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7 Scriptures On Balance in our Lives

Have you experienced the need for balance in your life?

Does it seem that it’s impossible to reach?

Do you question if balance is even real or good?

I’ve asked that same question, and I’ve come to the conclusion that balance is essential to live healthy, productive lives, but it isn’t always pretty.

A Humble Balance

When I hike up mountains, it’s never graceful. Many times I have to use both my hands and feet to keep my balance as I navigate rocky paths through boulders and uneven terrain. My balance is terrible, so I have to compensate using everything God has given me (arms, legs, hands, feet, and all ten fingers).

On a hike years ago in Glacier National Park I found myself on all fours crawling over a narrow ledge to reach my family already on the other side. The ledge was wet due to the water falling from the cliff above.

Here’s an excerpt about it from a post on grace:

 

. . . . I simply didn’t want to fall off the mountain tumbling to my death.

Therefore, when we reached the part of the 8 hour hike up the mountain that involved climbing over slippery wet rocks through a small waterfall I panicked. My husband and kids were already on the other side, so I chose the safest way to continue.

I literally got on all fours.

But before I crawled to the other side, before I forced myself to push through my fears, I really wanted to quit.

“I can’t do this!” screamed the voice inside my head. Actually, I think I used my outside voice. I’ve never been so afraid to do anything. This was worse than jumping off the high diving board when I was 8 years old.

But I didn’t want to quit.

I knew I had come this far, and I couldn’t turn around.

So I gritted my teeth, used all available appendages to steady my ascent, and crawled through pounding icy cold water.

I CANNOT BEGIN TO PUT INTO WORDS WHAT PUSHING THROUGH MY FEAR DID FOR MY SOUL THAT DAY.

Ernest Hemingway said, “Courage is grace under pressure.”

My courage didn’t look graceful that day, but I’ve no doubt that it was Grace that got me to the other side.  ~Everyday Grace

We Need Humility and Grace for Balance to Climb the Mountains of Life

Life is challenging. Many mountains loom before us, and we can’t imagine how we will make it. Your mountain may be raising children or grandchildren. You may be navigating an illness, job loss, deadlines, debt, a demanding boss, a troubled marriage, or troubled teenagers.

Maybe your mountain is loneliness.

Maybe it’s grief.

How do we balance the good, the bad, and the ugly in our lives?

I’m going to give you some practical answers and then the spiritual ones that will help with the practical. We can’t ignore the fact that our mind, body, and soul are all connected. The way we care for each of these areas in our lives will affect the other two. I’ve found in my life, my best days were the ones when I included exercise, Bible study, and intentional worship.

5 Practical Ways to Find Balance in Your Life

1. Feed your body and soul.

Start every day with breakfast for your body and your spirit. This includes eating a healthy morning meal (not sugary cereal; think protein) and spending time in the Word. (You’ve got an easy Bible reading plan right here!) I know this is hard if you’re a mom with small children. You may have to eat your spiritual breakfast during nap time. It doesn’t have to be hours long either. Can you spare 10-20 minutes? It will be worth it!

2. Exercise your body and spirit.

Ya’ll, I’m preaching to myself too. I do great for about two weeks and then something happens like travelling, and I am not good at getting back into the rhythm of exercising. But when I do, oh man, do I feel better! My muscles may be screaming at me, but my spirit is lifted, and I have more energy to do what I need to do. I suggest 20 minutes, 30 max. Doctors recommend working out at least 4 times a week, but personally, if I miss one day, I’m less likely to be consistent.

Walking is the best exercise. Get outside! Put worship music in your ears and you are multi-tasking. 🙂 Nothing like exercising your body and soul worshiping the one who told the sun when to rise.

3. Spend 20 minutes on household chores daily.

These chores may be on the inside of the house or the outside taking care of yard and plants. If I work a little bit every day on those chores, they aren’t such big mountains when the weekend comes.

4. Practice saying no to busy. (This involves humility.) We can’t do everything. 

List all your extra-curricular activities/volunteer positions. Which ones are you struggling to continue? Those need to go. I’m giving you permission. Here’s a great article on tactfully saying no to volunteer opportunities or stepping down from one. 

