There is so much to say about this devo— so many topics that I can apply to my own life here.
Women do have this tendency to take on way too much and I am completely guilty of this, don’t believe me ask Sean, and I know it when I agree to do it. I think it all goes back to parent pleasing. When we are growing up, we are taught that if we please our parents our life will go smoother. Then school, please the teachers and your days are much easier. Work just continues the pattern and at times, our spouses and children keep this pattern going on for what seems like the rest of the life. Please everyone and life goes smoother and everyone is happy. So, it’s almost a natural extension to lump God in with the rest of the people in our life.
I think that’s where our problem starts, we lump him in that little God box and think the same way that if we can please him by doing everything that anyone asks of us. Good service and being helpful and having a loving attitude and all of that jazz. Problem is, that is not what he wants, he wants us to live with him, through him, let him live through us. He wants us to take time to read his words and just enjoy the world that he created for us!
Now, for the hard part, finding that balance. I certainly do not have it. I remember last night, I finally stopped around 845pm and looked at my husband and said that I felt like I had been going since I got home. After I said that I realized that is exactly what I had been doing. I get home around 6pm and then it’s straight into the supper, check homework, get clothes ready for school and work, bath and bedtimes. And often times, there is a load of clothes or something from the store that has to be gotten. So, I’m really clueless on finding the balance.
Anyone have any ideas on how to find the balance?
This is the advice from the devo:
Now It’s Your Turn
- Set aside 30 minutes this week to spend alone with God.
- Examine your life for areas that are out of balance.
- Record each area in your journal.
- Surrender that unbalanced area to God and ask Him to show you how to abide in Him instead of relying upon yourself and your own strength.
- Set aside one day this month for a silent retreat. Go to the beach – a park – or even your back yard! Just get alone with God and take a spiritual inventory of your priorities, time management and goals. The results may surprise you.
I’m going to try it and see how it goes. Now, if I can get my husband and children to let me be while I try this….
Asking God “Why”…. there are times when we have all done this and I’m sure still will be in the future. Especially people who like to have things all planned out and set, do not always appreciate the little surprises that God throws out. And we want to know “Why”
He definitely has his reasons for everything that we are going through and even for the emotions that we are feeling. There is something that he is trying to lead us to, or to teach us or even just show us about ourselves, our situation or our place in the world.
This verse speaks the most to me today,
No matter what we have gone through or what we will go through in the future, God promises: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand: “ (Isaiah 41:10).
Whenever I think of all the things in my life that I have gone through, I am amazed at how some of them have turned out and know that could only be because of God’s hand being on me at that time. That he was leading me to where he wanted me to be and trying to shape me, even while I was fighting him and trying to keep control for myself. I can only give my everlasting thanks to him for keeping me during those struggles.
What are you struggling with right now? Do you need prayers? Email me, I might be one person, but I will pray for you.