Inspiration for Today: We have a Fierce Protector

Psalm 23 The Passion Translation

The Lord is my Fierce Protector and my Pastor.
I always have more than enough.

He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure,
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.

Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

So why would I fear the future?
For I’m being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love. Then afterwards—when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

We Must Not Forget Self-Care

As we strive to provide and care for our family, do our best in our jobs, voluntarily serve in our communities, local groups or even churches – we might forget adequately caring for our self.

According to PsychCentral: “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” I would also add to that our spiritual health.

What are some ways the that we can take better care of ourselves?

Mental and emotional health. What is helpful in this area is building yourself strong relationships and friendships. Being able to freely express yourselves in these relationships is important – being able to talk about your concerns and issues as well as your happy moments or news to others is good for you.

Being able to do stress management would be extremely good as well. We all experience different levels of stress but what is important is we know how to handle them and that we also have the resources to meet them. If you also suffer from depression, seek out the support and help from others. Seek help from a mental health professional. Take note that seeking the help of others, including from mental health professionals is also one key step towards being mentally and emotionally healthy.

Physical Health. It is important to take care of our physical health. After all, to continue to function and fulfill our purpose in our lives, we need our body and its parts 😊 Pursuing good physical health means taking enough time to sleep and rest. It also means eating and hydrating ourselves well. We need to be conscious and intentional in eating healthy and not just eat whatever is available or whatever we are craving for😊

We must not also forget that our body needs exercise and physical activity to be able to function to its optimum. Unfortunately, there may be times when we encounter an accident and suffer injury. If the injury is caused by the negligence of others, it would be helpful for you seek help and legal advice from personal injury attorney Tampa so that you will be able to avail of resources that you need to recover.

Spiritual Health. We can not neglect this area of our life. We need to have spiritual resources to tap into as we continue our life journey. This includes exercising your faith and being part of a community of believers. Reading the Bible and other inspirational material can help nurture the spirit. Studies point out that spiritual practices are connected to better health and well-being. These spiritual practices which are contemplative in nature include meditation, prayer and journaling.

In the end, we need to remember that we are responsible in making choices for a better and healthier you and me. It takes a conscious decision to take better care of ourselves. And this is something that we must do because its benefits are not just for us personally. When we take time to care for ourselves, we become better equipped in serving and taking care of others.

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