Summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. I love fall because it marks the end of hot summer nights and beginnings of cozy nights spent with a warm mug of hot cocoa (click for yummy hot cocoa recipe). It also coincides with the start of a new school year and a new schedule to go with it. With a fresh slate and the promise of a crisp breeze, it is important to start the school year with realistic expectations and balance.
The idea of maintaining balance comes right out of the Bible. In 1 Peter 5:8 (AMP), it says:
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring (in fierce hunger), seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”
Most women never take the time to think about living a balanced lifestyle. As a result, many fail to realize the toll that this takes on their own families.
What is Balance?
True balance is nurtured through clear and healthy boundaries. This means that you might have to say no to some things. You might need to make some hard choices because you really cannot do it all. Each day you have 24 hours to spend. At the end of your life, what do you want your children to remember about you and how you spent your time?
One of the best ways to stay balanced is by spending time with the Lord. Time spent with the Lord helps you to discern what is important and what is not. With that in mind, take a deep breath, sit with a cup of coffee or tea, and pray over your activities, bravely crossing out those things best left to another season of life. Having healthy boundaries will help create free space in the schedule for unexpected situations that arise in life. As a mom, it is important to have margin for days when your child is sick, sad, or needs an extra dose of quality time.
Believe it or not, staying balanced is an important aspect of creating a peaceful home. When things in your life have a loose structure, it will help carve out space for fun outings or more intentional family time. For instance, if you schedule free time throughout the week, you can surprise your children with fun snacks, silly family parties, or creative afternoons. I encourage you to plan out the week and leave room to have fun with your children. Intentionally create a space that your children look forward to coming home to.
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Do you live a balanced life with time set in place to pour love into each child’s unique needs? Is your home a place that your children look forward to coming home to? Take some time to ponder those questions as we enter this new season.