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Monday, October 3, 2011

The B word


The last few weeks have been a little overwhelming for me. I hate that word. It makes me feel and sound so "out of control".

In a world where we're supposed to have it all together, being "overwhelmed" just sounds so negative. But, there's no better word to describe how I was feeling a couple of weeks ago. PMS certainly did not help matters, either.

But, there's an upside. Feeling out of control always makes me take a step back, look at my priorities, and readjust where needed.

Finding balance can be so hard. I do not have advice or a magic solution, I just have a list of things that makes me feel better. Perhaps these things will help you find balance, too?

1. God has to come first.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." ~Matthew 6:33
It never fails. When I put other things aside and take the time to spend in my Bible study, prayer, or devotions first, everything seems to fall into place throughout the day. Sometimes I just have to leave the dirty dishes in the sink, forget about the laundry, turn of the computer, and sit down. I have to put everything else aside and get into God's word. It's the only way to start the day. I wish I could remember this everyday!

This also holds true for school. When I spend time in God's word with the boys FIRST, everything else we're pressured to get done miraculously flows throughout the day. I can get so caught up with the core subjects and lessons, that I put Bible time on the back burner.

That's so backwards! We have an amazing blessing to include God's word in our school day. I must take full advantage. It's always better!

2. Daily exercise.
It's been almost 9 weeks since school started, and my exercise routine has definitely suffered. I struggle to fit that in with the demands of homeschool, housework, and real life as opposed to summer life. But, I've got to do it. I'm gonna put on my tennis shoes and work-out, grubby clothes, and keep them on until I get on the elliptical.

3. Eating right.
Add color to your diet. Eat small portions throughout the day. Cut back on energy sucking options like carbs and sugar.

4. Preparedness
Preparation for the day ahead of time makes a world of difference. Take a calendar out. See what's on your plate for the week, and make a bin or basket somewhere around the home. Throw the items, paperwork, package to be mailed out, prescriptions to be filled, or whatever you need this week. It's like an active to do list. One place where all of your "stuff" needs to be when you need it. Perhaps keep your car keys, sunglasses, and pesky items you can never find in this bin. One of the hardest things for me is forgetfulness! I loose my keys, forget library books when I run out. Keeping it all in one weekly place helps.

This also works for our homeschool routine. I have bins for each of the boys that include the items they will need for the week for science experiments, supplies, papers, etc. Then I don't have to take time during the day to go a "find" things.

5. Take time for me.
Whatever this is for you, DO IT! We all need a break. My Saturday morning yoga is my escape. I love to read. I do this too. On the back porch, or maybe even on the couch when everyone else is watching TV. Just do something small that you enjoy.

6. Let go of things I CANNOT control!
I can drive myself crazy trying to change or control something that is only within God's control. I don't need to hover over my kids to get them to do what they need to. I don't need to worry, I just need to be in His presence, meet with Him everyday, and give it all to Him.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:6-7

What are things you do to find balance in the business of life?

Someone I love once told me that being BUSY stands for:

Sometimes I think our enemy loves when we're busy and out of balance. We are weak, just the way he likes us. We have to stay equip!


At October 3, 2011 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Jenny said...

You are totally right on with this. We as moms, have to take time for ourselves or else we lose sight of what is really important.

Lately, I have realized that. In all my craze of getting ready for baby..I have tried to build more train tracks, read books, and play games with Will that I probably wouldn't do...all the time!

At October 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Great list, #6 is the hardest for me. I'm such a control freak that it is so hard to let go!

At October 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I really need to work on #6. I can't let go sometimes.

At October 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Peeper said...

#3 and #4 make all the difference in the world for me. I'm working on #6 and getting so much better than I used to be. Great reminder and well timed just as we're on the eve of the holiday season!

At October 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM , Blogger becca said...

ilike my me time 30minutes on a bike with my ipod no one to bother me not only do i get exercise i get alone time win/win

At October 4, 2011 at 6:23 AM , Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I could have written this post! It's been a rough fall and I've been overwhelmed with a capital O! Things are starting to ease up, but some days, I feel like the best I can do is repeat the Serenity Prayer over and over in my head!


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