Have you ever had one of those tremendously draining weeks where there have been super emotional highs and then really low lows?
That’s been my week.
In fact that’s been my month.
Even the greatest achievements are wearing me out.
I have really trusted God for some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G things this year and He’s done nothing but deliver yet I find myself in a place where I’m overwhelmed with it all and just need to take a breather.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s the very example Jesus leaves for us throughout the New Testament Bible.
After the miracles in Capernaum and Galilee:
- And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (Read in context —> Mark 1:14-35)
After the miraculous feeding of 5,000:
And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. (Red in context —> Matthew 14:14-23)
Before making a major decision:
- And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. (Read in context —> Luke 6:12-16)
After ministering to the needs of others:
- And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. (Read in context —> Mark 6:20-37)
I know I’m not the only one who gets to point where they’re overwhelmed and feeling unbalanced with their calling. So for those of you in a position where you are constantly pouring yourself out for the glory of the Lord, please know that it’s okay to rest.
If it was good enough practice for Jesus, then it should be good enough for us. By redirecting our entire focus toward the Lord, we allow Him to recalibrate our lives and give us the perfect balance.
5 Ways to Find Balance
1. Pray – Block out time to pray daily. This is different from your time praying as you go about your normal day. Intentional time in conversation with God allows you to release all issues to the only one who can truly do anything about them. Talking to and listening to God either by thinking on His word or allowing His spirit to speak to your heart should be bring peace and direction. This step is important because it gives God permission to organize your life one day and one moment at a time.
2. Meditate – Spend time thinking about or writing scripture related to resting, order, peace and balance. Keep a journal of the verses so that you are able to easily find them. Time spent reflecting on Gods promises brings rest and a peace to your soul.
3. Limit Your Availability – Block out times for you and your family when you cannot be reached. Despite what our culture says, it is not rude, it is necessary. Also, block out time alone for just you and the Lord.
4. Be Purposeful With Your Time – Understanding that your time is really God’s times will help you be purposeful with it. Pray about everything you are asked to do before you say “yes”. Make sure that it lines up with God’s plan for you.
5. Rest – Plan days of NOTHING! This step goes hand in hand with numbers 1-4. It’s alright to NOT BE DOING SOMETHING ALL OF THE TIME. Time resting means time with the Lord and also getting enough sleep. The fastest way to become unbalanced is from lack of sleep. It’s okay to take a nap or go to bed early. Schedule rest time just as you’d schedule any other activity.
If anyone besides me woke up this morning feeling unbalanced and overwhelmed please know that God doesn’t want us to be in that position. He knows all about the busyness virus that Satan tries to infect us with which is why He’s supplied a remedy for us when we find ourselves there.
If you have a been struggling this morning, this week or this month leave your prayer request below. I want to pray for you.