Monday, August 31, 2009

Time for some B & B

When I hear that someone I know is going to spend time at a B&B it invokes images of a beautiful Victorian style house with rooms that are intricately decorated around soft, overstuffed beds. I can almost smell the fire in the fireplace as it crackles and see the lush tranquil surroundings. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it? Don’t you feel more relaxed just thinking about it? I know I do!
Unfortunately that’s not the kind of B&B that I’m referring to. Instead, the B&B that we are all in desperate need of is Balance & Boundaries. While it may not instantly invoke peaceful feelings, this B&B is the only way to bring peace into your life.

Most of us are in the midst of creating our new fall schedules. Endless choices fly around our minds like the autumn leaves that are soon to fall. Trying to figure out where you need to be and when you need to be there is an overwhelmingly daunting task! I know my head is spinning! That’s why I had to yell ‘Stop!’ to the demands that were fighting for my time and attention. Here’s the deal – we can’t do it all! But we can do far more if we have Balance & Boundaries.

Balance comes when all the priorities in your life are aligned properly. The order of priorities that God has commanded is: GOD, then Marriage, then Family, then Activities. Did I mention that God is first? He’s the appointment that you can’t afford to reschedule! Time with Him is what will get you through the rest of your priorities!! In today’s world we seem to put kids first, then activities (which fill 90% of our time) then God and marriage somewhere at the bottom. And let me clarify that doing church activities is not the same as time with God! Doing things for Him is not the same as spending time with Him! This order is so important because it just makes sense. GOD strengthens us by filling us with Him, we give time and attention to our marriage which creates a firm foundation for our family. We invest time in our kids to raise them up into the people God intends them to be. Finally we are involved and serve in our community because God created us to be in relationship with one another. He provides opportunities and creates friendships so we can ‘do life’ together.

Here’s where Boundaries come into the picture. The world does not see this as the proper list of priorities. You may get push back or even be judged because you’re priorities are different from those with a worldly view. Stand your ground! As a parent, you protect them from being unbalanced in their life. Your kids need for you to say ‘no’ to something good to say ‘yes’ to something better!

I know finding the right B&B can be a difficult task, but remember, God will align your schedule to His will if you’ll let Him! He can seemingly stretch our 24 hours when we give Him the opportunity and authority to use our time for His glory. He gave us this day, let’s use it for Him!

Be blessed,

"Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6


Unknown said...

Great word for me this morning. Thanks Jennifer.

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