By Celeste Jacobs-Richards
It is important as we have seen in the previous write ups to implement and addresses practices in the areas of physical and, mental and emotional areas of our lives. Most importantly is our spiritual lives; our personal relationship with Jesus Christ our Saviour. I respect each individuals personal relationship, I do however, think it is necessary to highlight and for us to be reminded occasionally of a few nuggets that would contribute to our spiritual self-care.
We need to spend time daily in the word, The Bible, reading and meditating on it. This will result in transformation of our negative thoughts, to thinking on thoughts that bring life and lead to individuals speaking life giving, faithful words. This will lead us to know who our Abba Father is and who we are in Christ. When we are spiritually strong we manage trials and tribulations in peace, with hope and trusting that Our Lord has an answer and a good plan. As children of the one true God, we are covered, protected, provided for and do not need to live in fear. However, these truths do not become our truths unless we are reading the word and keeping it in our hearts and on our lips. In order for us to be able to engage in the previous coping skills (physical, emotional and mental) it is imperative that we are spiritually connected to our source at all times; the vine needs to be connected to the vinedresser; we need to keep Christ-centered. Where there is hope in Christ we are able to over-come, conquer and walk in victory irrespective of the circumstances that we face; even during the Covid-19 pandemic, we can walk in faith.
Some pointers to stay spiritually strong.
- READ THE BIBLE
- MEDITATE ON THE WORD DAY AND NIGHT
- WORSHIP – IN SONG AND EVERYDAY LIVING.
Overall put first your relationship with Christ and nurture your personal relationship with Him. Acknowledge him in all that you do, are and experience. He is sovereign, faithful when we are faithless and is perfect in all of His ways. He is the way maker; miracle worker and problem solver that we all need.
When we are in right standing with God and walk in obedience we are able to walk in peace, knowing His mercy, grace and favor will chase us down. When we acknowledge Gods undying, reckless love for us, we can be rest assured that we will be strengthened, rejuvenated, restored and able to deal with the pressures of life.
Rest in the Arms of our Father. God was, is and will always be on the throne. I believe for such a time as this (and other times) Psalm 91 is a prayer for self, family, friends, the nation and the world. Read this personalised version of Psalm 91 (PDF).
Take your personal self-care to a healthier level, body, soul and spirit.
Read the full series on COVID-19 (and anytime) Self-Care:
Celeste is a private professional clinical psychologist. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Rhodes University. Celeste joined our faculty in July 2014. She teaches Theories of Counselling and Trauma Counselling. Since 2014 she has been volunteering as a psychotherapist at Elusitsweni (Challenge Ministries Swaziland), a residential home for women with life-controlling habits. She is married and active in her home congregation.