How To Achieve Balance In Your Life

How To Achieve Balance In Your Life

We all know when our lives are out of balance. We can feel it in our bones and see it in our stress levels. This past month, I’ve let myself get out of balance again. I can be on the ball with the homeschooling schedule, but  be behind on my office work.  I can have days where I get lots of work done, but then my daughter feels neglected. I can remember to eat healthy and exercise, but… okay, I haven’t remembered to eat healthy and exercise lately. Sigh. It happens to all of us. So what can we do about it? How do we get in balance? Here are some tips: Define what needs to balance -Remember that we are not just physical beings. We have a spiritual side, an emotional side, and an intellectual side. Remember to include all these areas when trying to balance. For me, a balanced life includes time with God, time with my family and friends, homeschooling, office work, writing, housekeeping, eating healthy and exercising. Take some time right now to make a list of your own priorities. Take a second look at your list – How long is it? You can’t balance 30 apples on a scale that is meant to hold 20. Don’t be afraid to cut some things out. Minimalism runs deeper than just getting rid of your things. Bring it to God – This could easily be the first point. Commit your lives to Him and let Him lead you. He will show you what needs to be balanced and what needs to go. Start Your Mornings Right –...
7 Ways To Stop Time From Flying By

7 Ways To Stop Time From Flying By

Time flies. Kids grow up so quickly. Summer vacation went by fast. We’ve all felt it. We’ve all uttered the phrases. But is it true? How can time seem to go faster as you get older, when 24 hours is the same today as it was 50 years ago? Here are 7 ways to help time slow down: 1. Stop wishing for the next big thing – Many hours are lost because we’re plodding ahead, counting down the days until the next vacation, until Christmas, until the kids are out of the house, until retirement. When we’re constantly thinking of what’s ahead, we miss what’s in the ‘now’. 2. Focus – Part of the reason time flies is because we are split into so many different directions. We live in an age where we are bombarded with constant interruption. Telephones, texts, e-mails, advertisements – a bazillion things vie for our attention. The more we can learn to set aside interruptions and focus on the task at hand, the more productive we will be in life. This includes work, rest, family time and God time. When you are supposed to be there for something, really make an effort to be there with your whole mind, body and spirit. 3. Start the day right – I’m a firm believer that how you spend the first hour after you wake sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you’re rushed and busy – the rest of your day will follow suit. Likewise if you’re relaxed and focussed. 4. Guard your tongue – Words bring life. If you’re constantly talking about...
The Morning Secret That Can Change Your Whole Life

The Morning Secret That Can Change Your Whole Life

What does your typical day yield for you? Stress? Anxiety? Lack of motivation? Procrastination? I think most of us suffer from all of the above, but our hearts long to have a day filled with peace, joy and the ability to focus and work efficiently. So what’s the secret? How do you transition from chaos to serenity? The answer is simpler than you may think… Yesterday, I had the privilege of hearing a speaker from Gospel for Asia at a church I’ve never attended before. I’d been looking forward to this event all week. Unfortunately, Husband and I woke late. I rushed to shower, rushed to get dressed, rushed through breakfast and scrambled into the car. Then we sped down the highway to get to the service on time. And the anxiety set in. My heart was beating harder than it should have. The fast images of trees and cars passing by the windshield hurt my eyes and added to the panic. Upon arriving at the church, we entered the dark sanctuary with the first song already playing. The stage was lit with blue lights reflecting off squares of white boards and the music was a full-on band with electric guitars and loud drums. I’m not opposed to full-band style worship – but at that moment, my anxiety continued to build. I had to look away from the stage as the lights and busy atmosphere added to my distress. The music pounded in my head and I was not able to worship. And I spent the rest of the day trying to bring the anxiety down and fighting off...