Kristen Welch
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Kristen writes at her parenting blog, We Are THAT Family and is author of Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Safe Sparkly Faith is No Longer Enough and founder of The Mercy House. Follow Kristen on twitter as @WeareTHATfamily.

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  1. Today, I need to remember that I am not alone. I need to recognize that I’ve been trying to do things myself for too long and it’s okay to admit to Him that I need His help.

  2. I just said last night that a hot bath may very solve 78.3% of the world’s problems…or at least of this woman’s problems. I agree with you whole heartedly! We have to take care of ourselves and fill our selves up before we can give to others! It’s so easy to forget that! Thank you for reminding me!

  3. I really really need to start exercising agian. I know I need to take better care of myself, but I ususally get up out of bed and get the day going, which doesn’t include an appointment with the treadmill.
    My plan for the summer is to incorporate more activity into what we do. I just hope the plans work out.

  4. This whole post was right on… loved the line “it bares mentioning”, like someone else noticed and commented.
    I wonder if “everyone” is going through something of this sort. I needed to read your post today….and take these words to heart. (It seems to reflect a bit of what I wrote about today, too.)

  5. Oh, I am so struggling with this very topic lately. Especially as we approach the quickly approaching summer break when both of my kids are home all day with me. I so badly want to make the most of my time with them. But I also need to make the most of my time with my Lord. And with myself.
    Thank you for the refreshing reminder.
    p.s. Thanks for making me laugh, too. 🙂

  6. Yep – I had a friend that this happened to TWICE! And she used staples temporarily to get the seams back together.
    Just a few weeks ago, I was getting into my van in an old pair of pants, and somehow, some fabric got caught on a lever and it ripped a HUMONGOUS gash in the seat of my pants as I moved to sit in the driver’s seat. I still had my daughter to pick up at school, and at my mother in law’s… Wow – TOTALLY embarrassing!!!

  7. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor???
    Best life lessons happen when we can laugh too!

  8. Great, funny post! I love the reminder that sometimes the best things we as mothers can do is care for ourselves. It may feel selfish, but it is so true that if we aren’t healthy and our cups aren’t full, we don’t have much to give those around us. Brilliant reminder. Thanks. 🙂

  9. Thanks for the reminder! I’ve been saying this very thing to myself -both on the physical part and the sleep parts especially. I started working a few weeks ago on getting in better shape and getting to bed earlier/up earlier. Did well for awhile, but I’ve slacked off in the last week or two and I’m feeling it, both in my physical response and my heightened level of agitation and lack of engagement with my kids. (they’re 5 1/2 & 2)It’s funny how it’s about THEM, but you have to also be attentive to YOURSELF in order to do that. I suppose it’s all in the perspective, right?! Selfish vs. servant…