1. Sandy,

    Thank you for this post and I look forward to reading more in this series as you unpack the balancing basics. I have times when I do really good with balance and then there are times when I just don't do good at all. Like you said, "For me, being off balance keeps me from hearing God’s voice. When I can’t hear His voice, I can’t do His will. And, voila…I’m ineffective." This is so true Sister! Thanks for always sharing truth with us!

    Blessings to you and your family!

  2. This is such a great idea–I love it! I'd have to say that living this busy, American life is what throws me out of whack. I let everything else crowd in until, sometimes, God seems like He's just waiting on the sidelines for me to notice Him.

  3. Your timing is perfect! My life felt completely out of balance at the beginning of this year. As always I prayed about what I should give up for Lent, what would draw me closer to God? The answer came…Television. My children were mortified…how would I ever be able to survive if I gave that up!?!? That's a whole other story, suffice to say that to me the answer made perfect sense. However during the first two weeks of Lent, life was never more out of balance! It took me a day or so to really see clearly, and you are right, Satan is not creative, just clever. He through more disguised distractions my way until I was so out-of-balance and feeling and out-of-control that I was overwhelmed and barely able to function. Drawing closer to God really made me Satan's target…. I focused on "greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world" this totally strengthened me, centered my focus and resolve and my balance is being restored as I had hoped. All this to answer your question of what hinders me in living a balanced life: Satan takes any little opening and just storms through my life and run amucks leaving his wake behind and me wondering what just happened if I am not carefully centered and focused on Christ. This will be a great series.

  4. I wrote a post last year or the year before that was a picture of plate juggling…i'm familiar with the juggle!! can't wait to learn with ya!! not much news as of yet…xoxo

  5. I require a certain amount of quiet in my life ~ especially if I can have an hour or two in the morning to read, pray, think and drink tea. If I have too many days without that, I start to feel very out of balance. I am new to your site and look forward to this series.

  6. It seems I came just in time for this series. The first of the year always throws me off kilter: taxes, FAFSA, tuition payments (big ones) for college, have I mentioned taxes? My health issues also seem to rear its ugly head around this time. Hmmmm, stress = health issues. You think they could be related? 🙂

    I am looking forward to visiting more often.

  7. Yes, we all need God´s perfect balance in our lives. It´s key. I pray for it alot. a calm, a peace, organization without stress, a meekness, they only come when my heart is in tune with Him. It´s so vital.

    Ok.. going to practice what we preach. =)

    Dani Joy

  8. Sounds like a great series Sandy. I'm actually in a bible study right now and the title of the study is "Discovering Balance" (or something very similar!). This has been SUCH a struggle for me, especially with children and I think you are ABSOLUTELY right…it becomes oppressive and that is not where God intends us to be…Looking forward to your insights…this message seems to be everywhere in my life right now…funny how that works!!

    All that said, food for thought…one of my bible study gals read a devotional to us at bible study yesterday that said the following…"God does not desire our lives to be in balance, but actually out of balance…with our efforts towards seeking him first and doing his will outweighing all of the other stuff in our lives…" an interesting mental picture…and something I'm still wrapping my head around!

    look forward to reading more!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.