Monday, January 12, 2015

Don't forget your oxygen mask

When my oldest was a baby, we lived in New York.  My husband and I are both from Texas and our little one was the first grandchild on both sides.  Needless to say, we flew home a LOT!!

Every time we flew, the flight attendants made sure I knew that if there was an emergency I needed to put my oxygen mask on before putting a mask on my little one.  Thankfully, I never had to experience this for real!

Because of all the flying we did, I adopted the phrase, "Put your oxygen mask on first".  When I am speaking to new mamas, worn out friends, or even myself I use this phrase.

We cannot be at our best if we feel depleted and lack the fuel we need to operate.  On a plane, lack of oxygen will cause us to pass out and eventually die.  In life, lack of care for ourselves will cause  burnout, depression, anxiety, and lots and lots of stress.

Often times, we feel guilty and/or selfish if we take time for ourselves.  We carry around the mentality that we have to be super people who give, give, give and never relax.  In our world if someone is not a super achiever, they are labeled a slacker.  Thankfully, that is not God's label.  He created rest and desires for us to use it.  He knows that without some rest and rejuvenation, we will not be on our game.

God did not create us to save the world.  He did not create us to fix everything, solve everything, and be everything to people.  We will never be difference makers if we fail to take care of the person God created us to be.

Putting on your oxygen mask will ensure that your heart and head are well rested.  You will feel revived and refreshed.  There is no shame in needing your oxygen mask!

Individual oxygen masks look different for each person. 

For me, I like to wake before my family and have quiet time with Jesus.  Also, it helps me to read at least one chapter of a book each day.  This reading can occur anytime throughout the day.  It is soothing for my soul to steal away and get lost in a book.

My husband's oxygen mask consist of quiet time alone doing yard work.  It is so soothing to him and allows his mind to be refreshed.

No matter what your oxygen mask looks like, don't be ashamed to admit you need it and use it. 


  1. Amen, amen, and amen! Marci, you have taught a valuable lesson, my friend, a lesson I must remember. Thank you for the wisdom.... Happy Monday :) Hugs!

  2. Hello Marci,
    My sweet daughter, Stephanie, over at the enchanting rose sent me over to meet you.
    She thought I would enjoy this post, and she was very right!
    I appreciated the way you expressed using our oxygen mask and how each mask is different for everyone.
    It was as if this post was written for me. :-)
    Over the last few months I have been extremely busy with my aged parents giving of myself and time and forgetting I too need to look after my my own well being.
    Thank you for this beautifully written reminder.
    Have a blessed day!

    Joy to you!

  3. What a great post! It really goes with what I am learning(again) today- that I need to put Jesus first! Then everything flows so much better. So my oxygen mask would be my quiet time with Jesus as well. God bless you sweet lady! Lisa :O)

  4. Great post, and very thought provoking! Keep up the good work!
    Have a blessed day!

  5. Hi Marci.
    I'm visiting from Stephanie's Link Party. I love your concept of the oxygen mask! Makes perfect sense to me! God bless you today and always! I know He does!

  6. Thank you for sharing this "mama-wisdom" with us. It's such a blessing to visit your blog :)

  7. I've been so encouraged by reading some wonderful posts today. Yours is one of them.

  8. This post is like "a breath of fresh air." Reading your posts is often my oxygen mask these days. It just calms my soul. I can be a pretty uptight person feeling like I have to finish everything before I can relax. I know I need to slow down and rest but it is so hard. I am trying though! :-)

  9. Hi Marci! I love the oxygen mask part in "Mom's Night Out." Such a cute movie. We all definitely need our own moment for self and composure.
    Thank you for your refreshing post!

  10. In this fast paced world it is all too easy to put others first and forget to look after ourselves.
    An apt post for the beginning of a new year.



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