You yearn to be the best Christian, wife and mom you can, but deep down you have a secret only your family knows about. You loose it from time to time. More often than you would like. I know the feeling because I’ve been where you are and I created ‘Her Pleasant Words‘ specifically for you.
My Guide to Creating Your Balanced Daily Plan is part of a 3-part series to help you organize your day. I will teach you how to create a plan of devoting your time to the things that make you a happier women. The tips will help you being the process of mapping out days that will cultivate peace and joy in your life.
Finding a specific strategy for balancing your time each day is super essential to every Proverbs 31 woman. We are easily helpers and can get caught up in doing things all day to help and wind up burned out.
Our innate nature to help is a wonderful gift from God but do you know that the enemy wants to pervert those gifts? If we are overwhelmed, upset, short tempered and not productive, we aren’t using our gift for the Lord. In fact, we’ve allowed the enemy to have a stronghold over our time, talents and possible our mind.
For a while now I’ve written about regaining peace in our lives because a lack of peace is a sign of fear. We are not designed to operate in fear, panic, anger, frustration and joylessness. In fact, the very opposite it true. Our days are (or at least should be) ordered by the Lord and if so, we should feel balanced and edited about it.
So how do we create a balanced daily strategy for our time and talents?
I’ve been writing and sharing my schedules with you since 2008, so you’ve see me go from managing my home with toddlers, to managing my home and homeschooling to managing my home, homeschooling and running a business, to managing my home and business.
Throughout these phases I’ve had to restructure my day to fit my current lifestyle. When it comes to creating a balanced daily strategy you must be flexible.
Early on I hated change. I love consistency and found myself irritated if things didn’t “go as planned”. I had to learn that my plans are subject to failure because life changes and from day to day it changes at a rapid pace. Being flexible with change is key to remaining balance. In fact, expecting things to change helps you better prepare for the possibility.
Proverbs Wife Tip #1 – Be Flexible
The next thing you need is to audit your life and see how you’re spending your days. Write down everything you do in a day for a week and evaluate if those things bring you joy and get you closer to the ultimate vision God has for your life.
Begin asking yourself these questions as you look over your list.
1. Is what you’re doing getting you closer to your family mission statement?
2. Is what you’re doing getting your closer to your financial goals?
3. Is what your doing getting you closer to the kind of relationships you want to have?
4. Is what you’re doing getting you closer to the home environment you desire?
Auditing how we spend our days and what we apply our efforts to is a Biblical principle found in Psalms 90:12 and Psalm 37:23. It is our duty to evaluate what we are doing with these lives God has given us and use them in a way that brings Him glory. When we do that it moves us closer to creating an internal peace and balance that can’t be disrupted by external situations.
Proverbs Wife Tip #2 – Audit Your Life
Now that you have an idea of how you spend your time I want to you to think about what activities are essential and most important to your growth in the following areas. Take each of your tasks and group the under on of the follow headings.
Once you have everything written down it’s time to audit again. The goal this time is to eliminate busy work and things that don’t make you a better you.
So here what my list looks like.
Spirit: Bible reading, devotions, prayers
Body: meals, exercise, beauty/appearance, hygiene, water intake
Family: husband, kids
Home: meals, home maintenance, home improvement projects,
Mind: spanish lessons, reading, podcasts, blogging, vlogging
Business: blogging, vlogging, emails, pitching, social media content, traffic growth, content syndication, product development, newsletter, engagement/comments, accounting
Now that you have a better view of how you spend your time each day you’ll want to begin managing it better.
I will create another post in this series next Monday called How to Manage Your Time & Organize Daily Activities where teach you how to managing the activities of your day on paper. Make sure you’re subscribed to my email newsletter and you’ll get the next post in this series delivered to you.
What is your biggest struggle with managing your time?
If you would like to receive prayer, please leave a comment below and we will pray over it. Also, please share your experiences or comments because we are all women of prayer and can encourage one another.
Craving Balance: 6 Practical Solutions for Women Balancing it All is designed to help you create a plan of devoting your time to the things that make you a happier women. The tips will help you begin the process of mapping out days that will cultivate peace and joy in your life.
Do you crave balance? I certainly do. I love having a sense of order to my days. I love knowing how much work time versus free time I’ll have. I love knowing that I’ve made time to meet my spiritual, mental, physical and emotional needs each day.
Being a wife, mom and entrepreneur has never deterred me from making balance a priority. In fact, having the responsiblity of so many important things is what inspires me to fight for balance.
Is it sometimes a struggle? Absolutely, but it’s worth the peace of mind that comes from having a sense of order to my days.
So what does cultivating a balanced life look like in practical terms?
I’m going to walk you through how I cultivate balance in practical terms.
There is no magic pill we can take to ensure everything goes right in our day. In fact, things will probably go wrong just because we want them to go right. We can’t control every part of our day, but what we can control is us.
We get to decide how we respond to every situation that comes our way and God has equipped us with everything we need to handle those situations.
Just this morning I struggled with telling my husband something I wanted to do. I knew he wouldn’t agree with it so I avoided bringing it up. I didn’t want him to be frustrated and I didn’t want to become frustrated, but it was time to get it out in the open.
Before brining up the conversation I knew had the potential of escalating I declared a few things.
It’s hard trying to navigate life without proper instructions. We pretty much go through trial and error trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. As Christians, that’s not Gods best for us.
He has prepared the way for us and provides us with all of the instruction we need in scripture and by seeking the wisdom of other believers. The two sources of wisdom work in tandem to help us make better decisions in all aspects of life including being single.
We don’t have to struggle with trying to live holy as single women or with trying to identify a potential husband. God has laid it all out for us in scripture.
Sometimes we have to let go and let God especially when it comes to our husband’s. When we allow God to work on our men, He is able to transform their heart and renew their minds better than nagging could ever do.
Put your trust in God and believe that He is able to make your husband the man He so desires.
The best way to help your man mature into the man that God desires os to do the following.