The Daily Word - GENTLENESS - Monday, January 31, 2011

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I treat myself with gentleness.
A newborn baby needs gentle and tender care--a soft hug, a soothing touch, a cozy blanket. A crying baby calms as his or her needs are met. As a child of God, I treat myself gently and tenderly. If I feel overwhelmed or anxious, I see myself as a tiny newborn or an innocent child, and I gently ask, "What do I need?"

Perhaps I need a short break, something to eat or a catnap. I may need a walk outside to stretch my legs, a conversation with a friend, or a few moments in the silence where I can feel God's gentle presence enfolding me.

Taking time to be gentle with myself shows that I value myself. I am a precious child of God, worthy of love and care.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.--Matthew 11:29