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Moms, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Today I’m going to help you learn how to fill it by following some Biblical self care basics.

Balancing the work you do for others with taking care of yourself is tough, but definitely worth the effort. Here are my best tips on health and wellness for moms who want to be refreshed, unburdened followers of Jesus.

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Getting and Staying Healthy

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Cor. 6:19-20, ESV

Your body is meant to be valued as a treasure that God purchased with His own son’s blood. It’s amazing how much our bodily health matters to God. We’re supposed to treat our bodies as respectfully as we would a temple. After all, the Holy Spirit resides there.

Physical Self Care for Moms

Now I have as much struggle as the next person keeping up with doctors appointments, eating for health alone, and getting active (in ways that don’t include running after children.) Moms, we don’t have tons of time and taking care of ourselves is often the first thing to slide.

  • stay hydrated
  • stay active
  • go to the doctor
  • eat wisely
  • take vitamins
  • sleep as much as possible!

But treating our bodies as a temple is a challenge that’s worth the effort. Let’s put this a bit higher up on our list of priorities so that we can keep up the good work of mom life.

Your Prayer Life

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Eph. 6:18, NIV

This verse says it all! God’s word challenges us to remain in communication with God at all times. We’re to be looking for needs that we can cover in prayer, to do His will and please Him, and to lift up all the Lord’s people.

Jesus often retreated to a lonely place to spend time with God, and we should do the same. I know this is another area of self care that’s really difficult for moms to keep up with, and I completely sympathize. It doesn’t help that we often feel bad about our lack of prayer time. Heaping false guilt over a struggle we have always makes matters worse!

Spiritual Self Care for Moms

So, with all the grace I can possibly throw at you, remember that prayer is simply talking with God. If you aren’t willing to carve out a quiet time in order to pray, at least keep your connection with God in the ON position.

  • Keep a simple gratitude journal
  • Write down prayer requests and answers
  • Spend time in God’s word
  • Listen to teachings and audio Bibles (the YouVersion app is awesome!)
  • Worship God in song

He’s always there, ready to hear you.

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Healthy Friendships

We need each other. God definitely made us to exist in relationships: mother and child, wife and husband, sister and brother, and moms and mom friends. Part of self care is nurturing our relationships and keeping them healthy.

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24

Is a mom’s night out part of self care? I think so! But this principle goes much deeper than fun with friends, as God shares in Proverbs 18:24 (above) that our own health and abundance in life is closely connected with the kinds of relationships we have.

If you have unreliable friends, you will come to ruin. It’s right there in the Bible! Take the measures you need to take so that you’re surrounded by people who care enough about you that they can be there for you.

Moms, we can struggle with this concept, because we know that family comes first and we are just plain busy. We hate it when we don’t seem like the reliable friend because something comes up with our kids or our schedules.

Nurture Friendships with Other Moms

But little things here can make the difference: a phone call or a thoughtful text message goes a long way.

  • send texts
  • pick up the phone and call a mom friend
  • set up play dates for your kids so you can chat
  • bring over coffee and/or treats for no reason
  • pray for your friend
  • meet for a casual Bible study
  • go on walks with your friend and kids in tow

Nurture the relationships that you can depend on, and remember that we all go through busy seasons, and God has grace for you. Your self care routine depends on friendships.

Me Time and Spiritual Refreshing

But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.

Ps. 131:2

As moms, we know the big difference between a weaned child and one who’s not. A weaned child doesn’t rely on someone else for their satisfaction and nutrition, a nursing baby will literally claw at you to get what they need.

So just like your big kiddo who can drink from a cup, God’s desire for us is to be content and calm in our spiritual lives, able to have peace and maturity without the crying and scratching.

To the weaned child his mother is his comfort though she has denied him comfort. It is a blessed mark of growth out of spiritual infancy when we can forego the joys which once appeared to be essential, and can find our solace in him who denies them to us: then we behave manfully, and every childish complaint is hushed.

Contentment, calm, and quiet are things that are good for our hearts to feel and for us to pursue. But God doesn’t seem to feel the need to encourage us to pursue “me time” a whole lot.

Self Care and Inner Peace

That being said, God’s word is full of lots of encouragement to have peace, trust Him, relax our grip on life, and lay down our burdens.

He understands that we’re stressed and we need help to trust Him more. We also need encouragement to not be selfish, to be motivated by pleasing God and not ourselves.

Self care, by the world’s standards, is self indulgence. But Christian self care is actually all about discipline. As Christian moms, self care is definitely an essential for us to be effective and fulfilled parents. We should be disciplined in pursuing health, taking time to spend with God, and experiencing some times of spiritual refreshing.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

1 Timothy 4:8, NIV

If you’re truly struggling to pamper yourself at all, then here’s your encouragement to buckle down and give yourself a manicure. You should not feel guilty about caring for yourself, including for your appearance.

Healthy Moms Have a Healthy Self Image

Having confidence in yourself and showing that you know your worth goes hand-in-hand with doing a few simple things to look like the peaceful woman that you are on the inside.

Just remember that God doesn’t look to outward appearances, and neither should we. You’re beautiful because you’re made in His image, fearfully and wonderfully knit together, and you are worth more than you can imagine.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

And I have a feeling your heart is beautiful.

I’m praying you nurture your health, prayer life, relationships, and down time according to God’s will. He adores you, and He truly wants you to take care.

If you’re interested in a really complete list on this topic, check out my post on Essential Self Care for Moms or Sunshyne Gray’s amazing post on Christian Self Care Tips.

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6 Comments on Biblical Self Care Basics for Moms

  1. Laura, this was a beautiful reminder for me today. No matter how old are kids are even as adults they need to see the example of Biblical self-care. I need to be more disciplined in this aspect of my life with everything that has happened it is easy to let that be the first thing to slip which is exactly what the enemy loves so he can make you feel miserable. Thank You!

    • Sheila, I’m so glad this encouraged you! Biblical self care is challenging, so I completely understand! I hope you grab some good self-care moments and that you’re refreshed by God’s presence. ♥

  2. I love this post Laura! Biblical self care has been something that I have been attempting to practice more of this year. The practical tips you share are great and I can honestly say have helped me in ways that I didn’t even realize were possible! Thanks for sharing!

    • Aw, I’m so glad to hear that! I love hearing that you’re encouraged to practice Biblical self care in a few new ways. Thanks so much for stopping by, Heather!

  3. Biblical self-care is just as, if not more, important than regular self-care for us moms! All the spa days and pampering won’t replenish your spiritual health. Getting into God’s word daily and focusing on Him instead of the craziness of the day will make all the difference.

    • Amen! That is so true. We have lots of distractions/responsibilities and taking time to focus on God is what Biblical self care is all about! Thanks for stopping by, LeeAnn. 🙂

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