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Redefining Balance

Balance. It can be such a “heavy” word. (Pun intended.)

2013 is looking like it could be a shake-up year– not in a bad way, but with a new (aka our first) baby on the way and 2,800 mile move per duty station change looming quickly there after, things could get interesting.

Perhaps you are facing a similar year. (Or had one of those last year.) We aren’t facing our future with fear– which we are thrilled about– but rather just awareness that this might not be easy.

However. It will be worth it. Of THAT we are confident!

As I was pondering the glory of God in the future (so excited!) the idea of “balance” kept resurfacing. This subconscious thought/concern with maintaining balance in our lives was brought to my attention as I was being coached for my spiritual leadership coaching certification by my dear friend Susan.

Between her and Jesus, I learned some pretty profound truths. And maybe, just maybe, they apply to you.

See, we are all faced with the world’s ideal of what “balance” truly is… Keeping everything in order, all things being equal. Minimizing changes, giving the same amount of time, dedication and heart to all things in our life. And usually we think of that in “small picture language” aka, what happens in a day’s time frame.

My heart concern was figuring out how to “balance” having a baby, moving across the country, all while still doing ministry, being a strong wife, a solid follower in Christ, getting back into shape etc, etc… However, Susan challenged me to redefine what “balance” really meant from a heavenly perspective.

And here’s what I came up with– or rather what Jesus revealed to me.

He gave me a couple of visual images… The first one I scribbled in my journal… then recreated on my iPad, freehand for purposes of this post. (Don’t judge my lack of artistic abilities. My forte is ministry and writing. Not DoodlePad drawing. ūüôā )

DoodleBuddyiPad Balance

Now, before you completely check out per my terrible freehand skills, let me explain this image. It is a scale-balance thingymajig. On either side of the scale are the “things” and influencing factors in life… Specifics could be changing seasons, good (or not so good) circumstances, feelings, people, emotions– you get the picture. From a worldly perspective, we sometimes end up standing on either side, our hearts being driven by the circumstances or emotions. THAT is when we end up unbalanced.

But the image that God gave me was this: Those “sides” are always going to be bouncing up and down, moving all over the place. HOWEVER… That middle point of this scale (called the fulcrum, for all you physics/sciencey folks) is ALWAYS stable no matter what is going on at either end. God is to be my fulcrum. My word for 2013 is STAND… So if I stand on the fulcrum, I keep my balance. No. Matter. What. God is the foundation– and the SOURCE of true balance.

Pretty cool huh??

The other image He gave me was even simpler, yet just as profound. (Sorry, no freehand scribble for this one.) I saw a balance beam, like used in gymnastics. And in order to keep my balance, all I had to do was keep ahold of His hand. (He was my spotter.)

Talk about a redefinition of balance! Balance isn’t when all things are equal or treated the same or constant. Instead, it is when we are STANDING on a solid surface– like God as our fulcrum in the scales… Or holding His hand as we walk along the balance beam path He has laid out for us.

What is your definition of balance? Do you struggle with it in life? In what areas? How does this “new” definition of balance change your perspective? Be bold and let me know in the comment section below.

Here’s to keeping our balance with Him,
SGK

“Honest scales and¬†balances are from the¬†Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.” ~Proverbs 16:11

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A Solid Foundation (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #10)

Between 8th and 9th grade, my family built a house.

My Dad worked for a low-key home/building construction crew, and it was always a dream of my parents to not just own a home, but to have a home THEY designed and built.

So we went to work. Talk about a family bonding experience. Holy moly.

We were going through a lot during that time. Not only was I a teenager (super precious years of my life, BTW– yikes) but my lil bro was a couple of years old, my sister was also a teenager, and my grandma was living out her last year with us as cancer slowly took her life.

So we built a house in the midst of all this hoopla. I learned a lot.

And no, I didn’t just learn about building T-walls, how to insulate a house, proper methods to stain/sand trim and install sheet rock. (Side note: I was the official “voluntold” sheet rock screw installer. According to my rough calculations, there are over 23,000 sheet rock screws in my parents house. Fun fact.)

We learned a lot about each other. About our family. And about how having a solid foundation is vital.

Our house is built on solid bedrock. I don’t remember all the details, but when we were digging our basement, we only made it about four feet into the ground before hitting bedrock. Very solid. But not deep enough. Enter stage left: Jack hammers.

We knew we couldn’t shirk on the basement or foundation–because if we took any shortcuts, we would be sure to pay the price in a few short years when our house started to fall apart.

Starting from the ground up… building our faith is like building a house!

The same goes for our journey to contentment. We have to start with a solid foundation. And that foundation is faith.

This week’s bible study from “Calm My Anxious Heart” really drives this point home. Before we can take our what ifs, our worries, our whys, our if onlys, our everythings to the Lord– we have to have a solid foundation of faith and trust in Him.

