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Happy New Year!!  I’m so glad to be back at writing. The last few months have been filled with learning opportunities that I am excited about sharing over the next several weeks.  In our quest to find balance in our lives, I can’t imagine a better time of year to get things straight. It’s the start of a brand new calendar year and it’s the time when most of us make commitments to ourselves and our family members. Let’s make the commitment to finding balance in 2015. On this journey, be reminded of Proverbs 16:11, which states “Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.”   

A few days ago, I was listening to a recording of Priscilla Shirer. Within the recording, she discussed the balance act that most people endure. She referenced a past conversation she had with Jill Brisco where she learned that true balance does not mean “juggling act.” She explained that most people think of a balanced life as if the various parts of our life are represented by boxes that must be equally weighted at all times. She went on to state that equaling out those boxes brings chaos instead of balance.

Take a second to think of how true that is. How often have you heard that you can’t be a ‘jack of many trades?’ Those moments of trying to perfect everything in our lives are those times when we become overburdened and stressed out. Instead of inviting yourself to the ledge of your breaking point, Jill Briscoe by way of Priscilla Shirer, encourages us to prayerfully consider the parts of our lives that are most important to God at this season in our lives right now. Once considered, those 2-3 priorities should be pulled to the forefront and nurtured, allowing those few boxes to be filled and leaving only a small amount in the other boxes.

My question to you is….how many boxes are you trying to fill up all at one time? Take a few moments to list out all the roles/parts of your life.  


Once you get them listed, take some time to pray about those areas that God is calling you to. What is the area that is suffering? What do you find yourself struggling to keep up with? What do you wish you had more time for?  What is the area that excites you the most, energizes you, and leads you to get out the bed each day?  Don’t forget to consider the thoughts that keep you awake at bedtime and those that wake you in the middle of your sleep cycle.

Take some time to pray about the multiple roles you have and ask God to lead you and guide your footsteps. Through active prayer, God will reveal to you the 2-3 areas for you to focus on right now. I challenge you to listen to that still small voice and allow that voice to move you throughout the year.

Let’s be accountable to each other. What boxes are you being led to fill?

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