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Self-Care: Something We All Need

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It’s important to talk self-care because it seems like it’s something we don’t think we need. The reality is, it's critical that we have self-care for a healthy lifestyle. I know it sounds crazy to take time from your busy schedules to care for yourself, but believe me, it is so good for you. To put this into perspective, consider your car. What does it need in order for you to drive it? You guessed it: gas. What happens when your car does not have any gas? It can't go anywhere until you fill it up again. In a lot of ways, you are like your car. If you keeping going and going without taking time to replenish your tank, you are going to sputter out on the freeway, in the need to call a tow truck.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when considering implementing self-care into your schedule is that it does not need to be complicated. Something as simple as taking a break from chores to go on a walk outside for thirty minutes or listening to some calm music and reading a good book can do wonders. Take some time to consider what might be some ways that you can replenish your tank and write it down. Is it adding a bubble bath after a long day at the office? Or is it taking something away such as saying “no” to another volunteer opportunity so you can have a game night with the kids? Whatever it is, go for it and do not be afraid to partake in a little self-care.

If you need help in thinking through how you can take some time and care for yourself, we’d love to talk with you. Schedule an appointment with our counseling ministry at east91st.org or by calling 317-598-1580.

Weekend in Review: The Marathon Race

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This past weekend, Lead Pastor Rick Grover, kicked off our series, #ADULTING. If you were not able to attend, Rick specifically spoke on how adulting is hard. The main scripture that he used was Philippians 3:12-19. Pastor Rick used verse 12 to lead into his first point.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”

Pastor Rick stated that we, as Christ-followers, will never reach spiritual maturity. He stated that Paul was a Pharisee and was incredibly educated and had an immense amount of knowledge. Even after he was converted, Paul was the author more than half of the New Testament. With all this wisdom, Paul concluded that he could not be perfect spiritually. Paul wanted to continue to strive toward maturity because of Christ. Paul had many hardships throughout the course of his ministry, but he acknowledged that Christ's grace was the reason he kept going.

Spiritual growth is never an easy journey. More often than not, it’s a marathon race. Finding moments of levity can be difficult and the journey can be tough, but we must mold our minds like Paul toward God's grace. His goal was to keep on growing in maturity because of what Christ has done for us. Take heart this week in knowing that while adulting is hard, Christ is our source of energy during this marathon race of spiritual maturity.

Need help walking through your spiritual journey? We’d love to help. Reach out to us at east91st.org so that we can serve you.

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