There were some super powerful quotes from both chapters 9 and 10 this week. Some really awesome ones include:

  • “Faith is not something to be reasoned from afar, but something we throw ourselves into– heart, mind and soul.” (Pg142)
  • “It’s one thing to believe God can do something. It’s quite another to put yourself in a position of reliant trust. This is the distinction between intellectual belief and wholehearted faith.” (Pg 143)
  • “We tend to make trust a gray area, but with God the issue is often black and white. We either trust Him or we don’t.” (Pg 143)
  • “Faith looks to God, but feelings look to what is going on around us. Faith hopes in who god is and in what He has promised. (Pg 150)

Good stuff, huh? Really makes you think…

What does your foundation look like? Is it solid, built on the bedrock that is Christ, or has it shifted and cracked? What can you do to repair it? How can we keep our foundation strong when the what ifs, if onlys and whys are knocking on our door? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Oh. And speaking of comments– today, we are doing a GIVEAWAY!!¬†If you comment below, you will be entered into a drawing to win our “Foundation of Faith” prize package… A sweet looking journal (to record your Jesus thoughts), a Starbucks gift card (because I always feel closer to God with a warm drink in my hand) AND… THREE (yes, THREE) free spiritual leadership coaching sessions (these can be done ¬†in person, phone or Skype depending on your locale.)

You can enter more than once… AKA if you retweet something from 7 Days Time, share on FB or email it to a group of friends, just leave a comment below letting me know what all you did and for each action you get your name in the drawing. I will announce the winner right here next Monday.

Why the giveaway? Because I am super passionate about having a solid foundation. And we are nearing the end of our journey to contentment. PLUSРIn the 15 months I have been blogging, this is my 300th original blog post!  (YAY!) Oh and because Jesus rocks. (Of course!)

Take a good look at your foundation today on this journey– and don’t forget to leave a comment and enter to win our “Foundation of Faith” prize pack! We all need a solid foundation– and that foundation is CHRIST!

On the Solid Rock,
SGK

“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.¬†But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.¬†The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.‚ÄĚ ~Matthew 7:25-27 (NIV)

If you are “officially” participating in our online Bible Study, here is our *last* week of homework. (Sniff, tear!) What a journey it has been!

Homework Chapter 11¬†‚ÄúTrusting God with the If Onlys‚ÄĚ

Day 1:¬†Study Guide–¬†Question 1, Memorize and meditate on Psalm 77: 11 ‚Äď 14.;¬†Questions 2, 3 a; b; and 4

Day 2:¬†Study Guide–¬†Questions 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Homework Chapter 12 ¬†‚ÄúTrusting God with the Whys‚ÄĚ

Day 3:¬†Study Guide–¬†Question 1, memorize and meditate on Habakkuk 3: 17 ‚Äď 19.;¬†Questions 2, 3

Day 4:¬†Study Guide–¬†Question 4 a; b; c; d; e

Day 5:¬†Study Guide–¬†Question 5

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Stirred, Not Shaken

There are several things in life that are meant to be shaken, not stirred.

Take Shake-N-Bake for instance. I mean, you literally have to shake up that delectable piece of chicken in a plastic bag filled with the coating. Stirring is simply not a legitimate alternative.

Or what about mixing formula in a baby bottle? I don’t know many folks that have had much success with stirring formula. Shaking is easier and more efficient, so why not?

And of course we can’t forget good ol’ 007 James Bond’s love for shaken, not stirred martinis. (Fun fact: I’ve never had a martini, shaken, stirred or otherwise.)

But on the flip side of the shaken, not stirred… what about things we don’t want shaken?

Soda cans. Definitely not good when shaken up. Or a rope bridge when someone is walking across it. (I’ve been there, done that, got mad, fell off.)

But probably the biggest thing that we want STIRRED not SHAKEN?

Our faith.

No shaker allowed when it comes to our faith.

This idea came to me kind of by accident (via the Holy Spirit) the other day during my quiet time. Satan was all up in my grill.  I was writing in my journal, letting the words flow. I paused to read the sentence I just penned:

“GET BEHIND ME SATAN, MY FAITH WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.”

Wow. Good stuff Jesus. Thanks for that one! WHOO! Well, that powerful message didn’t stop there… later that day, I shared the thought with my husband. Right after I finished the statement, I kept talking. (I know, you don’t have to act surprised.) But what came out of my mouth next also shocked me:

“I SHALL NOT BE DETERRED, BECAUSE MY HEART HAS BEEN STIRRED.”

Good grief. Semi-profoundish Holy Spirit words twice in one day? I was a little overwhelmed.

I have sat with these phrases for a few days and obviously they have not left my brain. (Or my heart.) I was certainly moved by these thoughts and considered that maybe you would be too.

“GET BEHIND ME SATAN, MY FAITH WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.
I SHALL NOT BE DETERRED, BECAUSE MY HEART HAS BEEN STIRRED.”

Just sit with that for a moment. Let it sink in… What does it mean to you? How can you embrace the concept of letting God strengthen your faith and ward off the enemy through stirring your heart? In what ways has your heart been stirred lately? I would love to hear your answers to these questions– leave a comment below.

We all have a choice. We can let our circumstances or trials shake us up, turning us into a figurative exploding can of soda or shaken martini. OR… we can submit to God by letting Him stir our hearts daily through His loving presence and grace.

Then and only then can we quench our thirst with the Living Water through a faith that is stirred, not shaken.. Oh, and served on The Rock.

Drinking Him in,
SGK

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be¬†shaken.” ~Psalm 16:8

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