Are You Structuring and Running Your Life, Or Is It Running You?

by | Oct 13, 2015

Proverbs 16:3
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.

Have you ever seen or played in one of those games where you walk into a booth and they close the door behind you. They turn on this whirlwind of air and either money or some form of tickets swirl around you and you have to try to catch as many as you can. Obviously the more you catch, the more you win. Do you ever feel as though your life is a bit like that; you are standing in this crazy booth and your time and your finances, your kids, your marriage, time with God, everything is just spinning around you and you are trying to grab some time here and some money there and oops, there goes a kid…… oh my word what are we having for dinner and just look at this house! Aaauuuuggghhhh….. you long for that old commercial moment of “Calgon, take me away!” feeling! (Calgon was a product for your bath and that was the theme of their commercials ~ a woman needing that solitude of a nice hot relaxing bath with no one bothering her)

I have even had moments when I have sat down to pray and I will begin praying and then one thought that I start to pray about will lead me to something that needs to be done and the next thing you know I am doing online banking! What? What happened to that time of prayer and the solitude of spending time alone with God? My whirlwind swept me off to another time and another place and I missed what I was there for! Ladies, let’s face it, our minds go a million miles an hour with all of the “to dos” and schedules, finances and then the every day struggles of life and if we aren’t careful, our life runs us instead of us running our lives! It’s time to Get A Grip! If we want to be empowered women of God, we need to have a grip on what is going on around us and we need to shut the whirlwind off! Just exactly how do we do that?

One thing at a time! If you try to take every area of your life and get it under control in one fell swoop, you will still be tossed around by the whirlwind of trying to catch it all! May I suggest that the first thing to get under control is your time! It is best to right it all down. Make a list of all the things that have to be done this week and prioritize and then divide it into daily and then hourly segments. I have even gone so far as to break some of my days down into half hour segments, depending on what I am doing. Be sure to include Down Time for you! You have to refresh your mind, I call it my “brainless time”, sometimes I will take 20 minutes and play something mindless like solitaire on my phone or I will read a book just for fun, versus a book to learn. Your mind needs time to “reboot” in order to regain focus!

Once you are on track with scheduling your time then take on something else that is pressing like your finances, if your finances are already under control then ask God to show you what is next that you need to get a grip on. Just keep moving down that list of things until you have things operating in a way that doesn’t leave you crazy at the end of the day. Don’t stress yourself, trying to get it all together in a day ~ that will just make you feel more crazy! Take it all one day at a time, one project at a time and be sure to put your time alone with God at the forefront of it all. As you seek God other things begin to fall into place. Read books like, “Messy No More” or books by the “Money Couple.” There are resources if you feel you need them and yet a lot of times I find I don’t need to add another thing to read or do, I just need to grab on to that thing and set it in order! The best is yet to come!

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt