Compliment yourself through self-care

Dr. Asha Fields Brewer

Even though many of us can be accused of brushing off compliments, it doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear them, right? Some people even fish for compliments, enjoying the boost to their self-esteem. If compliments make us feel valued, appreciated, and noticed, then why aren’t we taking the opportunity to compliment ourselves?

We know Ruth as the faithful daughter to Naomi and wife to Boaz. We know Esther as the Queen who saved a nation. Both Ruth’s and Esther’s destinies pivoted when they took some time to focus on self-care and prepare for their purpose. 

Ruth 3:3, ESV, shares, “Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.” From Esther 2:12, ESV, we learn, “Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being 12 months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women…” Esther and Ruth teach us the importance of self-care as a way to compliment yourself and your temple. 

Both women were presented after their period of preparation, purification, and self-care. Ruth presented herself to Boaz after she washed and anointed herself. She was inserted into the family line of King David and even Jesus Christ. Esther presented herself to the king after she anointed herself with oils and spices. She went from being an orphan, to a queen, to saving a nation. 

There will never be time to do everything, only the time to do what matters the most at that moment. Whether it’s a few moments a day, or a few hours a week, we must invest the time to engage in self-care. Amidst a busy schedule, balancing numerous responsibilities, and being the critical piece to a thousand different puzzles, when do you pause to invest in yourself? When do you pause to care for yourself? When do you pause to ensure you are primed for your purpose? 

After all we put these temples through, day-in and day-out, they are beyond deserving of this purposeful pause. Make a habit of pausing to compliment yourself through self-care. We have some freebies to help you start your self-care routine with just five minutes a day. Head to

Dr. Asha Fields Brewer is a creator of healthy conversations. As a national speaker and published author, she teaches the busy and overwhelmed how to live life abundantly. She is the owner of Temple Fit Co. wellness agency, which is home to 25-plus wellness speakers and fitness instructors. Tune in to “Temple Fit Devotions with Dr. Asha” on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on Hallelujah 95.3 FM.

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