A February Full of Love

So it’s February, the month of love. Also the month my 2 little loves came into the world! (15 in a few days…not so little anymore!) As moms, we spend so much time loving and caring for others, we often forget about loving and caring for ourselves. So this month mamas, let’s focus on loving us! Our primary job as a mom is 24/7. There is no vacation, no time off, no end of the day. Motherhood somedays is a never ending, thankless, no paycheck, kind of job! But, most days, it is the most rewarding job you can ever have!

For whatever reason, in years past our culture and society have made moms feel guilty for doing things for themselves. Be it a girls night out, a mani/pedi, a massage, day at the hair salon, time at your favorite coffee spot. Whatever you choose for your “me” time is not selfish, it is necessary!!! Let me repeat myself, “ME” TIME IS NOT SELFISH, IT IS NECESSARY!!! When you have a jar full of yummy adult beverages, a candy dish, coffee, hot tea, the treat of your choice, if you don’t refill that treat, it’s eventually gone. So when we as wives and moms don’t refill ourselves with self love, how can we be expected to pour love into our families? When we are depleted, we cannot efficiently perform our tasks to love, comfort and care for our people. We must do better to be better. Not only for ourselves, but for our family.

Mental health has taken a serious turn during this time of Covid. People on the whole are reporting more depression than ever before. People are alone, isolated, and longing for connections we used to take for granted. There are no parties, no large gatherings, no nights out, no vacations. This is hard! On all of us.

What is one way you can show some self love today? Today I am choosing to love myself through making healthy food choices. And it helps me love my family better by giving them healthier meals. I have noticed a major difference in my whole attitude when I choose healthy options. Eating healthy does wonders for my mental health. Exercising does too. It helps me accomplish more, want to exercise, (well sort of, but it’s cold!!!) and just helps me be a better me. It helps if I do a little planning ahead, not a ton, but it does help if I plan my meals and exercise time. With a family of 7 it takes a bit more effort on my part, but I want to do better.

Today, I would like to encourage whomever is reading this. Give yourself some love today! Give yourself some grace today! I promise you won’t regret it.

1 Corinthians 16:14 “Do everything in love.”

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By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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