Soul Health for Moms: 26 Ways to Nourish Your Needy Soul

There they were, showing up faithfully night after night…

Moms, devoting their time and energy to Vacation Bible School, to someone else’s children. Exhausted though they were from their own daily mom duties.

Moms, standing in the VBS registration line, weary from the day. Relieved for a couple of hours respite.

Moms, hovering by the door, praying this would be the night their child would let go and stay. Frazzled as they turned to go, child still on hip.

Each evening, each mom – a reminder that (1) being a mom isn’t for sissies, (2) the summer months can be hard , (3) the health of a mama’s soul can be easily overlooked.

Before another summer day gets away from you, Breathe and do something for the health of your soul. Yes, sweet mama, it’s that important!

26 Ways to Nourish Your Soul

AAsk for help when it’s needed
BBegin each day with God – in prayer, reading His Word, or simply in stillness
C – Avoid the comparison trap (refuse to compare yourself with others whether real or fictional)
DDevelop a lifestyle of blessing others – with your time, talents, hobbies, words, money
EEstablish a plan for your soul’s nourishment – prioritize it, predetermine a consistent time, prepare ahead, set up a physical space, make a plan for what your kids will do, break it up over time, make it portable (take it with you)
FFill your home and your mind with God’s Word – read it, write it, memorize it, decorate your home with it, discuss it with your children
G – Practice gratitude
HHold in respect the value of accountability – enlist an accountability partner or two
IInvest time and energy into your marriage – designed by God, and our highest priority after our relationship with Him
J – Choose to be joyful
KKeep God #1 – amid the busyness and demands of this life season

LListen to a podcast or sermon
MMove your body, get the blood flowing
N – Take a nap (or at least get a few minutes rest)
OOvertake negative thoughts by speaking God’s truth to yourself
PPray: breath prayers throughout the day, as you are doing household chores, when thoughts/people come to mind, with your kids
QQuit trying to go it alone – made for community and in deep need of at least 1 soul friend with whom we can be truly and safely honest, find this friend and nurture the relationship
RRead the Bible, even if all you have is 5 minutes
S – Set aside some time for silence and solitude
TTurn up the praise and worship music – dance, sing, belt it out
UUtter, aloud – read the Bible out loud, pray out loud, speak Bible truth to yourself out loud (While I do not engage in talking directly with Satan, I do believe there is power in talking out loud so he can hear it.)
VVolunteer
W – Go for a walk
XeXamine your motives – duty or love? performance driven or heart-felt response?
YYield your perfectionistic tendencies and impossibly high expectations of what things should look like – extend grace to yourself and allow for adjustments in this season (shorter amount of time in Bible reading/prayer, Bible reading/prayer spread out over time, done at a different time of day, done with your children)
ZZap the amount of time spent on social media


Soul Nourishment: Satisfying Our Deep Longing for God is a gentle reminder of the importance of soul care. It is also a handbook for today’s busy woman – filled with a multitude of easy, ready-to-use resources to bring refreshment on the journey. This 2-color book offers a multitude of ways to intentionally nourish and care for our soul including: prayer practices, using scripture, building relationships, listening & solitude.

Available through Warner Press

11 comments on “Soul Health for Moms: 26 Ways to Nourish Your Needy Soul

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this, Deborah! and love you too!

  2. I love the acrostic! I pinned it and will share it on my other social media accounts shortly.

  3. I love this list, Deborah. Every one of them is so important. So clever of you to come up with one for each letter of the alphabet!

  4. I love the way you used the alphabet and made 26 points Deborah—26 GOOD points!

    Pinned and Tweeted.

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  5. It’s so easy to lose ourselves as moms. I’ve been working on not doing it alone. This list is amazing!

    • Brittany, Thank you for the encouragement. Sounds like you are working on two of the most difficult (in my book) – A and Q!

  6. These are all great ideas! Letter E has been key in my own life!

    • Sarah, thank you for sharing. I must agree that no matter my season of life, letter E has been key! I’d love to hear if you have any great tips to share on following through with letter E!

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