I love to take old things and turn them into something new. Or take something used and reuse it in a new way. You have seen from some of my past posts that I enjoy painting, rearranging and remodeling. Sometimes it is just the change of seasons that excite me and motivate me to freshen up a room. It doesn’t have to be major–just adding a new pillow or changing out a print in a picture frame can give a room a whole new look.
Not exactly Pinterest or DIY worthy, but sometimes I just need to remind myself that it’s okay to put some time and effort into ME.
As in a Do-It-Yourself for yourself.
There is something in me that stirs up guilt when I spend time on myself. I’m not sure why, exactly, but when I take time to do something that I want to do, I feel a little guilt creep in.
And it’s not always the Holy Spirit.
It can be, I know. When I am being selfish or extravagant in ways that don’t honor the Lord, it is wrong; but when I neglect this physical body that embodies the spiritual, it can be wrong too. I am not being a good steward. I have been given all the resources necessary to take care of this physical body that God has given me.
And getting older doesn’t mean that I have to resign myself to mediocrity.
God’s desire is for us to be the best that we can be–in His power and for His glory.
The best wife.
The best mom.
The best nana.
The best woman I can be–not so I can exalt myself–but in order to live out the plans and purposes He has for me and me alone.
No one else can fill the shoes that He has placed me in.
And part of embracing that involves
So I will…
paint my nails
color my hair
take my vitamins.
Every day that God gives me is a gift, and whether I’m cuddling my grandchild or cleaning a toilet,
I can have a grateful heart.
I can even be grateful for me. For the me that God created. For the me that God loves like no other.
Don’t believe me? Just read Psalm 139.