1. “Balance is measured by levels of peace and joy instead of number of items crossed off the to-do list.” That is exactly how to measure it. You go, girl!

  2. I believe you’ve beautifully nailed the reality of “balance”, as it pertains to the dynamic, interactive, fluid, flexible, morphing, continually developing and redeveloping roles each of us finds ourself in. Like you suggested, it seems we have to continually readjust the fulcrum under our balancing platform to reflect, and to better deal with, the different responsibilties for which we rely upon God to guide/steer us through, while in this present existance.

    Like you said, balance is a thing. Just like the peace that passes all understanding is a thing.

    When we don’t fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, we continue to make our wants known to God, then God’s peace which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
    Then we’ll be in balance, right?
    You are a blessing, Sandy. May God continue to bless you in all you do!

  3. I totally get this. It’s like my friend who can’t stand all the “Love Yourself” messages everywhere. Including in some Christian media. She rants No Where In The Bible Does It Say Love Yourself! It Says Love God and Love Your Neighbor! She’s pretty passionate about it. But not all the messages are talking about the same self love that she’s talking about. The put yourself first and be selfish and look out for number one self love. Lots are talking about taking care of your physical and mental and spiritual health so you can be everything you can to those who need you and the work God calls you to. Which is ironic, cause my friend – she’s really good at that. She gets up early to spend time with God, knows her limits and knows when she needs a break, eats well and discusses her mental health regularly with her doctor. She’s great at that definition of self love.
    With all messages everywhere all the time, we need to be careful how the writer/blogger/poster/talker/etc is defining the topic vs how we define it. It can totally change the meaning of what we are hearing.

    Oh – and on another note – if you ever decide to hire a virtual assistant, call me 🙂

    1. I’ve been thinking about the “Love Yourself” message ever since I read this comment. The Bible says in Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.” Just my opinion, but the “as yourself” part of that commandment implies that we need to love ourselves. But I agree with your friend that, much like the concept of balance, it is not explicitly stated and we can only infer it from the larger themes in scripture.

      And, for real, you will be the first person I call when the time comes to hire an assistant. I’d love to work with you. 🙂

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