Soul-Care is different than Self-Care

A stream leads into a village with clean and clear water. Up in the hills lived a man who was the keeper of the stream.  He kept it clean by removing the trash and fallen branches for the stream.  Honestly, most of his work was unseen.  The town decides to budget cut and this man is let go.  Now the stream was left unattended and branches fell and blocked the flow.  No one noticed immediately in town but over time, the water became dirty and people in town were getting sick.

 “The life of the village depended on the stream, and the life of the stream depended on the keeper. The Stream is Your Soul.  And You are the Keeper!” 

This quote is from John Ortberg’s book, *Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You.  On the Depth podcast, Karen Ehman shared this was one of her life changing books, so I could not wait to read it.  Friends, it has so much depth to it!  I highly recommend it.

“Soul-Care” is different than “Self-Care.” 

Self-Care is taking care of your body by eating healthy and exercising.  Maybe scheduling time to connect with friends or a long hot bubble bath helps free your mind.  Slowing down and taking care of yourself is important.  But as I started to read this book, I realized that “soul-care” is just as important.

In the book, John shares a story where he had hit a low.  He had become increasingly frustrated and impatient, so he drove out to see Dallas Willard, his mentor.  John says, “I was operating on the unspoken assumption that my inner world would be filled with life, peace, and joy once my external world was perfect.”

How many of us have done this same thing?  We think that once our external circumstances slow down or the stresses of life are gone than we can have peace and joy.

I love the advice his mentor shares, “You must arrange your days so that you are experiencing deep contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday life with God.”

Being with God is what brings life and joy to our soul.  

John begins each day with a challenge called the Soul Experiment: “How many moments of my life today can I fill with conscious awareness of and surrender to God’s presence?” 

Friends, let’s exercise some “Soul-Care” and do the Soul Experiment today! 

Remember “The Stream is Your Soul.  And You are the Keeper!” 

Love, Jodi

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Jodi Rosser is passionate about sharing God’s truth with others through her book ministry. “We lose ourselves in books; we find ourselves there too.” This quote is hanging on a sign in Jodi’s favorite room in her house, the library. As she walked through the greatest heartbreaks in her life, books have played a significant part in her healing.

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