“Be intentional about how you want to live and live that way EVERYDAY!” – Natasha Gibson
The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health is the definition of self-care. As women in ministry we find that we are great taking care of others but often times neglect preserving or improving our own health. Perhaps it is how a person defines beauty and the prioritization of it that we seem to put self-care at the bottom of our own list.
In the day of Queen Esther, we learn before a young woman could be presented before the king for his consideration, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments. Can you imagine being pampered for a whole year? I’m sure it wasn’t as glamorous as our imagination allows us to consider. It was obvious that the outer beauty was valued more; as the women’s bodies were submerged in various oils, spices and perfumes. If you’re not into this type of beauty process, this certainly would not have been your cup of tea.
Jesus made each of us beautiful before the Father by the shedding of His blood on Calvary; the blood that washed away our sins was the statement that our true beauty is within us. It was the ultimate preparation for the journey ahead, and now as we care for ourselves daily, making ourselves holy by the washing of the word of God, we can present our bodies as living sacrifices, pleasing to God. This is the best daily regimen we can do for ourselves, our families and our ministries.
Take care of your spirit being
French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience”.
Knowing that we are made in the image of God, we are spiritual beings first operating in our fleshly bodies. Peter shared with us in 1 Peter 3:3-4, that we must not be merely external in our beauty but let it be;
- the hidden person of the heart, with the
- imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is
- precious in the sight of God.
He was sharing that we should not get caught up on the outer appearance of adorning ourselves with dresses, jewellery or perfumes but be intentional about taking care of our inner person as well; that is what’s most precious in God’s eyes. WOW! I don’t know about you, but if our inner person is more precious than our outer appearance, which should we really spend more time pampering?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a fresh manicure and pedicure just as much as the girl next door and I love
to wear nice clothes too, however, those things will not keep my mind at peace when I’m in spiritual warfare against the rulers of darkness, against authorities and against the powers of this dark world. Yes, take care of the outer appearance, however, don’t spend more time dolling up the physical than you do the spiritual.
As women in ministry, I know we can spend countless hours preparing our physical body for the day, however, don’t neglect the preparation of your spirit in the presence of God. It’s easy to be bound by society’s ideal view of a woman’s image but we must stay true to the matter of the heart. I love Minister Camelle’s mission for House of ilona “Helping you look good on the outside is our business; helping you feel good on the inside is our heart.” Even when you put on your best attire for the occasion, if the condition of your heart is not of the Lord, you won’t be confident in what you do or what you wear regardless of the time put into the business of making a garment.
The beauty of the calling
It’s important to know your calling and when you accept your calling it is beauty in God’s eyes. I love the song by Lee Ann Womack “I Hope You’ll Dance” as it reminds me to take courage and appreciate what we have and enjoy the dance of life;
- the ministry chosen for me,
- the marriage presented to me,
- the children entrusted to me,
- the friends placed before me.
This is the true meaning of self-care, the beauty of not being afraid of embracing who you are which allows you to live life to the fullest. You realize you have to be intentional about how you want to live and live that way EVERYDAY.
Enjoy the dance and don’t be afraid but in order to do that, you have to know and embrace the beauty God has placed inside of you. Jesus prayed that we are sanctified by the truth of God because God’s word is truth. Remember, you are precious in God’s eyes (Isaiah 43:4) and Jesus is the ultimate preparer and all the adornment you need.
Be Blessed. Be POWERFUL.
“You have to know and embrace the beauty God has placed inside of you“Article by: Minister Natasha Gibson www.asoneministry.net
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