This is a bit round about, but bear with me. The Generous Wife is about learning to bless your spouse. However, it’s hard to give out to your husband when you are tired, worn and spent yourself. So taking care of yourself then is a part of the generous equation.
The last couple of days I attended a Women of Faith conference. I laughed, I clapped, I cried, I sang, I listened … I learned (I heard some amazing stories, was blessing by singers, musicians and a lovely actress) and heard from God big time. I also hung out with some friends. We shared, ate burgers and just generally played (you have not lived until you have heard Steph sing “I’ve got a brand new pair of roller skates”). We all seemed to need the girl time.
Though I am currently in a chaotic season in my life (lots of changes and responsibilities piled on responsibilities), I am refreshed. The conference couldn’t have come at a better time for me. It helped me calm down on the inside, rest and laugh (oh, so needed), and find balance in the Lord.
Tip: Look for opportunities to care for yourself. You need quiet time, friend time, couple time, personal time, etc. Yes, I know some seasons are more challenging that others, you just have to get a bit more creative and lean on others when you can (it’s also helpful to simplify your life a bit and learn to appropriately say “yes” and “no” – thank you Patsy Clairmont). You are important and your needs are legitimate. Don’t neglect yourself. And, if there is opportunity, I encourage y’all to attend a Women of Faith conference.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be generous! Lori <><