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Balance. What does that mean?

I find as I get older it gets harder to find a balance. Maybe its not really harder to find the balance, but maybe my expectations are different. I know the order of importance has changed for me.

It used to be:

  1. Health
  2. Financial
  3. Family
  4. Spirituality

Now it is:

  1. Spirituality
  2. Family
  3. Health
  4. Financial.

Spirituality: After really thinking about it the order is important but not as important as getting the balance right. The one thing I know that has to come first is God, no matter what, He needs to be in the drivers seat of my life. No matter what. Balanced or not. This is so much harder than we might at first think. It’s so easy to go through life thinking we know whats best for us. Forgetting that the author of life really does know what He is doing. Making decisions without first asking God’s will can be a painful experience. But no matter how many times I find myself making decisions without knowing for sure it is God’s will, He is always lovingly waiting for me to come to Him to find answers. So what does the category of spirituality mean for me. Well it means taking time out every day to talk with God. To feel His presence in my life. I have heard it said, give Him the best part of your day everyday.

Family: With God being the most important part of my balance. His gift of my family comes next. I want to love the family he has given me unconditionally. First, my husband. God has given me such a wonderful gift in my husband. My hubby shows me daily God’s love for us. He works very hard at giving our family everything we need. He shows me daily how seriously he takes being my husband. Then my children have been loaned to us and I hope to help them be who God created them to be. It is a scary responsibility that God has given us. I see everyday how wonderful these two young adults are and hope that I am doing all that God has asked me to in taking care of them. Family, part of this balance is loving my family and helping them strive to gt to Heaven. 

Health. Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit within you whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your Body. How many times have I heard this at Mass, or read it in the bible? We are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Health is a very important part of this balance that I am searching for. If I am healthy I can focus on all other areas of my life.

Financial: To be perfectly honest this one is the hardest for me. If I start thinking about being financially sound, I start feeling guilty for wanting more. I have just recently been taking the Church’s teachings on tithing seriously. 10% no matter what. It feels great! Over the past couple of months one of the things I have learned in my prayer time and walking through this tough time, is no matter what, it is God’s first. Everything we get is a gift from God. Everything. I am not sure that I have ever really understood that until recently. But as I continue to tithe I continue to understand more about tithing. Not just money, but also talent and time. So financially, I am still in prayer mode. I want to be financially responsible. I want to use any financial gifts from God for His glory. I am asking God to teach me and trust my husband and I with our finances. Teach me to learn to serve you God only.  Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

I hope you will join me in my journey to sainthood. That journey includes finding a healthy balance. A balance that we can only get from God. I don’t know exactly what this balance will look like. And I know that it will be different for everyone. For me, I desire for God to show me what that balance is and to obtain it.

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Update: February 14,2016

Well it’s been another six months since I posted anything. I am always thinking about posting, when to post, what to post, but more importantly why am I posting? I think the biggest question I needed to answer was “why am I posting?”. I read blogs everyday, many,many amazing blogs. I absolutely love learning from them. But it always brings me back to the question why do I feel so drawn to blogs?

I have come to know that I need a place to put all these things I am learning and questioning everyday. At the end of each day I feel overwhelmed with everything and everyone God has put in my path. I don’t mean this in a negative way at all. I just feel so hungry for so many things in life right now. I feel God’s hand in everything.  Things that seem to all fall in that balance I talked about six months ago in the above post. I am very aware of all the wonderful people God has been putting in my life every day. And I value each and every one of them. There are moments of love, joy, peace, frustration, busyness, laughter and tears. And at the end of the day I want to be grateful for every one of those moments.

In processing all of this I started putting things from my head onto paper. Here is what I have come up with…..

Mindful Monday: Because there is always many things that I am not sure which category it fits in, Mindful Monday will allow me to write about this and that.

Tasty Tuesday: Sharing successes and failures with recipes and food choices.

Workout Wednesday: Talking about how we can take care of our physical.

Theology Thursday: Putting everything into perspective the best I can in God’s eyes.

Family and Finances Friday: Sharing things I am learning about finances and the importance of family, not just our immediate family but those who God has put into our lives.

I am so excited to discover who God brings along to share this journey with me. I hope you will share your stories and we can get to know each other.

Have a blessed day!!

~Toni

 

 

 

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