Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Balance

  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.
Proverbs 11:1

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!

Thanks for reading!
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3 comments:

  1. Great devotion darling. Ministry work is never balanced because being a Pastors wife your sweet husband could get called out at any time. 2 salaries is a must now. So different than when I was raising you. Life is busier than it ever has been before but also I look at the fact that time is shorter than it has ever been before. Jesus is coming soon! People need Jesus and our deepest heart desire is to lead people to Jesus!!!! If it makes you feel any better....your middle sister is having her "big" yard sale this weekend. I worked, went straight there, didn't eat supper and crawled into the bed at 11:45. It is 5:22 AM as I write this reply. THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH :) Maybe next week we will have more balance :) I adore you!!! Pamela Britt Malone

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  2. Mary Catherine, I love you! I'm sorry that I left you taking up my slack! But you've helped me more than I can explain and so much more than I deserved! I had let myself get in a place where I didn't feel right about talking to others about their walk with God because mine was not going so well. Thank you for giving me the time I needed to drench myself in the Word and in prayer so that I am now back in a place where I feel good about sharing devotional; biblical advice and encouragement with other people! I am finally feeling some balance again in my life! I've been starting my days with prayer and reading the Word and just spending time with God! It's making everything better! My spirit is getting stronger, praise God! I'll have you a couple of devos by the end the week. Great devotion! You're so right! Thank you for being a faithful servant and a loyal vessel!

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  3. Love you to Chassidy! Not a problem at all! Glad your back! :)

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