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Powerful Words: Nurture

For the past 4 weeks I’ve been doing a “series” of posts unpacking the word …R.E.F.I.N.E.  If you’re new to the site or just jumping in, you can start from the beginning with week 1 and the word: Renew ::: Week 2 Encourage ::: Week 3 Fulfill ::: Week 4 Inspire.  Today…

N is for: NURTURE

This word sounds so “motherly” and soothing.  To me it sounds like a resting place, a safe place — a BIG warm embrace.

The dictionary’s definition of nurture is: to feed and protect. To support and encourage. To bring up; train; educate.

There are countless things in each of our lives that need our attention and our nurturing.  So, SO, often we find ourselves sowing into the many things around us and nurturing everybody else that we forget…

…our lives need nurturing too.

Our whole being, our six areas of personal perspective {emotional, spiritual, financial, health & wellness, relationships, and professional} ALL need development, nourishment.  We need care. discipline. sustenance. <– YES we need these things too!  It is important that we recognize the value and the “life” that is ignited in ourselves when we take ourselves off the back-burner and stop neglecting the truth that we are important and have needs that need nurturing.

It is our responsibility to incorporate methods and systems into our days that nurture us, mind, body, spirit.  If we do this, our time will expand and we will gain a new perspective that allows us to accomplish much more…

…we can nurture our minds with great thoughts.

It is important that we surround ourselves with people who build us up, speak truth into our lives, challenge us and help us to flourish, grow…

…relationships stay healthy when the individuals nurture themselves.

We are all gifted, but we have to discover the gift, uncover the gift, nurture and develop the gift and use it for the Glory of God.  If our focus is set primarily upon others, we lose opportunities to become who we were created to be.  It is not selfish to pursue the desires God has planted in our hearts.  It’s an act of obedience and a living out of our faith to pursue His plan and purpose…

…we are His hands and feet equipped to further the Kingdom when we nurture our gifts.

“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and adventure to discover our own special light.” - Mary Dunbar

We don’t need to go far and spend a lot of money to find ways to nurture our own lives.  What we need to overcome is the lie that many believe — my needs are not important — and understand this is up to us to implement, no one else can ensure we are getting the proper nourishment we need to thrive.

Question:  Do you think it’s important to ensure your life is being nurtured?  Who’s responsibility is it to nurture your life?  How do you invite nurturing into your day, every day — do you?  Share your answer by clicking here.


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Teri is a writer, speaker, and sought-after personal growth expert. She enjoys running and taking pictures. Great conversations while sipping coffee and soaking up as many sunsets as she can, make her tick. She's passionate about helping others; an encourager and a cheerleader to many. Teri lives a joy-filled life deeply devoted to her husband, her two boys, and her relationship with God.
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  1. Holly says:

    I enjoy my daily readings with you. I was wondering if you had any specific scriptures that support your Nurture inspirational writing from yesterday? I am quite neglectful of my needs especially with four young children. I would love to read and print out specific scripture that will help remind me to nurture myself and be able to pray about it.

    1. Teri says:

      Holly, the two simple scriptures that come to my mind are “Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 < -- BE STILL...we need to take time to quiet our hearts and our minds. I find myself asking the Lord frequently to open my eyes to see the opportunities available to me to do this. When I am still, I can hear His sweet sweet voice and see the many blessings in the simple. This is nurturing...

      The other scripture is a command, found several places throughout the Bible {Mark 12:30-31} --> LOVE your neighbor AS YOURSELF <– this is crucial. It doesn’t say love your neighbor MORE than yourself. It doesn’t say put all your wants, needs, desires on the back burner and treat others better than you do yourself. My consistent prayer is, “Father, I am your beloved daughter, show me how to love myself better so I can love others around me to the fullest as you would want me to love.” He will show us in our full lives if we seek FIRST HIS Kingdom and righteousness. =)

      Thank YOU for your encouraging words and for sharing your comment! I hope my response was helpful. =)

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