Food for thought…Balance!

balance

My friend Gail wrote this.  It’s so true, especially in the summer time.  We tend to go about our day, and who do we leave behind? Our Lord.  I pray God gives us all a balance in our lives.  Thanks for this reminder Gail!

Balance

Because I am a nurse, a lot of people ask me for medical advice. A few weeks ago, my sick friend, Sabrina called for advice. She was dizzy and sick to her stomach. She couldn’t keep food down. In medicine, you rule out the obvious. It was probably a GI bug. Later that afternoon, I checked in on her and she still couldn’t keep food down and was very dizzy. Sabrina’s world was spinning out of control.

Is your world spinning out of control? My world has spun out of control. It was when I was so busy, I couldn’t see straight. When my three kids were little, I was busy getting each of them to their activities. It was difficult to find the time to eat dinner together as a family. I thought once my kids grown and on their own I would not be so busy. I am even busier now. Today, I read a devotional about being busy and it gave me this acronym. BUSY is Being Under Satan’s Yoke. Isn’t that so true! Being busy is one of Satan’s most effective weapons on a Christian. When we are under his yoke, we are distracted from God.

Sabrina ended up in the ER suffering from the dehydration. She was diagnosed with viral labrynthitis; a fancy way to say an inner ear disturbance. The ear is such a small intricate structure but performs many vital functions including balance. The inner ear disturbance caused the dizziness. Sabrina was given IV fluids for the dehydration and some medicine, Meclizine to help with the dizziness.

What is the first thing to be overlooked when we are so busy that our world is spinning out of control? Be honest; it is spending time with God. God should be our first priority but I know in my life He is not always first. Hebrews 12:2 states “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” In the original text, the phrase “Fixing our eyes,” comes from the Greek word aphorao that conveys the meaning to stare. When we focus on Jesus, we keep Him in our sight. When we are too busy, we lose sight of Him.

Two effective prescriptions for busyness are spending time with God through prayer and reading the Bible.

Two verses on prayer are:

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “ Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ”

Psalm 145:18 tells us “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

We need to pray because it is God’s will for us to always pray. The promise of prayer is that God is near to all who call on Him.

Two verses on reading the Bible are:

II Timothy 2:15 – Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Psalm 119:105- Thy word is a lamp for my feet, and a light unto my path.

Not only do we need to read the Bible, we need to study it so we can understand it. The promise of reading the Bible is that it will light our way in this dark world. It is a guidebook for our life.  

I am glad to report that Sabrina’s dizziness has resolved and she has her balance back. What about you, my friend? Are you struggling with busyness? I hope not. Regain your spiritual balance. Keep your focus on Him. Don’t get so busy that you forget to pray and read your Bible.

 

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Comments

  1. Lynnette says:

    Love this! It really puts things into perspective when we are running around trying to get everything done on our list of things to do. Spending time with Jesus should be #1. Thank you Ladies!!

  2. Great reminder! I find that as a homeschool Mama (and blogger!) it is so so easy to take on too much 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing, Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

    • Marissa says:

      Thanks Rachael, I really enjoyed looking around your site. Great job!! Come again. have a blessed week!

  3. I sometimes struggle with busyness but a while ago I decided to put God first EVERY day. So the first thing I do in the morning is eat my breakfast and then read scripture and pray. I find by spending the first half hour to hour of my day with Him, I am inviting Him to rule my day and direct my paths.

    Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing (and linking up with the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a blessed day.
    xoxo

    • Marissa says:

      Thanks Jennifer! I love your blog, and I love reading the journeys of other moms. You are very right, we are proned to wander and we need to DELIBERATELY make the effort to put God first everyday 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Come again 🙂