To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Balance. I think this is something we all struggle with. You might not even recognize it, but it is the root of a lot of common problems.When there is no balance to your life it causes so much stress, anxiety, worry, and strife. I am sitting here typing this devotion at 10:30 PM. I haven't even taken off my work clothes yet. I didn't eat dinner till after 8:00 PM. My 2 year old child just got put to bed by Daddy because I'm busy on the computer. I worked all day. Came home worked a little more. Went to the grocery store. Came back home. Cooked dinner. Bathed the baby. Ate dinner finally. Sat down to work on my side job around 9:00 PM. And, of course I'm still on the computer. I desperately need balance in my life.
Have you ever set and thought about what balance you need in your life to bring you the most peace? I started thinking about this about a year ago. When I feel my most balanced is this: house a little clean (doesn't have to be spotless but clean enough I don't feel constantly overwhelmed), working my normal job on schedule, going to church every time it's opened, second job work under control (maybe not all finished but have a grasp on it!), in good communication terms with the hubby, praying every day (specific prayer not just my plead the blood of Jesus prayer routine), deeper (making notes in my actual Bible) Bible study at least 2 times a week, impromptu Bible reading daily, my child bathed every day and feed (sometimes its the small things :)), no dishes in the sink, laundry caught up (just kidding! when would that ever happen? not an overwhelming pile is more like it!), meals somewhat planned for the week, and being able to spend some quality time with my little boy and husband. Not too much to ask for huh? It actually is a lot. And, this is what I need to feel "balanced" it doesn't even scratch the service of my average "to do today" list.
Life is busy. Way busier than what we actually have time to accomplish. It's hard. I want to encourage you to try and find balance in your everyday lives. I realize this might open a can of worms, but have you actually ever thought about what you need to feel balance? Pray about it! God loves balance! It will make you feel better and even give you opportunity to make sure you have a good balance of spirituality verses worldliness. Well you really don't want a balance there. You want more God in your lives than you do worldliness! This process of thought will help you accomplish that!
"Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring (in fierce hunger), seeking someone to seize upon and devour." 1 Peter 5:8
When we have no balance in our lives it opens the door in our spiritual lives for a possible attack of the enemy. It's his golden opportunity to sneak in. We have to find balance.
Dishonest scales are detestable to the Lord, but an accurate weight is His delight.
Let's be honest with ourselves and with God today about our "weight" in our lives. Let's weigh everything out and make a plan of action for balance. It will delight Him!!
It is now 11:00 PM. I am going to finally change clothes and get in the bed. I'll then wake up in the AM and do it all over again. Hopefully this time I kind find a little more balance!
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