The devotional “Why Withdrawing Can Be a Healthy Step When Coping With Illness” by Lisa Copen hit a spot with many of you.
Lisa writes, “And what if we feel guilty about withdrawing in order to grow close to God? That is Satan telling us lies: ‘Real Christians should be able to connect with God anywhere, any time,’ he says. ‘You are being selfish asking for that time to yourself. Your family needs you. You already spent time today ‘resting’ and now you need time to be with God. A good parent wouldn’t put her kids last.'”
Teresa shares. . .
“I have that little voice too-and it’s SO hard to not believe what it tells you. I don’t know why, but with all the people out there that call us lazy and crazy, I think we are actually the one’s who treat ourselves the worst! Trying to hear God’s still small voice against the clamor of everyone and everything else is a much needed goal. That’s why I loved this devotion so much! It was like God was giving me permission to treat myself nicely. If we are to love others as we love ourselves-we need to love ourselves. Makes sense when you stop and think about it:)
And our selected gift bag recipient, for June 20-26th, Vicky, shares. . .
How awesome and true is that? I think that God wants us at our best as much as we can be. This means we NEED time to stop and regroup. We need time to meditate, pray and rest. Even if it means withdrawing, he knows what we need and sometimes peace is exactly that very thing. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m new to the site and I really like it here. God Bless, Vicky
What signs do you see in your own life that make you realize you need to “withdraw” a bit and spend some quiet time away from the expectations and scheduling of others?