5. Take a day off every week.

It’s called a Sabbath. It means to cease from working, and in the Old Testament, the Sabbath lasted from sunrise to sunset. Yes, we live on the other side of the Cross, but this rest demonstrates our trust in God’s wisdom, our obedience, and our humility that the world really won’t stop revolving if we take a day off. This is a principal, no longer a specific command. It doesn’t have to be on Saturday or Sunday, but we need a day set aside to rest. This too must be intentional. It is imperative to our balance. Work hard and then rest hard. Here’s my article last week on rest and the Bible reading plan. 

And that brings us to this week’s Bite of Bread Bible reading plan which you can use for step 1–feeding your soul.

Sneak Peek of Verses and Prompts on Printable

Monday: Ecclesiastes 3: 1: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

  • Does this scripture give you grace in the balance? Does it help you see how important it is to live one day at a time and to balance the good with the bad, the hard with the easy. List the things in your life that were hard and how they changed in the next season. How does this help you today with the hard things?

Tuesday: Isaiah 28:24: When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?

  • If you kept reading this passage, the answer is no, of course not! The farmer plows the field, prepares the soil and then plants the seed. What have you been so focused on doing, working, that you haven’t noticed that you need to stop that and plant some seeds? Where will you sow seeds of love, joy, peace, and grace today?

Wednesday: Matthew 23:23: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

  • What is the balance Jesus is talking about in this verse? How does it apply to your life?

Thursday: Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

  • This is where heaven and earth meet. How balanced is your faith in light of this verse?

Friday: 2 Thess. 2:16: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

  • Write down a prayer of thanksgiving for His grace, and ask Him for His empowering grace to do all He has for you today.

Saturday: Deuteronomy 15:10: Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

  • This scripture is about the blessing and balance of giving cheerfully and working diligently. Have you given to someone hoping God would bless you while you sat on your hands? Do you think this verse still applies today? Why?

Sunday: Luke 10:40:  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

  • The balance. We need to work, eat, and serve, but we also need to sit at His feet. Jesus said, “Mary has chosen the good portion and it will not be taken away from her.” Make some extra time for Jesus today.
  1. Download the Free Printable to enjoy during your time in the Word.

 

Holy Spirit’s Help

The practical steps are good. They will help find balance, but we cannot do this on our own. We can’t climb life’s mountains balanced without God’s empowering grace.

Ask for His grace when you find yourself unbalanced and near the cliff’s edge. God’s grace, His favor, will give you the wisdom, strength, and courage you need.

When you feel out of control, stop. Take a break, and go to the mountain of God (the place of worship.) Listen for Holy Spirit’s guidance even in the smallest of  things on your “to do” list.

I want to live my life as Jesus did. He said and did only what God told Him to do.

 “Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does” John 15:9.

Is that possible for us? I think so. We just have to practice His Presence.

Giving a book Away!

A great book that helps us do that is the devotional, Jesus Calling. 

In fact, it’s so good, I’d love to give one away. 

Just leave a comment at the end of the post sharing what has helped you find balance in your life, and I’ll add your name to the drawing.

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Join me and other kindred spirits for fellowship and soul nourishment. Meet us on Facebook M-F at 8:20 to dig deeper into the “verse-bite” for the day. Share the broadcast to gain more entries into the giveaway. I’ll draw the name of the winner on Friday (June 29) LIVE!

 

Digging Deep with Balance,

 

Andy

Beautiful, Psalm 119 devotions

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10 thoughts on “7 Scriptures On Balance in our Lives

  1. This is excellent! I can relate from the struggle climbing on my hands and knees to screaming “I can’t do this” (that was especially true when I started nursing school at 45 y/o then started my career as a nurse or maybe that was Monday…) to “courage is grace under pressure” to five practical ways to find balance in your life. Today is my Sunday or my Sabbath since I worked over the weekend. Thanks for sharing Andy!

  2. This is so good! I’m good at balance when things are quiet and going smoothly! It’s when “life happens” that I get overwhelmed and totally off balance! Thank you for this excellent reminder and practical tips. What a needed and great encouragement! 🙂

  3. God gave me a word through this that I have asked for healing and now need to let Him do it rather than me re-digging up the dirt! The plants were just below the surface and I killed them by recultivating the work that Jesus has already begun.

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