Self-care fits our health & wellness needs. We can honor the Lord with our self-care. Self-care is not selfish.
As life gets busier serving and caring for others, it gets harder to keep taking care of yourself.
Having a family will keep you busy.
And as they (and we) get older; children need to be in multiple places at once, spouses need attention and date nights, and aging parents have special and time-consuming needs.
I don’t know about you, but honestly, some days I’m just tired!
That sounds silly to say – ‘I’m too tired to take care of myself’. But that’s exactly how I feel some days. No matter how busy, or unbusy, I might be.
That is to say, self-care requires mental energy – especially when it comes to having the motivation to do self-care. We have to have some motivation to take care of ourselves.
To clarify, I’m not just talking about having the motivation to avoid desserts & get more exercise.
I believe we are unfocused and lack the motivation for a lot of self-care activities. Critical things like:
- Getting enough sleep
- Saying no
- Managing stress
And, likewise, if I can be honest, sometimes I’m unfocused and under-motivated about spending time with the Lord and in the Word.
This self-care problem isn’t new for me; I’ve struggled to take good care of myself through many of my seasons.
I’m a busy wife and working mom who serves and takes care of my family!
However, I never thought about looking at Scriptures about ‘taking care of yourself’.
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But when I became desperate and called out to God, He led me to what the bible says about taking care of yourself.
As a result, now, I do a lot better with my self-care.
To clarify, I use my faith to drive my self-care.
And furthermore, I’m motivated about my self-care! I spend time with God to find the motivation and wisdom to do my self-care.
Spending time with the Lord helps make Him the priority of all – including self-care.
Spending time with the Lord has impacted my self-care in several ways:
- Finding motivation
- Finding time
- Feeling worthy
- Aligning priorities
My life is so different!
I even wrote a book called The Self–care Impact: Motivation and Inspiration for Wellness. And, I also have a FREE 5-day Bible study to give you a small taste of my book at no charge!
To sum it up, we need to keep God’s word in front of us.
Specifically, we need to know bible verses about ‘taking care of yourself’ during our prayer time and throughout our day.
You can focus on your self-care needs, especially after you know what the bible says about self-care.
I want that for you!
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Verses to Help You Focus on Self-care
Here are some tips and bible verses about helping yourself through your self-care.
These verses can help you focus on your self-care, but especially when you’re struggling.
First, find a Quiet Place
- “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” (Luke 5:16). (NLT).
- “So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.” (1 Thessalonians 5:6) (NLT).
I like to start with these verses as a reminder to find a little alone time.
Jesus was awesome at prayer. So if Jesus needed to be alone to speak to God, then you and I probably need to be alone too.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t effectively pray when I’m around a crowd, a loud television, or active kids or pets.
But, we don’t need to go far to find some space alone.
Sometimes we have to be more creative, of course, maybe stay in bed a few minutes in the morning or hide in the bathroom a few extra moments (whatever it takes).
And, while we’d love a full 30-45 minutes of alone time to pray – sometimes an escape for a 5-minute break on a crazy day is enough to achieve an active prayer experience.
Rest in the Lord to Find Strength
- “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'” (Matthew 11:28) (NLT).
- For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)(NLT).
For the longest time, I had the wrong understanding. I thought I had to rest so I could worship and that would make me stronger. That was backward.
Jesus offers rest to us through God’s saving plan for us.
He wants to take our burdens. None of us are perfect, like Jesus. So notice He didn’t say, give me half your load. He didn’t say, “Shape up so you can come to me!” He says I will give you rest.
The rest that Jesus provides is like no rest we can receive here on earth.
In other words, spend more time in the Word; feel more rest.
When you feel rested, you will make healthier and holier self-care choices.
Bible Verses About Taking Care of Your Body
- “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.” (Romans 14:17-18) (NLT)
- “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2) (NLT).
There seems to be a lot of concern about whether self-care interferes with self-denial. To me, there is a difference between self-denial as a Christian and self-denial related to self-care.
We have to deny our old self to carry out Christian values. They lie opposite of each other.
And, there are times when we must deny ourselves a need to fulfill a task or service for the Lord.
However, I believe the Lord expects us to take care of minds, bodies, and souls for the Great Commission. We can’t always be in a state of self-denial, and as I wrote above, our bodies, minds, and souls require the rest of our Father.
People often ask me if I know of any bible verses about helping yourself before others. The bible doesn’t say this phrase specifically, but, I believe we do have guidance through some bible verses about helping ourselves before others.
Scripture tells us to take care of ourselves, but it centers on God, who dwells in our midst (in us) so we are to treat our bodies in a holy and honoring way.
Your Body is the Lord’s Temple
- “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NIV).
We see how we our bodies are part of the church.
When we accept Christ as our savior for dying for our sins, He lives in us as the Holy Spirit and helps us actively live out our faith.
When we sin to or with our body, we are sinning to or with the Lord’s temple. Conversely, it pleases the Lord when we treat or use our bodies righteously.
So, when I consider all of these things, I believe the effort to take care of ourselves before others is related to treating our body like the Lord’s Temple.
- “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT).
In context, this verse applies to sexual immorality. But, I believe it also speaks to the fact that God wants an intimate relationship with us.
Taking care of yourself as a living sacrifice or temple for the Lord places us in a position to have an intimate relationship with the Lord.
Verses to Help you Focus on Self-care and Learn Self-care God’s Way
- “For 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).
- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) (NLT).
- “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” (Proverbs 16:32) (NLT).
- “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) (NLT).
- For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. (Romans 11:34-36) (NLT)
The Lord knows our bodies need proper care to live out our purpose and perform the good works God has waiting for us to do.
When we do not take care of ourselves, whether it be not eating correctly, not spending time with close friends, or getting enough rest, we are not at ‘our best level of wellness’ to serve the Lord.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to miss an opportunity the Lord has already set up for you!
When we let the Lord lead us with our self-care, he can help us supernaturally overcome barriers in our path.
Understand God is Always With You
- “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) (NLT).
As I said, there are days when I’m just not feeling motivated about taking care of myself.
Sometimes I might feel lonely, sad, or anxious.
At times I get overwhelmed just thinking about having to go to the gym or needing to do a hundred things, and somehow I have to take the dogs for a walk too.
But, I am comforted knowing God is with me. When I:
- Feel alone, I know He is there, and I sense His tenderness.
- Am sad, I can be comforted by His presence.
- Am overwhelmed, God cheers me on and helps me see how to take it one step at a time.
Having God with me is what helps me overcome anxiousness, make better choices, and take better care of myself throughout the day.
God Provides Promise Verses to Help You Focus on Self-care
- O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone! (Jeremiah 17:14) (NLT).
- “You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness. (Exodus 23:25) (NLT).
God cares for us completely through the Gospel message.
Through the blood of Jesus, we are healed. God promises to provide for all of our needs.
In closing, it’s true; it’s not easy to focus on self-care with a busy life and schedule.
Thankfully, as with many other topics in the Bible, there are at least 14 Scripture verses to help you focus on self-care.
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