It’s the week before Holy Week. Which means it’s the week before I preach four sermons, lead five worship services, and attend two more. This year, I have brilliantly scheduled or rescheduled events for the first three nights of that crazy week, too.
So, I am daunted. I am tired in advance. I love Holy Week–I love preaching and leading worship and doing ministry with my people–but it is also the most draining week of the year.
Here is how I’m keeping up my strength in this season of holy exhaustion:
Sandwiches for Supper. Last Sunday, Zoe and I took massive naps. We slept until 5 PM, which was glorious, except that I needed to be out the door to confirmation class no later than 5:30 PM. So instead of the black bean tacos I was going to make, we had cheese sandwiches, pickles, and chips. And we loved it!
Exercise! Remember when Mike and I joined Snap Fitness? I am actually going there! And exercising! I’m not very strong, or very fast, and I don’t work out as long as some of the ladies twice my age, but at least I’m moving my body. And as everyone who does this already knows, it feels good and is a great way to start the day. No, there is not a guest blogger today. Why do you ask?
Shoe Shopping. I will be in the big(ger) cities of Hutch and Willmar later this week, which will give me the opportunity to find a new pair of Easter shoes. I’m thinking bright blue or pink or yellow or green. But if you think this means I’m getting rid of my most favorite, most adorable pink heels just because I had a baby and my feet grew half a size, please think again. Yes, I know the baby is almost three years old. Yes, that means I have been wearing those shoes for years and wondering why they’re not as comfortable as they used to be. I know. I know.
The Hunger Games. This movie is playing right here in Litchfield this week, and pending babysitter availability Mike and I are going to see it. I consider it sermon preparation for Good Friday (there is already a book called The Hunger Games and the Gospel: Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God, so clearly I am not reaching too far, or at least not further than someone else already has done). Plus, I really want to see this movie.
What do you do to practice what we in the ministry call “self-care” (and what everyone else calls “being a healthy person”)?