Giving Ourselves Permission

A bit of housekeeping for the Hinds Feet book study.  There are a number of you who have not introduced yourself on the study site.  Please do so, so I will know how many of you are attending and have been successfully able to access the site.  If you don’t want to fully introduce yourself, just say, “Hello!”

If you did not receive the intro letter with your username and password, please contact me through this site.  Also, you might want to check your spam folder for the email.  Make sure that encouraging words at me.com is in your address book!

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You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.  Leviticus 19:18

The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39

Seems to me that one of the hardest things there is to do is to give ourselves permission to be nice to ourselves. 

I know that, as Christians, we hear a lot about putting others first, even putting ourselves last.  It can be easy to fall into the “doormat” habit, and barely think of ourselves at all.

I’m not sure that is completely accurate.

Did you know that the phrase “love your neighbor as yourself” appears nine times in the New American Standard Version of the Bible?

Makes me feel like maybe that is an important phrase.

We hear an awful lot about the loving our neighbor part - but not quite as much about “as yourself.”

Do you need to be more loving toward yourself?

I know I do.

I can be so darn hard on myself.

Just this morning, I gave myself permission to take it easy today.  I’ve a list  of things I want to do. I’ve a bunch of “should’s, must’s, and ought to’s” that are nagging at me.

But I’m not feeling up to par.  I’m tired.  It’s been a difficult day so far.

So, I’m going to take my tea, sit in my chair, and rest.

It can be hard to do that.

How many times have you given advice to a friend to do something you won’t do for yourself?

We tell our friends to relax.  We tell them to take it easy.  We tell them to do something nice for themselves. We tell them not to be so hard on themselves.

But we tend not to do that for ourselves.

In order to be in any condition to love others, we need to take that same love and compassion and shower it on ourselves.

Yes, we can go too far with that.  I think that is a big reason why Scripture addresses that.  But many of us with chronic illnesses swing too far the other way and neglect ourselves.

So, what is something nice you can do for yourself today?

Remember, besides God, you are the only person who will be there with you for the rest of your life.

Take good care of that person!

He/she needs love just as much as anyone else!

So that nice thing you wanted to do for yourself?

Why not do it?

(This is NOT giving you license to go rob a bank to buy yourself that diamond necklace you )aw in a jewelry store window!!! Keep God in mind when you choose.)

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The High Places book study starts on January 12!  It’s not too late to join us! 

The site is up and seems to be running well.  If you are one of my test volunteers and have found any problems with the site PLEASE let me know!  I will be sending out usernames and passwords beginning Monday, January 6th.  You’ll have time to introduce yourself (no pressure if you’d rather lurk), and get familiar with the site setup, so come January 12, we can be off and running!

There is still time to join up with those of us who are traveling Much Afraid’s path.  (M.A. is the main character in the story.) Just drop me a note, or leave a comment on the website and let me know you are interested.  Need a book?  They are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.  (Kindle version is $1.99 right now and you can get a free app to read on your phone or computer!)  Need help with the financial part?  Just let me know.  God has taken care of that part, too!

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Pursue the Intentional Life

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