self-care

The Price of Friendship

The price of friendship is the total surrender of yourself; no lesser kindness, no ordinary attentions and offerings will buy it. Henry David Thoreau When my daughter was in 1st grade, she would come home and declare she had a new best friend about once a month. I would ask for the details and she would report, “I met her today and now we are best friends.” If only it were that easy. [Read more...]

Say What You Need to Say

Say What You Need to Say is part of an ongoing series, Portrait of a Godly Wife. Several years ago, a repeating scene played out at our home almost every week. My husband would ask if I minded if he played tennis. Being the godly, submissive wife, I almost always said yes. While he was away I would brew and stew about it. Didn’t he realize I needed time out? Didn’t he know that I needed him [Read more...]

Self-Care Without Guilt

The back of my mind is a busy place. I bet yours is, too. No matter what I am doing, there is a list of things running around back there, jumping up and down, begging for my attention. Those little things jump higher and yell louder if I am doing something for me. Like an angry mob, they join forces and chant one word that causes me to question the validity of my choice for self-care: [Read more...]