It’s not always easy balancing a job/career along with home responsibilities, bringing up children, and supporting our spouse in ministry. It does take time and tweaking to get to a place of making a healthy rhythm of life for you and your family.

I recently came across this insightful quote from former US Treasurer- Ivy Baker Priest:-

…”Any woman who has a career and a family automatically develops something in the way of two personalities, like two sides of a dollar bill, each different in design. But one can compliment the other to make it a valuable whole. Her problem is to keep the one from draining life from the other…”

Don’t be discouraged if you are reading this today and you feel you haven’t quite got the balance right yet. Practice makes perfect and change can start today, even in one little step forward.

Maybe we have been chasing our tails on the roundabout of life, wishing for change but daunted by making changes. Having many gifts and talents in the work place and many gifts and talents in the home really does require a balancing act of priorities, demands, and choices.

The woman in Proverbs 31 seems to have it all worked out. She seems to have the balance right in all areas that in turn bless her and her family abundantly. There are many resources and study books out there should you want to study this fascinating woman and this chapter of the Bible.

At the end of the day we all want our families and households blessed, and God to bless them. We in turn want to be a blessing to our children, our homes, our careers, and our churches, and to God in all of it!

A wise woman once said to me to imagine at the start of each day that I had 10 spoons of energy…How was I going to prioritise and spread them out healthily so I wouldn’t feel depleted? That invitation is to you today. Chose wisely, prioritise lovingly, and ask God to help you make any changes you need to, to make sure you undertake your balancing act well with family, workplace, church and home.

D MacNeil

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