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Archive for June 14th, 2014

Dear Friends,

Today I want to share about life balance because we keep forgetting about how important it is to keep it on a daily basis. Every time someone asks us to do something new, another meeting, another task or commitment, it could be the one thing that tips us over to be out of balance.

Because I am passionate about helping non-profit organizations –especially those who are doing the God’s work in the world and truly changing people’s lives—I struggle to choose which organizations to work with. In addition to time, I also struggle with the financial part. They all need money to fund their causes and since I have limited resources, how am I to choose? What I’ve been doing is praying about these choices and asking God to give me direction as to where to spend my time and money. I encourage you to do the same and wait on God to direct your steps.

The devotional I chose to share with you today is from my book, Devotions for Working Women. It reminded me to strive for balance in the three key areas of my life: physical, emotional, and spiritual. I hope it will encourage you to seek God to help you balance your life in all the various aspects.

Balancing Your Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Life Is Crucial

Isaiah 40:29 (NLT)

He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.

 

How often do you feel tired, worn out, and weak? This would be a great verse to memorize and repeat on those days. We all experience physical, emotional, and spiritual weariness in our lives. Some days we may just be physically tired, but we move on because we are not mentally or spiritually exhausted. Those times we just need to rest, go to bed earlier that night, take a break from work, or simply change activities.

Dealing with emotional weariness is more difficult because when we are emotionally exhausted, it also affects our physical well-being. In those times, we also need to rest, do some exercise to relieve the stress, and spend time with the Lord. Just being in His presence will refresh our minds.

Spiritual burnout is the most dangerous because when we stop fighting in the spirit, everything else stops and dies away. Remember, we are first of all spiritual beings that live in a human body. Just as our body needs rest and food, our spirit does too. If we are spiritually starving, we will die spiritually.

We must avoid burnout in any area, but most importantly, we must avoid it in these three areas (physical, emotional, and spiritual) at the same time. In order to avoid that situation, we must have balance in our lives. Balance starts with a daily prayer asking the Lord to help us balance that day—one day at a time.

Put God in control of your life—every area and every moment. Spend time with Him. He yearns for that time. You will then be refreshed in every area. “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (v. 31).

 

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