Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Life In Balance And Self Control

Having balance is something I believe most of us have trouble with or have had trouble with. There is so much going on in our busy lives. When we can't make an event, answer a phone call or even return one it is because we are so busy. The kids need to be at some sort of after school activity, you need to start dinner, make appointments, take care of hubby, and maybe get some school work done,church is tonight and so on.  I struggled with a  long time with having balance. I got everything I needed to get done but almost everytime I spent too much time on one activity and caused other things to be delayed and therefore spent all day and night getting things done. There was no balance. Kids wanted more time, husband wanted more time, I wanted more time for myself and it just was not happening the way i wanted it to be. If I did this activity I would have to give up that and if I did this my husband is going to be upset because I have not spent time with him and it left me resentful of things and people because I felt like they were taking up the time I wanted for me.

 I had to realize that God wants us to have balance.  I have to pray every morning that God orders my day because if not I will be out of balance.  I had to also realize that somethings can wait! yes I said it, they can wait! Not everything has to be done right then and there.  Some women feel that if everything is not done that day the world is going to end.  I used to be that way.  If my entire house was not cleaned from top to bottom each night I would not be able to sleep.  no matter what time it would be I would clean the house top to bottom even if that meant going to bed at 2am.  I also realized that my lack of balance meant that I did not possess the fruits of the spirit. 

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

If you can think to how you act, your attitude and your thoughts when you are busy and things are not in balance are you walking in love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control?

when I got revelation of being out of control and out of balance and knowing I was not walking in the frutis of the spirit I began to repent with weeping and I had a strong desire to have my life in balance through the strenght of God.  This verse goes on to say: Galatians 5:24 "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires".  If you are used to living a life out of balance and lacking self control you need to crucify the flesh daily.  Wake up crucifying the flesh desire to live in chaos to have so many things to do that it is impossible for you to get all that done in one days time.  The devil used to convince me that I needed to do 15 things in a day knowing that it was impossible for me to getthose things done and still spend time with kids, husband, and to rest.  But I would still try and get them done anyway and by the time I finished what I could I was so tired, fustrated, angry and moody that I was just no fun to be around.

That was not the life God wanted for me.  I thought If I was busy and getting things done that it was good.  Not knowing that getting things done and being misrable was not the results I needed.  I started studying scripture that helped me realize God's way, the way he wanted me to go about things.  I now do the things I have to do with peace, and self control because I know if it does not get done, its okay.  He said to only worry about today because the next day has enough trouble of its own Matthew 6:33-34. I no longer pile of todays stuff with tomorrow's stuff that produces unstable wavering back and fouth.  The bible says that a person that is like that should not think he will receive anything from him.  If I feel myself getting too overwhelmed I listen to a tape, CD, or recite scripture so I wont get in a unbalanced state.  I make sure I am consious of sepnding the proper amount of time on things.  There is no right or wrong time to spend time with God but it is a good idea to give him the first fruits of your morning before you start your day so he can lead you and direct your day and path.  This also helps with balance because you have already received a word from him concering your day.

Prayer

Father I thank you that you have given me the ability to do things for you, my family and myself.  I ask that you order my days, I ask that you help me to balance out my daily activites so that I can walk in the fruits of the spirt. show me through your word how I can begin to walk in a life that is balanced and fully of joy, peace, love, and self control. Help me to say yes at the right time and say no at the right time.  I ask all of this in your precious Son Jesus Christ Name Amen.

Scriptures that will help you with this message
Ecc 3:1-8
Matthew 6:33-34
Phillipians 4:8
Ephesians 5:15
1Cor 10:13
2Timothy 2:15
1 peter 5:7

This is a wonderful book to read about having a balanced life in perspective.  This novel is written by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford

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