Don’t be afraid to encourage yourself. By nature women are nurturers, but at times we don’t seem to know how to nurture ourselves. When we have something we deeply care about we are often willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the well being of the thing. If it means staying up late, talking for hours, missing work, and/or missing a meal we do it without regret. Why are we willing to make these sacrifices for others and not for ourselves? Maybe the sacrifices we make for others fulfill the emptiness in our very being. I do believe we were put on this earth to serve others, but the reverse is also true. Others were put on this earth to serve us. However, the reverse does not always happen. During these times it is important that we learn how to encourage ourselves. I know you’ve given so much and you expect the same in return, but life is not fair. Life is full of bumps and curves. The successful person will learn how to maneuver through life obstacles. Ralph Waldo Emerson eloquently said, “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” Encourage yourself by speaking words of life to dead and/or lonely situations. You will have what you say. “Life and death is in the power of your own tongue and those that love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) Often we attempt to encourage ourselves through things and people, but ultimately things and people won’t bring lasting satisfaction. Your sustained contentment, peace, inner rest, and joy start within. Let the Spirit of God refresh you and fill every empty void in your being. From a spiritual perspective this site provides helpful biblical principles for self encouragement (http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/encourage-yourself-in-the-Lord.htm). Start by saying something such as, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I expect to see the goodness of God in my life today.”
Letatia Long is the founder of Time of Refreshing Ministries (http://refreshlifecoaching.com) that provides spiritual life coaching for those desiring to move from point A to point B. Letatia enjoys writing, Zumba, and traveling.