This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too!
March 21: Refresh (Chapter Eleven)
Don’t think balance will happen overnight—or even over an eleven-day challenge. It takes practice, and practice takes time. Spend a few minutes reviewing what you’ve learned throughout this challenge and what you hope to continue implementing in your life. Then blog about how you can keep persevering and working toward balance after the challenge has ended. Share encouragement for those who might feel they’ve failed at balance.
I am grateful to Tricia Goyer for writing Balanced and for inviting me to join in this eleven-day challenge. All good “balancers” need to have a set schedule; yet, be flexible when items on our “to-do” list interfere with the needs of those most important to us! This is a list of the areas in which I intend to focus as I continue my ongoing pursuit of being Balanced in my life 🙂
- Always take time for adoration and gratitude to the Lord, regardless of the form it takes (prayer, devotion, journaling, meditation) every single day.
- Focus on the Task at Hand
- I need to make sure that when I’m with the kids, my husband, and family that I’m completely with them. If we are spending time together I need to shut off my phone, walk away from the computer, and put down that book that I’m reviewing.
- Be Flexible
- Know that if something just isn’t working or isn’t getting done that it’s not the end of the world. God knows best and if I put my trust in him it will work out the way He intended.
- Worry Less
- God has this and all I can do is “Do What I Can.”
- Don’t Let the Negative Pull Me Down
- Our loved ones can be a huge support, but if they are having a bad day it doesn’t mean I have to have a bad day too. Try to pull them up, rather than letting them pull me down.
If I am on the right path I know that God will support me, guide me, and never ask me to turn my back on my family to get the necessary tasks accomplished! The correct path will still have struggles, but it is the journey that is the most important, not the end destination. God wants me to follow my passion and give through my gifts. My current season of life requires that my children and marriage take up most of my time and my writing and other career objectives need to take a backseat to the immediate and constant needs of my family. This doesn’t mean I need to give up my career goals, but I do need to be realistic about what I can accomplish and not set myself up for failure. Thank you God for making me a Mother, Wife, Daughter, Caregiver, and Friend. I dedicate my life and all my life’s works to you!
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,