If you are like me I always take care of everything and everyone else first. I save myself for last. That’s not a bad thing to do. But there comes a time when your mind, body and soul are on empty. You reach a point where you can’t take care of anyone else. Not even yourself.
Recently I was on empty. I had nothing else to give to anyone. Not a motivational word of encouragement or even a prayer. My cup was empty. Something had to change because I didn’t like that feeling.
Harrison and Sydney always come first. Before I buy something for myself, or do anything for myself I think about them. I make sure that they are taken care of first. Then I will try to find some time for myself. Or treat myself to something. Remember it doesn’t take much to please me. So, an iced tea from Starbucks is a treat for me. If not, then maybe next time.
I had given everything that I had to everyone else and I was left with nothing. I can’t blame anyone. I chose to do that. But I didn’t realize that I should have stopped until it was too late. After three months of pain with plantar fasciitis. I am finally going to the doctor this week. I will never wait that long again when it comes to my health.
This week I planned three activities for myself. You will read about them in a blog next week. I planned just enough hours to have some mommy time. Harrison and Sydney are getting older and are more independent. They still need me. But they need me with a full cup not one that is empty. I am more than Harrison and Sydney’s mom. It’s my time to celebrate Brooke.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.
Don’t wait around for someone to fill your cup for you. That is your responsibility. Another key factor is to not let others take away from your cup. Be wise and classy and learn how to say no when you needed.
The last few weeks have shown me the importance of taking care of myself. I have more on my shoulders than most and making time for me isn’t easy. But I am determined to keep my cup full. My mind and soul will be nourished with God’s word. My heart is open and ready to receive all of the blessings that God has promised me. He said it in his word.
Psalm 23: 5-6
You prepare a table before in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of Lord forever.
Have you checked your cup lately?