{Balancing It All Out}


Welcome back!!! We have been going through the book study : {THE RESOLUTION REVOLUTION for Women} by Priscilla Shirer. It’s the women’s version of {THE RESOLUTION for Men} from the makers of the movie, Courageous. {<—- click here for my Movie Review}. image

It’s part of a book club I do with a couple of friends. If you are interested in going through this book with me, feel free to join me here on {In Pursuit} where I will share with you some of what I’ve been reading and learning. This book can be purchased online or through your local Christian book store.

Chapter 1, Contentment, can be reviewed {here}.

Chapter 2, The Secret, can be reviewed {here}


{The Balancing Point}

As women, we have so many responsibilities. There are so many areas we have to take care of; so many hats we wear each day. From the moment we wake up to the moment we lay our heads on the pillow, someone is pulling on us. So how do balance it all out?

There must be a balancing point.

When all that sits in front of you is a stack of dishes, a pile of unpaid bills, or children bickering back and forth… what do you do?

Could we really choose contentment in that moment? Could we really find God’s grace in the middle of the every-day-stuff? Or do we choose to gripe about what we don’t have, what we haven’t accomplished, where we wish we could be?

The Balancing Point is that place between where you are and where you ‘wish’ you’d be. It’s finding purpose in your today while you await patiently for God’s promises to unfold in your life. It’s about being present here. Being present now.

Present in that kitchen with those dirty dishes- thankful that your family had something to eat today.

Present in front of the pile of bills- thankful that you have a roof over your head and hot water to bathe in.

Present in that room with your bickering children- thankful that God’s chosen you to teach, lead, and guide these children.

The Balancing Point… it’s the place where you choose to look at the roles you play in life and ask yourself, “why exactly am I doing this?”

Why do you hang out with the people you do? Why are you a part of so many clubs? Why do you put so much pressure on yourself to live a spotless and perfect life? Why are your children a part of every single event out there? Why? Why to all the things you do… Why to all the things that consume your every day… Why?

The prudent carefully consider their steps.

(Proverbs 14: 15)

Perhaps your lack of contentment has to do with all the things you have taken upon yourself. Looking at your list of to-do’s, who’s putting the pressure on you? Is it others? Is it God? Or is it you?

This week, we talked about the stress, the fatigue (emotionally, spiritually, and mentally) that a young wife and mother go through. This week we realized that much of the discontentment in our lives rises up from lives needing to be aligned to God’s purpose and will. Much of the chaos is as a result of not (in my very good friend’s words)… using the tools already in our tool boxes.

{Let’s try this…}

So today, I challenge you (along with us), to pause. Proverbs says that the prudent carefully consider their steps. So why walk around aimlessly? Take out a notebook paper and join us with these two exercises.

  • On a notebook page write down all the hats your wear…. wife, mom, car pool driver, leader, coach, PTA parent, whatever… then next to it, write down who’s pressured you to take that role. You, others, or God? If you have many roles on there that are not aligned with God’s plan for your life then it’s time to re-evaluate. It’s time to start prioritizing and it may very well be time to start getting rid of some of those ‘hats’.
  • Next, on the back of that paper write down the categories in your life such as: Relationship with God, Marriage, Children, Ministry, Home, Finances, Education… Leave 3-4 lines between each category. Then take these to the Lord in prayer. Ask for strategies and clarity of mind. Then sit with that list and begin to write the strategies God gives you (or has already given you) which would immediately bring about change in each area. An example for me would be: CATEGORY: Home Management- (STRATEGY)Meal plan. If I create a meal plan I will save time (and money). I will waste less food. Sitting down and doing this one thing would dramatically change things in our home. I know because I’ve done it. I simply need consistency in this area.

Alright, now it’s your turn. The Balancing Point is a place you will encounter over and over again. Taking the time to ponder your steps, will provide more stability in your life. It will help you to continuously re-focus and align yourself to God’s purpose and will for your life.

Remember…. this is an assignment that you can’t do on your own. It will require prayer, time in the word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit! Be encouraged though, you too can find contentment in the here and now!

I want to hear from you. Leave me your comments and let me know how this worked out for you!!

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Posted on March 14, 2012, in BIBLE READING, BOOK CLUB, DEVOTIONALS, LIFE, LIFE LESSONS, SPIRITUAL GROWTH, THE RESOLUTION REVOLUTION and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I gotta invest in this book!

    • Rachel it is awesome!! And you’ve only read what I’ve written. She tears it up in the book. I would love for you to go through the study with us. And as you can see, it is convenient. I post on Saturday mornings and then you go through and join the conversation as you have time. We have a Resolution Book Study facebook page to help us keep the conversation going through the week.
      It really has sooo much good stuff!

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