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Be Kind to Yourself

Speak kindly to yourself. You are God's precious child. He is kind and loving, and He wants us to be kind and loving to ourselves as well. 

Women in particular can be very hard on themselves. Harsh self-talk is not edifying or helpful to our sense of well-being. Be kind to yourself because, "We are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Be kind to yourself because, we are told, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 (NIV), and there is no mention that we are excluded. That verse does not say we are to be cruel to ourselves, and not forgive ourselves.

They say that our inner voice is what we were told as babies, so let me take this important idea one step farther. Be kind to yourself even if others are not kind to you. What can you do to be kind to yourself? Take a hot bath, sleep in, herbal tea. Get outside in nature! Actually taking a walk with green stuff around you is scientifically shown to help stress.

If you are stressed and need to avoid extra stress in your planning, this article is filled with scripture to encourage you: How to Avoid a Crazy Busy Life in 7 Easy Steps. In fact, consider this little statistical tidbit. Did you know there are 545 Bible results on rest, but only 500 verses about love? Apparently, rest is considered pretty important too, right? That demonstrates how we should be kind to ourselves.

We should tell ourselves the truth, but the truth is not always negative. We all fail, of course, but our self-talk can be extremely negative when unchecked. Speak words of affirmation to yourself. Encourage yourself.

Kindness means more than just speaking kind words. It means finding a balance between our desire to achieve and our need to rest. While work IS important, too much of it will kill you, and we need to balance rest and work. I call it the Genesis 2:2 balance. "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work." Balance. God rests - he doesn't even NEED rest! Find balance. Plan balance for next year. 7 Point Sanity-Saving Checklist for Planning Your Homeschool Year

My Coffee Break Book, Creating Homeschool Balance, will help you understand what homeschool balance looks like, feels like, and how to create it. You'll learn strategies to find that unique, perfect balance for your family and homeschool without going crazy!

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Comments 4

Lee Binz on Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:44

Hi Jeanie! It's hard to homeschool in challenging situations, but we still need to be kind to our self. I'm glad this post has blessed you!
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Jeanie! It's hard to homeschool in challenging situations, but we still need to be kind to our self. I'm glad this post has blessed you! Blessings, Lee
Jeanie Watkins on Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:23

As a widowed mom,who did not do well in school myself, homescooling 4 children I am always questioning myself even though I believe this is God's will for our family.I am very behind on many things including reading my emails but I am reading this at just the right time. Thanks.

As a widowed mom,who did not do well in school myself, homescooling 4 children I am always questioning myself even though I believe this is God's will for our family.I am very behind on many things including reading my emails but I am reading this at just the right time. Thanks.:)
Lee Binz on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:33

I'm so glad to hear that Amy! I had scheduled this post for later, but then suddenly there was a significant number of parents that were berating themselves over the past year. I'm thankful to hear from you today!
Blessings,
Lee

I'm so glad to hear that Amy! I had scheduled this post for later, but then suddenly there was a significant number of parents that were berating themselves over the past year. I'm thankful to hear from you today! Blessings, Lee
Amy Tassone on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:18

Thank you, Lee, for this helpful and healthful reminder! Even if we "know" the importance of positive self-talk and rest, we still need gentle reminders. Your post came when I really needed it!

Thank you, Lee, for this helpful and healthful reminder! Even if we "know" the importance of positive self-talk and rest, we still need gentle reminders. Your post came when I really needed it!
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