Last August, Wes and I attended family camp with several sister churches from the southeastern region of British Columbia. The theme of the speaker's messages each night of the week was Finding Balance in the Christian Life. I hadn't known this was the theme, although Wes and Beth were both leading devotions, so they knew. When I sat down in the chapel that first evening, I had no idea that the Lord was about to work in my heart in a way that would begin to change my life.
As the pastor spoke each night on finding balance in our lives, I knew this was intended for me. You see, my life had been terribly UNbalanced for years. I was trying to blog, have an Etsy business, keep house, take care of my husband, be a mom, be a pastor's wife and teacher, and keep up my walk with the Lord - all in my own strength and within my own will. What should have been my lowest priorities, which I considered urgent, had been placed ahead of things that weren't screaming for my attention but were far more important than sitting in front of a computer. And you know how your car drives when a tire is out of balance? Kind of a whump, whump, whump feeling? That's how my life felt.
I made some decisions that week to begin implementing some practical actions that would help bring my life into balance, but it didn't take long to forget those things in the busyness of life when we got back home and into ministry and real life. I soon found myself terribly out of balance again.
As the year drew to a close, I realized I had to make some changes that would lead to more balance in my life. Our trip to California gave me some opportunities to think more deeply about how I want to spend my time in light of eternity, how I want to be remembered by family and friends, and what I want to hear from the Lord when I stand before Him.
I'll talk more about those changes later, but the word I wanted to have describe 2014 is
I bet you didn't see that coming, did you?!
This week, the same pastor who spoke at Family Camp is here at our church, teaching the same series of lessons to our church family. Now the principles are more familiar, and the Lord is confirming in my heart that this is the way He's leading me . . . to a balanced life. I hope to be sharing many of the things I'm learning, and I hope you'll stick around as I learn balance this year! Thanks for reading!
photo credit: hyperboreal via photopin cc"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."Ephesians 5:15,16