Balance – My Experience

Balance

This morning I was pondering balance. Balance in where I place my focus and balance for my walk in the Kingdom.

I don’t spend much time at conferences seeking words and experiences but there was a time that I did. There is no condemnation in that but I decided I didn’t need a new word; I needed more time with God who is the Author of those words. That’s still where I am right now and it’s working out great.

Of course, people still give me prophetic words from time to time but there is a balance in that. I’m not seeking them; God is simply sending them when I need encouragement or direction. He’s cool like that.

And while I don’t do certain things like conferences anymore, I am aware that I can still get caught up in doing other things that can become just as big a distraction or even an idol in my life.

Balance – It’s what I need

I don’t want to spend all my time and energy on only one aspect of who I am called to be. I have spent many years working in “healing and deliverance”. It was all we did and it was all we focused on.  It was my identity. There was no balance there and that can certainly lead to burnout. Thankfully that didn’t happen but there was a danger.

What I do want is to be able to live each and every day to the fullest!  If I am only one-dimensional (doing only a single thing) in my identity or my calling, I will get bored and quit, thinking, what’s the point?

While I know that focus is wonderful and necessary to learn new things or accomplish tasks, it doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be diversity in what we do – our focus or vision shouldn’t become tunnel vision. When a lot of people think of me, they think of food. And yes, I do have a passion for food and even though I bake, I cook, and I post copious amounts of pictures of food, that is only one aspect of me: I also do many other things that feed people that have nothing to do with physical food.

Balance – It’s what I do

I spend time thinking and praying. I spend time writing. I spend time baking and cooking. I spend time conversing with my Etsy clients, and I spend time with friends and family on social media. All of these things are what I do and I love doing them. I have no desire to spend my days praying for people only, counseling only, and baking only, NO. That would be terrible. I want to do it all – and I will! I want to be authentically me in the fullness of my identity in Him because when I am being truly me, I can major on several different things and actually accomplish a lot.

Balance – do you have it?

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Is fear causing us to be problem focused instead of God focused?

Focus

I was sitting here thinking about some things in my life and I had this thought – does God wonder if we will ever quit looking at our problems and start looking at Him? I also wonder if we don’t sometimes make idols of our problems and difficulties. They are so often at the very center of everything we do and that makes me wonder sometimes about God’s thought on it.

If I spend most of my time worrying about problems and focusing on what might go wrong if this happens, or that happens, I would never accomplish anything. I just might have placed all my trust in the wrong kingdom. That’s fear, my friend. Fear wants us to have so much trust that bad things are going to happen that we completely forget who we are. We forget that our trust is in God – and that’s not good at all.

Fear is the number one thing we are warned against in the Bible and I think for a very good reason. Could it be that fear is so prevalent and such a great adversary that we need to constantly be reminded that it’s a lie? And not only that it’s a lie, but that it’s something we need to guard against? Fear not, indeed!

I am also reminded of the scripture that perfect love casts out all fear. How does that work in a practical sense? (I’m all about the practical)

As far as perfect love pertains to problem focus, I think the answer lies in the ability to turn my focus back to God. I need to remember the things He’s promised me, i.e. what are the prophetic words over my life? Once I remind myself of all those things, I can remember His goodness and realize that my trust has been on the wrong things and turn back to Him. Trusting in God is the way to peace and the way to freedom.

If I told my husband I trusted him and yet every time he said or did something, it made me fearful and anxious, I wouldn’t be showing very much trust. No, that’s not me trusting him at all. Instead, that’s me trusting in the bad things more than all the good things that he could do. We need to realize this fear is from the enemy and whenever we engage it, we empower it. Fear that is empowered will stop you and any good you want to do in its tracks.

The enemy isn’t at war with God; he’s at war with us! He wants our eyes looking at our circumstances and our problems so we won’t be looking at God. He wants us looking at all the terrible things going on around us so we can’t see the beauty of what really is. When our eyes only see bad things or potentially bad things, we will never see a solution. We will never go out and BE the solution.

It’s true that so much is going on in our world lately. But when we have wrong focus, this is all we will see. We will operate out of fear and there won’t be any peace around us. Fear is a self-perpetuating thing; the more you operate in fear, the more it grows. The more it grows, the more anxious we become. It will keep growing until the cycle is broken and that can only be broken by putting our focus back on God.

He is our Hope. He is our Prince of Peace.

Let’s remember Love, perfect love does cast out fear. And as long as fear has a foothold in our lives, love is very difficult to achieve – if not impossible.

I have enough things in my life that seem impossible. They aren’t with God, but in my own strength, they answers might as well be on the moon.

With all these thoughts and ponderings, I’m more determined than ever to keep my eyes like flint on Him. When my eyes begin to wander I have to pull them back. I have to give them something to focus on and look to Jesus who has all the answers.

Focus – Love or Injustices

Today's Goals
I’ve discovered that if you spend all your time focusing on what is unfair, what hasn’t been accomplished, or even what someone did to you, there’s a big chance bitterness will take over your conversations, which would have started in your thoughts.
 
I do realize there are lots of things in our world that need justice but I’m also aware of the beauty that surrounds me. Every place I see something negative or “out of place”, I can also see things that are simply beautiful or even astounding.
 
What do you see when you see a homeless person on the side of the road? Do you see someone who is most precious to our Papa, or do you see all the disadvantages the person has? Both are true. Both are important. But only one has life and only one can bring solutions and answers.
 
Yes, there are injustices in our world and there are plenty of things that need changing but for me, I think it’s more important to dwell on the one thing I can bring to the game – right here, right now. That “thing” is love. I can bring love into any situation I encounter.
 
If I only see negative things, all the problems, then I will never get around to loving anyone or anything. No, I will only become bitter and hard and that is the way I will see everything. My lens will be clouded by the cares of this world.
 
Speak life.
 
Choose love
 
I challenge you today to bring love, forcibly if necessary, to every single situation you find yourself in today. Sometimes that looks like smiling and walking away. Other times it may look like hugging a homeless person and letting them know that have value and are loved and then perhaps you give them something that will cost you something. Who knows, that hug could have cost you everything. That cup of coffee might be the big sacrifice. Only you and Papa know.
 
Love those impatient drivers. (You might be the most impatient one!) Love those coworkers, love those neighbors.
 
You get the picture – wherever you find yourself today, love big. Love strong.
 
And by evening time, may we all say, “This was a good day, Lord!!”
Rinse and repeat…