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It isn't about how fast you live. It's about how well you live. -Rick Warren.pngOur lives may be off-balance, out of balance or even hang in the balance. We may be overworked, overwrought, and overcommited. Still we slide into the pew on Sunday, paste on our best imitation-of-an-I’ve-got-it-together-grin and pretend everything about our lives is just as it should be.

Never mind that our calendar is overloaded by children’s activities. Regardless of whether or not the door into our home seems more like a turnstile than a gateway to a welcoming environment. No matter the debt threatening to overwhelm the last of the savings, the constant demand of technology to work off-hours and all hours, or the level of information vying for our attention, increasing worry and eliciting stress.

Perhaps we are known as the human race because we refuse to slow down. We take on the next project, person, or problem without considering the limiting measures in each of our lives--time and… Click To Tweet

Perhaps we are known as the human race because we refuse to slow down. We take on the next project, person, or problem without considering two significant limiting measures in each of our lives.

Time and talent.

Limited by Time

Scripture reminds us, “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” (Job 14:5 NIV)

And, “…let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” (Romans 12:5 MSG)

Why the limits when we strive, strain and struggle to be productive? To do ministry. To serve, supply and support.

God knows our hearts are vulnerable. After all, how many of us have bought into the lie that doing equates living? That accomplishing equates worth? That production equates … Click To Tweet

Because God knows our hearts are vulnerable. After all, how many of us have bought into the lie that doing equates living? That accomplishing equates worth? That production equates perfection?

When our calendars lack white space, our time and resources are given over by default to that which might be good, but may not be the best. What is it that we’ve inadvertently exchanged for involvement in the pursuit of online connection, appearances, or the-ever-challenging-issue-of-pleasing-others?

Perhaps we neglect our physical health. We allow ourselves less sleep, work longer hours and eat breakfast leftovers from our toddler’s high chair tray.

Some of us shrug off the state of our emotions–certain we’ll address those inconvenient needs when its necessary. Meanwhile we’re bombarded by Pinterest perfection and false Facebook connections. The news assaults us with its relentless reports of terrorism and trafficking, disaster and death. We begin to wonder if the next generation of people will be able to change anything.

Others of us struggle to maintain our spiritual health. Church becomes another necessary activity that crowds a full week. Prayer becomes more penance than priority. Time in His presence suggests our absence in another area of life and worry wedges its way into our thoughts despite best efforts.

Limited by Talent

As a young college woman, I enrolled in Introductory Art. Though I made multiple attempts at creating a still life art piece with chalk, I failed miserably. Despite my best efforts to sketch a self-portrait, I drew instead something akin to The Scream. A diligent student, I lacked any talent for sketching–despite my optimistic outlook and my professors patient coaching.

The Father did not create each of us to possess the same skills or talents. We are designed to be people who need.People who need each other.People who need a Helper.People who need… Click To Tweet

The Father did not create each of us to possess the same skills or talents. We are designed to be people who need.

People who need each other.

People who need a Helper.

People who need Jesus.

In being incomplete, unable or ill-equipped we begin to perceive the importance of the Church. Of the Holy Spirit. Of Jesus’ perfect love, peace and mercy.

Friends, we will never be the perfect wife, mother, or woman. He has limited our natural abilities in order that we might rely on Him–the Almighty who is the “one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all.” (Ephesians 4:6 MSG)

Can I share a personal struggle? Maintaining balance is a challenge for me. It may be difficult for you, too. But the truth is that an over-the-top, out-of-balance life is not just unhealthy, it is unholy. Psalm 127:2 explains, “It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?”

Our time and talents may limit us, but He is limitless. We can rely on Him to meet the needs of our dear ones. To attend to the smallest detail of our lives. To pour Himself out for us when we have nothing left to give. And because of His inexhaustible power, we can rest in peace.Let's choose the best rather than the extraneous and living instead of busyness.#noteverythingisprofitable#choosethebest#notjustbusyness Click To Tweet

Can we agree to set aside our burdens today? To meet with the Master? To prioritize and analyze? Let’s choose the best rather than the extraneous and living instead of busyness.

Grace and peace,

Tammy

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save the date.pngAs a little girl, I was enthralled by tight rope walkers. The thrum, thrum, thrum in my ears nearly matched the staccato of the drum roll as the circus performer scampered with seeming ease from one end of the wire other to the other.

