Monday, July 10, 2006

Happy Tuesday...A Day Early

So, this is supposed to be posted tomorrow, but because of how life's been the last little while, I'm going to post today and have it be up a day early. Blessings to you!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I was reading on Christian Women Online over the weekend and came across something new they are doing called, "Get Inspired on Fridays, Join Us on Tuesdays". So any Christian women who are reading and might be interested in this, you can simply click on the above link and it will take you to Christian Women Online, where a more indepth explanation is given for what this is!

The basic idea is that a quote will be posted on Friday and if interested, you are encouraged to jot down your ideas about the quote on your blog. So here goes:

"Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself ."
- Audrey Giorgi

I actually found this quote to be an interesting one for me to read...for a variety of reasons. Being a wife, mother of three and all the many roles I seem to take can be very hectic and sometimes takes a lot out of me. Maybe this just applies to me, but I think sometimes we are so busy tending to the needs of those around us, that we forget about tending to ourselves. I think when you begin forgetting to tend to yourself or as this quote says, "visit yourself", you tend to lose sight of who you are and as a result begin to breakdown physically, emotionally, spiritually. As I sit here and look at the words I just wrote, I feel some guilt and a feeling of selfishness. But the truth of the matter is that it's not selfish to take time to "visit yourself" and to take time for yourself. It's essential if you expect to be all the things this life is calling you to be. Does it mean you love those around you any less? No, in fact I think it shows how much you truly do love those around you. You love them enough to take time to know who you are as a person and most importantly, as a Child of God! You love them enough to take time out and rest and regain your strength, so as to keep yourself spiritually, physically and emotionally fit!

As I wrote the other day on the NorthVus blog, I've been in a time period lately which has had me being in a "cave
". This is another reason why this quote caught my eye. When you go into a "cave" period of time, you have no choice but to "visit yourself". It's the only way you are able to find out why you are where you are. Being in a "cave" forces you to examine who you are deep down inside...examine what God's speaking to your heart and to find out what's truly driving you and everything that's going on.

I think this quote speaks a lot of importance. I've learned a lot about myself during those times when I "take a break and visit myself"! It's important to know who you are and to make sure you are strong in all aspects of your life and taking that break is really an essential way of doing that. I don't do it often enough and it's usually as a result that I end up being in that "cave"...because I've stretched myself so thin and worked myself to the brink...I end up being at my weakest physically, emotionally and spiritually. It's truly by God's grace that he allows me the opportunity to find the "cave"...that place which I go to and which allows me the time to regain my strength, feel Christ's peace and love, reflect and find clarity in where I am at that time.

I pray that I'll learn to "take the break and find myself" more often and that hopefully I'll visit the "caves" less often, but I'm grateful that the "caves" are there and that it's okay to find them and crawl inside them when you need need to feel ashamed, but instead feel blessed and take advantage of what your learn during those times. The one thing I do know...when I do "visit myself", so does He and I come out with a strengthened sense of faith, peace and His love...that in itself should be the ultimate incentive to do this more often!

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John 4:4 ~ NIV)


Loni said...

Our thoughts were very similar for this quote. Yes, just as Jesus needed time alone, we do too. It was nice to relate with you!

Amydeanne said...

hello my fellow Saskatchewanee!

But the truth of the matter is that it's not selfish to take time to "visit yourself" and to take time for yourself. It's essential if you expect to be all the things this life is calling you to be.

That is sooooo hard for me to remember as well! I've got 3 little ones and I feel guilty trying to catch my breath even for a few moments! God Bless!

Cinder said...

Loni ~ Thanks so much for stopping by...I really liked your thoughts on this quote. It's so true that we do need time alone, just as our Creator did. Blessings to you and yours!

Amydeanne ~ Hello fellow Saskatchewanee! I've got three blessings as well and I do feel guilty about taking that breath. I'm learning to remember this, as I've seen the effects on my family and I when I don't.

As a friend said to me..."breath the breathe of God".

I really enjoyed looking at your pictures...they are beautiful. Blessings to you and yours!

Sissy B. said...

It is always comforting, as women, to know we are not alone in our thoughts, feelings, wants, and needs. We do tend to stretch ourselves too thin and back ourselves into a "cave"....great analogy!! I enjoyed your perspective on this quote...very honest and true. Thanks for sharing.

Darlene said...

I agree that it doesn't mean we love the ones around us any less. Good post.

Corry said...

Love your page! I thought for a moment I had clicked the wrong link, haha.

God's Grace.

audrey` said...

Wonderful new blogskin, Cinder :)

Cinder said...

Sissy B. ~ Thanks so much for stopping's very comforting to know that we are not alone in our thoughts, feelings, wants and needs. Hope to see you again soon!

Darlene ~ I've had a long journey to learning to know that it doesn't mean we love those around us less...I guess it's a continual learning and growing experience...thanks for dropping by!

Corry ~ Hey there, nice to hear from you! I decided I wanted a change...a little more whimsical! Blessings to you and Kc ;D !

Audrey ~ Thanks so much, I'm glad you like...Blessings to you ;D!