Archive for December, 2010

December 8, 2010

Without A Word – Book Club Question #5

Found the book a very moving experience. I am interested in knowing how you balance everything in your life now — public appearances, getting the girls off to school, the girls missing school to be part of the public appearances, spending time with Jim and most of all having time to spend alone to recharge?

~Mary Ann

I laughed when I read this question from Mary Ann.

Finding balance is an every day challenge.  In fact, I think it’s safe to assume that we all have a laundry list of places we need to be and things we have to do.  If we’re not careful the cares of this world and the, “To do list” in front of us can take precedence over what’s most important in this life.

I don’t have this all figured out—not even close.

There are days when I think to myself, “Just forget it, I can’t do this.”

Truth is, I can’t do it.

I need help.

I’m a work in progress for sure.

I need direction and guidance.

I need boundaries and people in my life to help me keep them.

Of all the intimate relationships that I have, my relationship with Christ must come first.  I guard and protect my “quiet time” with the Lord—or using Mary Ann’s words “having time to spend alone to recharge”. I need Jesus.  Spending time with Him in prayer and Bible reading is my greatest need and joy.  I absolutely love Jim and my three children more than words can say and spending time with them is something I cherish, need, and always make time for.  But, my relationship with the One who knows me like no other must come first.  He is life to me.  All of the other relationships I have will fall apart if my relationship with Him is not my first and greatest priority.  He must be my first love!

This is not always easy.

I need help and so I ask for it.

There’s no doubt that I cannot do this on my own.  I’m certain of my need for guidance and wisdom as well as patience and everything else.  God is the supplier of all our needs and we can rest knowing that His well of sufficiency will not run dry.  He is the only one able to make grace abound in the midst of our circumstances.  He takes care of the balancing act of life.

But, here’s the thing, He must come first.

In my experience, when He’s leading and I’m following (or clinging to Him for dear life) I’m okay.  In fact, despite whatever it is I’m going through, I’m better than okay—I’m safe in His arms.  He’s got my back and my “to do list.”   He sees the big picture and knows the intimate and timely details of life.  My times are in His hands.  When I don’t know what to do—He does.

And so I ask you this very question, How do you balance everything in your life now?