There, a woman climbed upon the man’s shoulders and then stood–her sequined costume winking beneath the spotlights. Fixing his gaze on what lay ahead, the man’s slippered feet danced deftly across the cable until both he and his passenger were safely delivered to the opposing platform.

Like the tightrope walker, there have been times when I’ve felt as if my life has balanced precariously on a thread. When obligations, expectations and unwelcome revelations continued to pile themselves one atop the other until I began listing from side to side, my attention wandering from the Point of it all to the distraction of that day or month or year.

In a world crowded by to-do lists and text messages, Facebook feeds and Pinterest perfection, parenting guilt and I've-got-this-grit, many of us stumble across the tight rope wondering when we'll lose our footing. Click To Tweet

In a world crowded by to-do lists and text messages, Facebook feeds and Pinterest perfection, parenting guilt and I’ve-got-this-grit, many of us stumble across the tight rope wondering when we’ll lose our footing. Slip off the side. Drop that something or someone who relies on us to keep moving forward.

And our lives become unsettled. Unsteady. Unbalanced.

With all of the demands of the family, church and world how can we possibly maintain healthy balance?

Like the man on the wire, we must keep our eyes fixed on the One who guides us from point to point Click To Tweet.

Like the man on the wire, we must keep our eyes fixed on the One who guides us from point to point. The Shepherd who leads us through the dark valley to the mountaintop. The Light who illuminates the way when we’ve lost the ability to go on in our own strength and realize the depth of our need for Him.

It isn’t easy. Our world is one of unending needs and unmet demands, but unless and until our lives spill over with Christ will we be able to offer our lives as a willing sacrifice for His glory.

Then, we will begin to realize that some burdens are His alone, others are gifts meant to be shouldered with Christ, and many aren’t intended for us at all.

Finding balance in an unbalanced world is all about fixing our eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (MSG)

My prayer for today? May we each put Him first as we step forward in faith. Amen

Blessings,

Tammy

P.S. I’ve created a sweet little bookmark to remind us of the most important part of living a balanced life–seeking Him. You can download it here. Monochrome Leaves Coloring Bookmark

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I didn’t meet a single writing goal this week. Am I disappointed? Definitely. Frustrated? Yes. Rested? Refreshingly so.

My dog’s sharp Feed me! yelp and a painful twinge in my neck greeted me Monday morning. Sighing, I slipped from bed into the regular morning routine—spending a few quiet moments in prayer before taming my bedhead and hustling out the door for work. Before long, a headache invited itself to the “she’s-worn-out-and-needs-to-slow-down-party” and became a permanent resident for the better part of the week.

My response? I s-l-o-w-e-d down. A lot.
Hurting and desperate for relief I took a muscle relaxant. I spent the rare hour with a massage therapist. No change.

The only alternative? Sleep. And a lot of it—my pre-teen tucked me in instead of the other way around.

And this morning? I awakened with something rarely experienced in my not-a-morning-person experience—yes, a smile. I felt good bordering on great.

What a glorious sensation!

For years, I’ve joked that I’m a Type B person living like a Type A. My joy comes not from doing, but in being….in experiencing…in dreaming and this week I’ve been reminded of who God created me to be—someone who requires quiet. Time for reflection. Moments to rest.

Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirrst (3)Even the do-ers in the crowd need rest. You know who I’m talking about–the people with an overabundance of energy, drive, and focus–the ones who attack the checklist with a vengeance and cram a week’s worth of tasks into one day. People like my husband or co-worker who seem to thrive on caffeine and just the idea of busy. But, even the industrious let’s-get-‘er-done types need to step down from the frantic pace and—well, breathe.

Whether you’re a Type A imposter or someone who borders on workaholic, remember the all-powerful Creator sanctioned a time for rest—not because He needed refreshment, but because His knew people would.

If you, dear Friend, are caught up in a season of endless busyness, maybe it’s time to put some of your burden down and exchange it for rest. Time spent in the presence of Eternal Refreshment. A few hours invested in family and friends. And, possibly, a night or two of indulging your body with the often-denied-but-much-needed sleep.

Maybe you’ll wake up with a smile, too.

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