by Shellie R. Warren
"Now when the turn of each maiden came to go in
to King Ahasuerus, after the regulations for the women had
been carried out for twelve months--since this was the regular
period for their beauty treatments, six months with oil
of myrrh and six months with sweet spices and perfumes and
the things for the purifying of the women..." ---Esther
"Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness
of a friend's counsel that comes from the heart." ---Proverbs
I know this "Good Morning" may be a little---well,
different, but I still feel it needs be said. Of all the
people I know, I can count on one hand the ones who take
time to actually nurture themselves and due to the fact
that we are all children of the King, I think that is pretty
As I was looking for Scriptures to support this point,
these were the two Scriptures that instantly came to mind.
Although I know and respect that there are various views
and interpretations of Scripture, I personally believe that
God inspired the teachings of the entire Bible---the Old
and the New Testament.
Which brings me to a custom that I believe we should still
uphold today. PAMPERING. I think sometimes we focus so much
on humility that we think that means we must sacrifice self-confidence
and taking care of ourselves internally as well as externally.
This can't be so, can it? How could it be?
When we make references to I Corinthians (6:19), that our
bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so often we use
this to support why we shouldn't drink, why we shouldn't
smoke---why we shouldn't partake in any activities that
would damage our physical health, but often we do not use
this in reference of taking care our emotional and mental
well-being. As I am slowly but surely beginning to take
care of myself---to pamper myself, I am realizing that the
two indeed go hand in hand.
Sure the definition of pampering---to treat with excessive
indulgence; to gratify---can initially make one feel a little
uncomfortable. How can we focus so much on giving to others
and yet, be willing to give to ourselves as well? How can
pampering ourselves do anything for our spirituality? Well,
a quote that I found today, I think will help articulate
When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence,
it may be that they take better care of it there. ~Cecil
"When the grass looks greener on the other side of
the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there."
Whoa! It definitely gives a different perspective on things,
doesn't it? I'll give you an example:
Yesterday, I was watching a program on television and a
picture of Janet Jackson came up. I instantly felt envious.
And perhaps not for reasons you think. Sure, she is beautiful
but I can finally say after years of not saying it, that
so am I. No, I was envious of something she had, that (and
this is key to the root of a lot of envy) I too could have
if I took better care of myself. I was wanting her abs.
They are unbelievable!
Now, there used to be a time when I had those abs---or
at least something very similar, with seemingly very little
effort. But then the writing career set in...and being over
25 set in, slower metabolism settled in as well. So, now
in order to obtain those abs, I have to do what I should
have been doing all along. I have to make time for myself,
I have to exercise.