastic to make it a weekly appointment to check in with that elderly neighbor who would look forward to your visits.

 

This mandatory slow down could help us reevaluate our priorities in life and begin to find joy in the more simple things. We are on a mission to be successful and get ahead in life and ambition is not a sin! But sometimes Jesus is asking us to step back and slow down to find greater value.

 

Mark 6:31 says “and He said to them ‘come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while’ for many were coming and going they had no leisure even to eat.” (ESV)

 

Have you ever had days like that? Days where you didn’t have time to eat? I think we all have at some time or another. Jesus is offering us this time to come away and rest. Rest by spending time together. Eating meals together again. Talking with one another again. Will you take this time and be changed?

 

The world may be changed but my prayer is that I W I L L  be changed. How about you? Will you find ways to be changed and be able to look back at this time as something you gleaned from? Let’s be changed together.

A Message for Monday

Hi all and good Monday morning! Glad you could make it to the table once again 🙂

 

I hope you are all doing well and your families are healthy. Please remember that you can send me your prayer requests at any time and I’ll gladly pray for you. I found an interesting verse that I’ve read a million times but seems to have an extra significance right now…

 

John 16:32 says “Behold the hour is coming indeed it has come when you will be scattered each to his own home and will leave Me alone yet I am not alone for the Father is with Me.”

 

At this time of us being scattered each to our own homes, let us not forget Jesus. Let’s seek Him and cling to Him and hold on to His promises. Now is not the time to leave Jesus alone but to talk to Him frequently and get to know Him better. Now is the time we need a friend, wouldn’t you agree? Jesus is longing to be just that… our very best friend. Talk with Him today. Tell Him your fears and struggles. He’ll understand and comfort you. No need for social distancing with Jesus. Take good care table family. See you Wednesday.

How CanFeathers Protect Us?

Hello and welcome back to my table friends! Imagine a table covered with a beautiful pink floral spring time table cloth. Basket weave chargers set at each place. A spring green linen napkin twisted into a rose type pattern placed in the middle of the charger and a plate of muffins sit in the middle. A lovely coffee mug sits at each place waiting to be filled with your favorite hot beverage. It’s poured and it’s now steaming next to your muffin on a beautiful rose patterned plate. A aromatic candle burns in the center of the table. Now… let’s have our chat at the table…

 

Father in Heaven, please bless these words with Your power and grace. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Have you ever collected feathers or simply held one and looked at it? We all have heard and used the phrase “as light as a feather” or “you could have knocked me over with a feather” or describing someone as being a “feather weight”. So how in the world can feathers protect us? Let me jump right into our verse…

Psalm 91:4 says “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge. His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”

feathers

I want to focus on the first part of this verse, “He will cover you with His feathers…”

While studying this verse, I discovered just what these feathers are. Some versions call them “pinions” . I learned that these specific feathers of a bird are the feathers used for flight. They are the ones used to lift the bird up up and away. They carry the bird. They have much strength in them to perform this duty.

 

If these are the feathers God is protecting us with, then He is protecting us with the ability to lift us up in times of sorrow. The ability to carry us through grief. The ability to have our hearts take flight. God is our protector. His feathers are big enough to shelter all of us. In times of uncertainty, He spreads His wings and invites us to gather beneath them.

 

I have had several prayer sessions this week involving this pandemic, isolation, and fear that is circling our world. These prayer times are a gathering under His wings… under His feathers. When we pray silently in our beds at night, we are gathering under His feathers. When we pour out our hearts to Him in fear and trembling, we are gathering under His feathers.

 

Take some time today and find your place under your heavenly Fathers feathers. He is waiting for you with wings out-stretched. He will shelter you and you will find comfort there. Think about how soothing it is to feel the wisps of a feather. How comforting it is to brush a feather across your cheek. Let the feathers of the Lord sooth you in these most trying times Gather under His wings table family… just gather. Blessings to each of you  🙂

 

 

 

 

A Message for Monday

Good Monday morning everyone! How is the table family doing with week two of staying in? Has it been good to be home or are you feeling claustrophobic? Have you gotten a lot done around your house or have you been feeling like you don’t want to do anything at all?

 

Do you feel like it’s been difficult to see Jesus through all of this? Does it feel like He hasn’t been working throughout this pandemic? I’d like to share a verse with you about the work Jesus has done and continues to do…

 

John 21:25 says “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did, were everyone of them to be written I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (ESV)

 

We read about the miraculous things that Jesus did while here on earth, but there are so many more things that He did and still does. So many that ALL the books in the whole world couldn’t contain all the things Jesus has done! Think about that for a moment… every single book in the world right now, if they were all written about Jesus, could not contain all He has done. That sort of takes my breath away! So think of this verse when you are tempted to feel like Jesus isn’t doing anything. Look for what He has done… you’ll see Him.

 

Have a blessed Monday friends 🙂

Foodie Fridayon hold

Hi all, I come humbly before you and ask your forgiveness. I have lagged on the Foodie Friday posts. My heart has been focused on praying with people during this global crisis. I have made the decision to post Foodie Friday recipes only occasionally, as a particular recipe crosses my path and I feel you all would enjoy it.

 

Right now I think the best thing we can feast on is Gods word. I don’t relish the idea of backing off on something I began, but I do feel prayer is what’s most needed at this time. I will be continuing “A Message for Monday” and the regular Wednesday posts, but trying to keep up with my church family, my biological family, and my table family in prayer is about all I can handle effectively right now.

 

Please Please, feel free to Email me or comment on any post with any prayer requests. I really would love to hear from you all. Tonight I am making breakfast food for my family. I love breakfast for dinner… do you?

 

I’m sorry to have to do this but it won’t be permanent. We just need to get through this crisis. Let’s get through it together. Please let me know how you are doing, okay? Blessings to you all.

Better late then never… I hope?

Hi to all the Table family! I am so sorry for the delay in posting but I have been creating content for my Youtube channel… it’s live now! I’m so excited for how God is going to use this ministry. I’m putting the link for you here and I hope it will give you something else to focus on for a time so we don’t get to overwhelmed by what’s happening in our world right now. Please let me know your thoughts on anything you’d like to share your thoughts on. Don’t forget to subscribe as well, so you get notified when the next video is ready. I just put one up today and wanted to get it to all of you. Thanks always for your support 🙂

 

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