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Finding Balance

Finding Balance

By Danae Templeton

The demands of life scream for our attention, demanding that we take care of them all at once.  There are dishes, laundry, church, job, family, husband, kids, friends, studies, volunteering, crises, finances, health, and/or relationships to tend to. You might be juggling some combination of these, or all of the above, or even more. The pressure is on to achieve more, manage more, and just have more in our lives, even if we already can’t handle what’s on our plate.

So, how do you manage it all? How do you go about finding balance? You always imagine that things will slow down after this week, or this month, or this year, but it never does. There is always something going on. How do we find time for it all, not to mention pursuing God and taking care of ourselves?

You have probably seen the illustration with a large jar, golf balls, marbles, and sand. The idea is that when we put the most important things in life (represented by the golf balls) first, then second priority (marbles) next, then the least important (sand) last, then things have a way of fitting a lot better into our given time (jar). As C.S. Lewis said, “Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth 'thrown in': aim at Earth and you will get neither.”

This illustration is helpful to a certain extent, but how do we determine what are the most important aspects of our lives at any given time? Is it fixed, always direct, like “God, family, church” or “God, job, family,” or the other way around?

Perhaps the idea is not a strict hierarchy. Our identities are first in Christ, and everything flows from that. If that is the case, then our only goal is to follow the will of God from day to day. He may want us to have a different priority for a season, and we have to know Him better in order to determine His plan.


Listen to the Spirit and enjoy these articles compiled for you by Just Between Us, as different women tackle the subject of finding balance in their own lives and the lives of those they love.


How do we go about finding balance in life; handling all that culture throws at us and responding correctly? How do we live “in the world and not of it”? Read more

Health

We really must invest in self-care, in our own soul and our own growth. If we want our families to thrive, let’s bless our own hearts and learn to thrive too! Read more

Life

With life’s hectic pace and demands, we often end up running on empty. Learn to incorporate life-giving practices and find a balance to help keep you whole. Read more

Finding Balance

Almost every year the recommendations for healthy living change. To find a healthy balance, here are three ways to filter through the latest wellness claims. Read more

Health

Do you ever wish you had a time machine to add minutes to your day? Here are four ways to get control of your time and tame the calendar monster. Read more

Stress

Do your different paces as a couple challenge or complement your marriage? How do you find balance between underachieving and burning out? Read more

Relationships

Current culture places little value on rest. Busyness is the norm. Yet, it's not possible to lead a meaningful, abundant life while perpetually on autopilot. Read more

Finding Balance

Finding balance isn’t about having a well-maintained calendar, it is about caring for all the parts of you. Read more

Finding Balance

In church leadership, can you balance ministry and family? Applying this one principle makes it possible. Read more

Ministry Life

Are you feeling tired and empty? What are you striving for? Instead of being busy with the things you must to do, look to God for the things He has planned. Read more

Finding Purpose

Get into the habit of receiving busyness of the day from Jesus’ hand. This will mean you cannot be “too busy.” He will not allow that! Read more

Spiritual Health

It's easy to constantly worry about what we should be doing and in what capacity. You don't need to be superwoman. You can find balance! Read more

Stress

Get into the habit of receiving the busyness of the day from Jesus' hands. Read more

Leadership Advice

It’s important in this time-starved culture to budget our time with a focus on what’s important. So, as Christians, what can we do to spend our time well? Read more

Culture

How do busy leaders keep emotionally grounded during the holidays? By learning to balance Christmas and ministry and enjoy the “true” peace of the season. Read more

Christmas

I am neither Martha nor Mary...I am both! I need to stop worrying about who I better identify with and concern myself with who I am in my walk with Christ. Read more

Spiritual Health

Marriage and ministry are compatible dimensions of life. It’s not really about balancing the two, it's about blending. Read more

Ministry Life

Jesus maintained balance in the midst of His ministry life by incorporating time away to be reenergized. Read more

Ministry Life

Many women in ministry struggle daily and painfully with the issue of balance. So how do you find your balance? Read more

Ministry Life