The Best Way to Balance a Busy Life

Balancing on the balance beam has never been easy for me. As I get older, my sense of balance grows even worse.  It doesn’t take much… a simple swing on a swing, a car ride on a particularly curvy road, and I am sick and dizzy.

The same is true in my life. It doesn’t take much to upset the balance of my days.  Saying yes to too many good things, not leaving time to just be, as a person or as a family, and living in a generally busy state definitely disturbs my balance.

As I have looked around to remedy this unbalanced feeling, which leads to an unbalanced life, one thing that has helped is to center my life and my activities.

It is simple, really, yet has so much power to change the course of the day.

I simply ask this question: Lord, what is it YOU have for me to do today? 

Of course, there is the grocery shopping, the meals to make, the laundry to do, but, what is it You want me to do today?  By asking those words and reading His Word, it allows Him to direct my days, my moments, my meetings, yes, even my laundry.

As I look around, I sure see a lot of busy.  Busy moms rushing from here to there, busy moms stressing over things, busy moms saying yes to way too many things. We say yes  because it is the norm and we don’t know how to choose something different. And while it is all “good” things, I sometimes wonder if we have added so much more to our plates than what we have actually been given.

What if, instead of being busy, saying yes to everything that comes our way {and feeling guilty if we don’t}, we said yes to only the things that we feel passionate about? What if we only said yes to the ones we feel the Lord has clearly put on our hearts, and confidently said no to the rest? What if we truly sought the Lord and His direction for the plans we make for our day, weeks, months, years, and lives?

Do you feel overwhelmed when you think of all the things you have to do today?

Are you stressed about all that you have to accomplish?

Then, I would venture to guess that there are some things that are on your plate that were never meant to be there.

So I challenge  you {and myself} to get alone for a few minutes and pray about your schedule. Look at everything that is on your plate.  Is there something you can let go of for now?

Then ask Him today, what is it You want me to do today? 

Blessings, Joy
Gracefull Mama

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This post is part of the Finding Balance series

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  • Tiffany Brown

    I needed this message tonight thank you so much :-)

  • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

    Love this Joy…
    And as usual…we’re very much on the same page.
    My post yesterday was “Do the next right thing…” (whatever He puts on my heart, that is clearly from Him… for that day, that moment). Listening to His whisper, responding to His nudge.

  • http://www.GodCenteredMom.com Heather MacFadyen

    Oh I soooo love this Joy. Definitely been on my mind lately. Trying to stick with the concentric circles system…most important relationships in the middle (God, then husband, then children, then friends/family, then acquaintances, then strangers). My commitments were out-of-balance with this system. So I’ve made adjustments and it’s wonderful. It is interesting how people still give me a hard time when I say “no” or set boundaries. They are so used to me saying “yes” to everything. Thank you for confirmation…definitely from the Lord. (psst…have a safe trip home).

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.mohl.3 Sarah Mohl

    I needed this tonight. Thank You!

  • http://www.barefoothippiegirl.com/ Barefoot Hippie Girl

    “What if, instead of being busy, saying yes to everything that comes our way {and feeling guilty if we don’t}, we said yes to only the things that we feel passionate about? What if we only said yes to the ones we feel the Lord has clearly put on our hearts, and confidently said no to the rest? What if we truly sought the Lord and His direction for the plans we make for our day, weeks, months, years, and lives?”
    This is gold…this is truth. And, just be at peace with the fact that everyone else may not like our yes or no. But we are seeking to please God.

  • Christine

    But the problem here is that nobody is “passionate about” being on a cleanup crew for an event or doing some of the more undesirable jobs… so who is going to do them if we all refuse?

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  • Barbara H.

    I’d agree with only doing things we feel the Lord would have us do, but I don’t think I’d agree with only doing what we’re passionate about. Some of the most blessed opportunities I’ve had to serve began as something I really didn’t want to do but didn’t feel the liberty to say no (not out of guilt, but just feeling God would have me say yes when I’d rather say no).

    But you’re right, there are so many opportunities today, and for so many good things. We really need the Lord’s discernment.

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  • Beth Stone

    Great post…. I can definitely relate. I recently read the book _Boundaries_ (Cloud/Townsend), and it made me realize that it’s definitely a good and okay thing to say “no” sometimes. I think Christians often get caught up in the, “Well, I need to be a servant, so I should say yes to everything that everyone asks me to do,” mentality. But when you’re not really called or gifted to do those things, you quickly feel burnout and eventually resentment. It’s also possible to get caught up in a trap where you’re enabling someone to be lazy or irresponsible when you take on the responsibilities/burdens that they should be carrying themselves. Barbara H. is right – we definitely need the Lord’s discernment and wisdom to know the difference…

  • TraciMLittle

    Thank you for this! I feel “more free” just reading it. It does take the stress out of it and a huge weight off our shoulders when we consult the Lord with our day… that really is already HIS anyways. Love you.