Self-Care: A Resource Guide

by - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Late last year I felt the Lord leading me to become what I like to call "heart healthy." It all started when I wrote a blog post, Understanding Pain. A few days after that post I listened to a podcast that I had in my phone for months, but for whatever reason, I decided to tackle it. I was left raw. I felt fragile as I slowly began to uncover matters of my heart that I had stuffed so far down in order to self preserve myself. In 3 John 1:2, it says, "Dear friend, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." Our souls are made up of three parts: mind, will, and emotions. God wants us to be prosperous in all areas of life, but if we have a war internally in our souls we will produce it externally. I had two instances when I noticed my emotions get out of control and I felt prisoner to my emotions.
Being a mom isn't easy. I've said before that there are as many ugly, un-perfect moments as there are genuine, beautiful Pinterest ones. Once my daughter had a meltdown so bad in public that when I finally got home, I cried for two hours on the couch. Not exaggerating. TWO HOURS. I felt so defeated. What was even worse was how I let the circumstances dictate my emotions. When we finally got back to the car, I was completely reactionary in my discipline and the way I treated my daughter that it scared me. I didn't want her to learn anger from me and I realized I had to get it under control. When I started this journey I didn't realize I had suppressed emotions and it wasn't until I came into frustrating situation that it was triggered. The turmoil of my internal life was leaking out, and more than anything I didn't want it to rub off on my daughter. So I dove head first into experiencing complete freedom. I knew more than anything it wasn't necessarily an anger problem as it was I needed to experience God's patience and love in an area of my life. Anger is just a fruit of a deeper problem. I felt the Lord point at this area of my heart and invite me into a journey where we could walk this thing out. I am fully convinced that love is a "heal-all." I am daily inviting His transforming love to heal broken piece of my heart. I have decided that I will no longer let my emotions rule over me. My emotions may be lairs, but I am not. At least not anymore. 
I know that I can't be the only one who wants to see freedom in these areas. So I created a resource guide of things that have been apart of my journey to seeing wholeness in every area of my life. If you are interested in some further freedom when it comes to your own soul, take a look:
  1. Head to Heart Podcast // Fair warning, this is a heavy podcast. Only listen if you are ready to tackle some heavy heart matters.
  2. Release Endorphins // Endorphins trigger feel good emotions that help relieve stress and anxiety levels. So go for a run or a hike. Take up cycling. Find a way to help out your body work for you!
  3. Abi Stumvoll Message- How do We Manage Our Emotions? // Really anything that Abi preaches on I take a listen. Her messages have been helping me along my freedom journey for years. 
    1. Surround Yourself with People // We can't do this life on our own and we aren't meant to. Find people and hold on to them tight.
    2. Find time to laugh // Sometimes it just feels so good to laugh.
    3. Meditate on Scripture // The Bible has transformation power, but if we don't know what it says then it will be hard to renew our mind. I know that I can always hear His voice through His word and it is still relevant for today. 
    4. Replace Lies with Truth // Truth is powerful. I'm learning to identify the lies that I believe and replace them with truth. It's life changing and empowering. The Backlund's wrote Just Laugh at That  and have a Podcast that I am currently working my way through. 


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