Thursday, June 23, 2005

Balanced Life for a Working Woman

The priority list starts with relationships!

With God: Guard your time with Him ruthlessly. He will help set priorities and give strength for each day. Some busy days may be a verse or two, while enjoying longer time on days off, holidays and vacation. Take a thought He gives you and integrate it throughout your day.

With Husband: View marriage as a friendship. Develop a hobby together, seek friendships with other couples, shut off the television and take a walk. Go to bed at the same time. The greatest gift you can give your children is a good marriage.

With Children: Concentrate on an atmosphere of love, support and security, being aware of each child’s love language. Multiple activities and nights out cause stress, fatigue and limit family togetherness. Sports and lessons can inhibit church ministry and relationships. Remember, the habits they learn at home will be their habits as adults.

Practical Tips

Say "I’ll get back to you" before making new commitments. Get input and take time to pray. The prayer God is sure to answer is "Lord, what do You want me to do?" The answer may be "Wait, and I will show you." In our instant credit card society this is difficult.

Examine your motives honestly. Are you trying to please someone? Is it a necessity for success or a diversion from responsibility? Is it truly God’s leading?

Drop something before committing to more.

Limit how many errands you run.

Grocery shop only once a week — and at one store.

Let’s break the guilt of trying to live the balanced life, and seek God’s help to live according to His priorities.

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