Pouring from an empty cup is impossible.” How many of us have heard this type of saying before?
The whole point of this phrase is to say, before you give of yourself to the service of others and even to your own tasks, you must make sure you are filled with enough energy to do what is being asked of you.
We must let go of the internal fear of “If I go to sleep, x, y, and z will never get done.” Daughter of God, your wellbeing matters to your heavenly father.
Sis, I’ve gone days, months, and even years with just running on the drops of water that I could muster to make it to class on time, turn in my assignments, meet up with a friend, and/or call family…all while attempting to squeeze God somewhere in that packed day.
What if we could actually go through this life hydrated? Hydrated with the strength of God to accomplish our to-dos. We must realize that we can work until the bottom of that cup is breaking into pieces, simply because we chose to run ourselves DRY.
There is a dryness we can feel if we go without the grace of God to sustain us and help us.
Rest matters. Work matters. Our lives must be weaved with both work and rest. In this fearlessness season, I challenge you to look for ways to put rest into your work day.
A verse in Psalm 42:1 reminds me of the part of me that needs to always be filled by God DAILY: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”
Here are strategies to make sure you are filled, to then pour out into your day:
Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.
Eat servings of 2-3 fruits and 2-3 vegetables daily.
Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
Do routine check-ins with yourself on how you are feeling and what your thoughts are.
Go into prayer and fasting.
Speak kindly and honestly with yourself. You are what you think as well. A kind mind will allow for beautiful actions.
Incorporating things that need to get done with your day (meetings) and things that refuel you for your day (nap, exercise,etc)!
Get some water, sis!
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”- Alan Cohen
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