Why Soul-Care is Better than Self-Care

Christian mom caring for her soul by smelling flowers


Self-care buys into the world’s wisdom of putting your needs front and center, but the Bible tells us that true satisfaction and joy only come through Jesus. When motherhood feels overwhelming, instead of adding self-care to your too long to-do list, meet with your Provider-God for soul-care sustenance.

Self-care comes from the attitude of self, of building your kingdom, of idolizing your own needs. Soul-care seeks to know God better through both His Word and His world and humbly accept your human limitations.

Self-care can’t give the kind of life that your weary body truly needs. Jesus calls you to come to Him to learn and rest: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” ( Matthew 11: 28-29). 

If you’re exhausted, your soul will find rest in God alone. If you feel weak, God will be your strength. If your soul is desert-dry, God is the stream of living water. When you feel attacked, God is your refuge. When you lack wisdom, God provides it.

When motherhood is more than you can manage, don’t run to self-care for the break the world says you deserve. Instead, care for your soul by giving it more oxygen from the pure, life-giving breath of God.

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