Even though it’s the middle of summer, I somehow managed to catch a cold. Despite a sore throat and pounding head, I decided on day two of my cold to put in a full day at work, then do a few miles on the treadmill at the gym, and end the day going out with friends. Day three of my cold I was bleary-eyed and probably seemed like I was dragging a black cloud around with me. When I got home that evening (I did skip the gym) my husband gently suggested I take a hot bath and go to bed (even though it was still light outside). For some reason I didn’t argue but just did it. The next day I felt significantly better. Imagine that!

Even though I’m a grown woman, capable of making good decisions, I apparently think pushing myself too hard and burning the candle at both ends is a great idea. And clearly it’s not! In reality I needed someone else to insist that I take care of myself in a sensible manner. My guess is you’re a lot like me! You know what’s going to lead you to burnout and stress and a “black cloud” attitude…but still go down that path.

So today, let me be that friend who insists you take care of yourself in a sensible manner. Take a nap. Go for a leisurely stroll. Say no. Ask for help. You’re worth taking care of!


Amy Nappa, former and much loved Champion for Women’s Ministry at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado.