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Is Self-Care Selfish, or is it a Sacred Duty?

by | May 17, 2019 | Expert Interviews, Flying Free Podcast, Learning, Rebuilding, Survivor Identity | 2 comments

What exactly is self-care, and why is it important? Is self-care selfish, as so many Christians seem to think? In this episode, Natalie talks with Sarah McDugal about why self-care is actually a sacred duty.

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Sarah is an author, speaker, and abuse recovery coach who works exclusively with female survivors of abuse in the faith community. She offers online coaching for both groups and individuals, available internationally, for women recovering from abuse. She also conducts training events for churches and organizations on how to recognize and respond to abuse, as well as inspirational events focused on God’s love and healing for women and teen girls.

Sarah is the author of ONE FACE: Shed the Mask, Own Your Values, and Lead Wisely.

You can find Sarah on her website:, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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  1. Deborah Brill

    I’m a woman of Faith, married to a man who is not a Christian. We’ve been together for 13 years but it took me SO LONG to see that he is incredibly emotionally and verbally abusive. I’m so thankful to have found your podcast because facing the fact that my marriage might have to end made me so afraid that I was letting God down and my church family may or may not be supportive of me if I leave the marriage. Your podcast is opening my eyes and giving me strength that I need desperately! I’m still struggling to decide when/if I’m leaving because when he is nice for just a few minutes, that hope is reignited that he might change, and our house might finally be the home full of love that I always wanted it to be. At other times, however, he is calling my daughters morons, dumba$$, and the like. Everyone in the house is always trying so hard to not make him mad or get in trouble. He is constantly yelling and criticizing and if anyone has something to say, he only gets louder until they stop talking. I just listened to episode 20 and realized that even when he’s on his best behavior, there has never been such a thing as mutuality within our relationship. I just wanted to thank you for your podcast; it’s a huge blessing in my life to not feel totally alone.

    • Natalie Hoffman

      I’m so sorry for the pain you are in. You may also benefit from reading Is It Me? Making Sense of Your Confusing Marriage. You can get the first three chapters free by signing up on the top of this website. (((HUGS)))


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