Ten years ago, when my fourth child was born, I injured a disc in my back. Only able to feel relief when lying completely flat, I was unable to be the caregiver my family had always known me to be. I became distraught, even resenting the physical therapy that was essential to my healing, viewing it as time away from my children and husband. One day, as my physical therapist entered the room, my cheeks were glistened with tears. I explained my sadness at not being able to care for my family the way I wanted to. In her compassionate response, she pointed out that I needed to take care of myself so I could take care of others, namely, my family.
Your body is the temple that houses your spirit here on earth. As you take care of yourself, you allow God to work through you.
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
As homeschool parents, we take on many roles: missionary, nurse, counselor, beautician, clothing specialist, chef, janitor, accountant, referee, teacher, and even warrior. No wonder why we sometimes get too overwhelmed and tired!
As you take on these many roles as a homeschool parent, always remember that an empty pitcher has nothing to give. You must maintain balance in your life so you can give your best self to the people you love and care for.
Therefore, it is essential to visit the fountain of wisdom and encouragement each day by taking proper steps to refresh your spirit, strengthen your faith, maintain a biblical perspective, tend to your health, and rest!
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