Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

A Self-Care Kind Of Day Is Okay

Be Still. He longs for us to find rest in Him.
I want you to know that a self-care kind of day is perfectly okay.

This post was originally just some content for the facebook page this morning. But I feel like maybe it should go here too.

Maybe this is for you.

There might be someone feeling a little less-than because their depression or disorder/illness has scrambled their day once again.

And it’s easy to think that you’ve failed. That it’s no use.

But it’s not true. 

Living and navigating depression and mood disorders simply requires us to give ourselves the grace to embrace a different normal, a different definition of health.

I know. It takes your energy, it takes your focus, it takes your passions, it takes your ability, and tries to water it all down, snuff it all out.

The only way to make sure that it can’t keep you down is to use the tool of rest. Allow yourself permission to rest and go slow.

When was the last time you reveled in rest?

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That’s me today.

So today I’m applying a little self-care to my day.

I can tell when the noise of social media and my brain want to collide.

I can tell when thoughts don’t really want to fit themselves together.

When my dysthymia tries to bring anxiety to the surface of everything I do or think for NO reason except that it can.

Just posting this with any kind of fluid thought process has been a major feat…

So I’ve learned not to even try to engage with it.

But to submit it… not submit TO it.

Yielding it to God the Father.
And finding rest.
My relief comes from being still today.
Stillness in Him.

Psalm 46:10 doesn’t get any clearer about what He wants from us when the hard stuff hits us; “Be still and know that I am God.”

Be still and know that even when you can’t go any further today, He created this very day He’s about to take you through. Be still and know He can navigate it for you. Be still and know He’s got this because He loves you.

And He brings no shame. No guilt. No consequence but more of Him to cling to.

And because of this, it’ll still be a GOOD day.

A GREAT day, if just a different one from the one you or I planned….

I wish more people knew they could navigate the waters of depression and illness with this amazing Life Preserver.

So maybe we don’t call this self-care after all. Maybe we call it His-care.

And a ‘His-care’ kind of day is definitely okay.

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Linking up today with some lovely linkups with some fabulous women! Will you join us by clicking open these hashtags?
#IntentionalTuesdayLinkup with Crystal Storms
Holly Barrett’s #TestimonyTuesday, and lastly,
Jennifer Dukes Lee’s #TellHisStory.

10 Comments

  1. Love that “His care”. So true.

    • Christine Duncan

      April 19, 2016 at 12:27 PM

      Thanks, Debbie… His-care has everything we need 🙂 Thanks for visiting! Have an awesome day!

  2. Beautiful! Thank you. I’m always blessed when I visit your blog.

    • Christine Duncan

      April 19, 2016 at 1:15 PM

      Ellen, that means a lot to me, thank you. Praying you have a week filled with blessing!

  3. Christine, my one word this year is “rest.” I love what you said about it being a tool we can use, an invitation to “be still and know” the One who created this day will carry you through it. Thank you for sharing, friend. : )

    • Christine Duncan

      April 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM

      What a great word for the year, Crystal. And that He extends that invitation to us, for holy rest, is something I rely on non-stop. So thankful He takes on our big things while we rest in His almighty shadow.
      Loving all the good words I’m seeing on #IntentionalTueday!

  4. Yes and yes! I’ve come to crave and savor these type of days. In our hurried and hectic lives, self care and more so, soul care, are so vital to our walk with God … and well, our sanity! You are a wise girl. xoxo

    • Christine Duncan

      April 23, 2016 at 8:38 PM

      Ah, soul-care! I’m so there, Tiffany… I like that term very much! Craving being in His presence, building an appetite for more of His kind of rest! Still learning this 😉 xxoo

  5. I so needed this today! I just got out of the hospital last week and have been having the worst time “resting” since then. Thank you for your words! Glad I could connect with you via #testimonytuesday and hope you will visit my linkup on Wednesdays called #Jesus&Coffee @ http://www.amommasjoy.com

    • Christine Duncan

      April 23, 2016 at 8:31 PM

      Jennifer, Love connecting with other bloggers, I will check out your linkup for sure! Until then, I hope you have a restful recovery… so glad to know this post was able to encourage!

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