Showing Self-Compassion 7: Sunday Selah

Showing Self-Compassion Day 7: Sunday Selah When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34, ESV) When we think of compassion, we naturally turn our thoughts toward the Lord Jesus. If ever there was an example of compassion, it is our Savior, which He so perfectly displayed for…

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Showing Self-Compassion 6: Weekly Thoughts

Showing Self-Compassion Day 6: Weekly Thoughts Sharon Snooks How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! (Psalm 139:17,18, NLT) Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. (Isaiah 43:4, ESV) The LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness.…

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Showing Self-Compassion 5: My Experience with Self-Compassion and Cancer

Showing Self-Compassion Day 5: My Experience with Self-Compassion and Cancer Sharon Snooks Self-compassion, the ability to be with yourself in your pain and suffering, was a real personal challenge when I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. I have had plenty of opportunities to practice self-compassion throughout my years of managing chronic migraines. However, on July 29, 2020, I received my shocking diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer, a life-threatening illness that was…

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Showing Self-Compassion 4: Inner Mindfulness

Showing Self-Compassion Day 4: Inner Mindfulness Sharon Snooks This series has been given the title of showing self-compassion, but when I first considered self-compassion as a concept, I was very hesitant because of the word “self.” I wanted to guard against being too self-focused. As I learned more about self-compassion, I quickly understood that having self-compassion has the opposite effect and ends up causing us to focus more on the Lord and His…

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Showing Self-Compassion 3: Common Humanity

Showing Self-Compassion Day 3: Common Humanity Sharon Snooks In the first two articles on self-compassion, I provided a definition and shared that self-compassion has three elements: self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness. I described how self-kindness is needed over self-judgment, mindfulness is the ability to stay in the present moment, and common humanity is the realization that suffering is universal and something all of us experience. In this article I am going to…

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Showing Self-Compassion 2: Recognizing Self-Judgment

Showing Self-Compassion Day 2: Recognizing Self-Judgment Sharon Snooks  Yesterday, I provided a simple definition of self-compassion as the ability to be with yourself in your pain and suffering. It is the same warmth and care that you have for others directed toward yourself. I further expanded it for a Christian, adding that it is taking in God’s compassion for yourself. Compassion is something that He freely offers to us. “It is because of…

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Showing Self-Compassion 1: Self-Kindness

Showing Self-Compassion Day 1: Self-Kindness Sharon Snooks What is your self-talk like when you make a mistake or say the wrong thing? What about when you keep struggling with the same thing, and you look around at others and they seem to be so good at what you struggle with? When you arrive at an event and notice that some of the people look more put together than you, what do you…

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