Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s a part of our health & wellness. Here are 5 Bible verses to help you focus on self-care.
As life gets busier and busier, it gets harder and harder to take care of ourselves.
But, honestly, some days I’m just not feeling it – no matter how ‘unbusy’ I might be.
And, I’m not just talking about ‘eating right & exercise.’
I tend to skip getting enough sleep, saying no when I should, and managing my stress. And, it’s probably evident that sometimes I also skip spending time in the Word. So I made a list of 5 ‘key’ verses to use during my prayer time.
And, I made you a printable too! You can get a FREE copy at the end of this post.
This problem of poor self-care isn’t new for me; I’ve struggled to take good care of myself many times.
But eventually, God led me to study self-care in Scripture. I learned about faith-driven self-care, and I do a lot better with my self-care.
That’s a great story – how I learned about faith-driven self-care. But, the quick explanation is that it’s how I remember to spend time with God.
Spending time with the Lord helps to make Him the priority of all of my life – including surrendering my self-care.
5 Verses to Help Your Focus on Your Self-care
These particular verses help me focus on self-care when I’m struggling.
Find a Quiet Place
- “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” (Luke 5:16). (NLT).
I like to start with this verse to help me remember to find a little alone time. Jesus was pretty good at prayer. So if he 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. I don’t need to go far though – to find some alone time.
Sometimes I have to be more creative, of course, maybe I stay in bed a few minutes in the morning or hide in the bathroom a few extra moments (whatever it takes).
While I’d love a full 30-45 minutes of alone time to pray – sometimes an escape for a 5-minute break is enough to achieve an active prayer experience.
- “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).
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. Spend more time in the Word; feel more rest.
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).
In context, this type of verse applies to sexual immorality. But, it also speaks to the fact that God wanted an intimate relationship with us. So 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.
Verses to Help you Focus on Self-care – Your Purpose
- “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).
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, 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!
God is With You
- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) (NIV).
As I said, there are days when I’m just not feeling it. 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.
But, I am comforted knowing God is with me.
When I feel alone, I know He is there, and I sense His tenderness.
When I am sad, I can be comforted by His presence.
When I 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.
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 5 Scripture verses to help you focus on self-care.