How Moms Get Soul Care All Wrong (And the one best way to get it right!)
by Tricia Goyer
Have you ever been in the middle of a beautiful worship service and wondered what was wrong with you? I sang with the congregation not too long ago, but I felt as if I had a chain-male vest that made it impossible for the beautiful worship lyrics to penetrate my heart. The chains of the vest were ones I’d been constructing for weeks: worries and doubts, weariness and self-pity. It wasn’t until after the time of worship was over that I realized what was truly needed: soul care. I’d been so busy for months trying to take care of others that I had missed the needs of my soul entirely.
Have you ever felt that you were going through the motions with God, and it wasn’t cutting it? Did you see that singing louder or smiling didn’t help? It’s time to unload these burdens onto Him. We don’t need self-care. We need soul care.
When was the last time you cared for your soul? I’m not talking about self-care, where you get a manicure, have coffee with a friend, or read a good book. Soul care goes deeper. Soul care considers our emotions and needs to figure out what’s happening. Soul care pauses to consider what’s going on deep inside and seek God to make your heart happy in the Lord.
While self-care may bring a sense of peace for the day, it’s only through happy hearts and nourished souls that we live thriving lives. Anything less is just going through the motions.
But how do we genuinely care for our souls? We’ll start by looking at how we get soul care wrong and then discover the one right thing that changes everything.