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Alright, how do you do it all?  I write about being balanced but can’t even seem to master one phase of it.  

I spoke with a dear friend yesterday and she was explaining to me the time that needed to be spent networking, checking out the info highway, commenting, chatting.  I thought my cell phone was attached to my hip, is your computer?  

I suppose it is what you are focusing on at the time.  I want to blog, I believe I have something to share with folks.  We are not alone out here.  I want to share my work.  My work is my life.  My art.  It may be a project I have been hired to do or it may be a task God has given me to do.  Either way, He is in it.  All of it.  

I want to blog, I want to network, I want to see my work sell.  I also want to have a life, like, with my family.  My grand kids.  I want to enjoy what time I have.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow, or even the rest of today.  And it’s difficult to find peace and enjoy life with all this stuff happening in our world.  But it can be done, with His help.  See, I just don’t believe I can do anything without Him in the forefront of my life.  I have tried it way to many times.  But you know, every time I, on purpose, include Him in my decisions, or include Him in my thoughts or just start my morning off saying, “Hey God, thanks so much for being with me.  I need You, and I love You.”  Well, the day can go so much better.  He is there, I acknowledge Him.  

I have had my grandson ignore me when I came home.  I’ll walk in, so happy and excited to see him, and he is to involved in what he is doing.  Even though I have been out of town, and haven’t seen him in over a week, what he is doing at that moment is far to important to leave to run to me.  I understand, I do, he’s just a kid, but it hurts just a little too.  I want him to come running to me shouting “Nana, Nana!”  Then go back to his playing…..just acknowledge me.  I can’t believe, after everything God has done for me, and I’m a grown -up, that I can still forget, or be too busy, or not what to stop long enough to just acknowledge Him.

So I want to do all this stuff, but time doesn’t allow me to.  Time for God and Family, friends and work, dreams and pursuits, and rest.

Perhaps you could share how you do it, or don’t!  **wink**

Love to hear for you!

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I know I think to much.  I think about everything.  From the moment my brain says, “it’s morning, let’s hit it!”  throughout the entire day.

Since both of my folks have moved on to The higher place, I have discovered more about myself.  That for some reason seems relative.

 Friends, for starters.  You think you are friends with someone only to discover it’s really only superficial.  You have been putting in your heart and soul in the relationship, but the other party, well, left you in the dust.  You just don’t fit anymore.  At first it hurt.  You missed the friendship.  But then you realize time changes all things.  And God has a season for everything.  That season is up and He is moving you on.  You better catch up, but don’t get ahead of Him either.

Easier said than done.  

Then there are those you never thought would be your friends.  There they are.  It’s their time, their season.  Oh and how wonderful it is in new relationships, learning new things, sharing experiences.  I am thankful God has everything under control.  We are made for relationships. Ones that will encourage and uplift us.  Ones that we can pour into as well.  Even though I have been perfectly content to be alone, my family, my work, God has better plans.  He is so cool!

Speaking of work, there is either a lot of it or none at all.  Man these times are sticky!  Right now I find myself putting in a lot of time, wanting to do so much more with my artwork, having to balance everything.  Then there is home life.  Right now I’m staying busy there too.   My husband has recently learned that he has 2 blockages, one in each leg.  100% at that.  Geez, it never ends!  He will have bypass on both legs in March.  Instead of dreading it, we are looking forward to it.  He will be able to walk with no pain, take Sadi Girl walking, play more with the grands.  Yes, it will be good.  Oh, and BTW:  Sadi’s surgery was a success.  No cancer!   Thank You Jesus!

sadi

So I’m working, a lot, out of town, Smokey  can’t do much, no driving, no lifting, NO CLEANING, (LOL), his Mom lives with us…….she does almost nothing!  No I mean it, almost nothing.  Yes, she’s older, yes, she can’t do as much as she once could, but SHE DOES NOTHING!  To keep her trying to do things for herself, we ask her to do simple things, like, fix her own plate, put her trash in the trash can and when she seems really motivated, she will water some plants.  She likes to shop, so there is never a problem getting her out!  LOL MORE!  She also likes stuff.  Stuff everywhere.  I don’t like stuff.  I like organization.  Clean, neat, not a lot of STUFF!

I am having a yard sale soon.  As soon as I go through everything, everywhere!  Yesterday some furniture went in the pile.  Oh how wonderful! My Living Room opened up.  The small space looked so big.  First thing Mom says, “I want a rocking chair right here.”  ***sigh**** 

Now I must catch up on office work.  Not including all the computer time I need to catch up on.  I have been wanting to move rooms around in the house and studio, but with the limited time I am here, I just make messes.  It will happen, soon.

I’ll catch up with you  mid-week so check back!  I am moving forward with the new products in the new company.  Clothing, jewelry, tote bags, greeting cards, ACEO cards….  I can’t wait to get my hands in the stuff!  

All things worth while,sometimes, take time to grow.  Relax, don’t rush, live life and smile!  Bless someone today, OKAY!

Love and hugs,

Carla

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My post on Jan 10, 2009 started this thought process of balance in my life.  Scroll down to read it if you haven’t already.  I quoted a chapter out of Charles Swidoll’s book Active Spirituality.

Trying to get balanced without going to one extreme or another is harder than it seems.  Especially when my desire is to be in God’s will for my life.  To follow the path He would have me on.  To please Him.  On one hand, some may look at me as a fanatic.  That’s not always a bad thing, but then they see you don’t lead this so called perfect life.  It’s not easy to have it all together.  To be balanced.  People hear you profess your christianity and it seems that they instantly begin to judge you.  They are watching you.  Is this what being a christian is about?  Well, how can she say that and be doing that?  Who does she think she is?  it took me some time, but finally I’m good with not worrying about what others think.  I am human and I will make mistakes.  It’s a journey, and if I was perfect and had everything I wanted and needed, then why would I need Him?  I am okay where I’m at.  It’s on the way to where I’m going.  And He is walking with me.

So I wrote what Charles said about balance in adversity.  What about prosperity?  This is what he wrote:

But another far more subtle struggle is the opposite extreme: prosperity–when success smiles and things begin to come easily, when there’s plenty of money, when everybody applauds, when we get all our ducks in a row and the gravy starts pouring in, watch out!  That’s the time to hand tough.  Why? Because, in times of prosperity, things get complicated.  Spiritual goals get cloudy.  Integrity is on the block.  Humility is put to the test,  consistency is under the gun.  Of the two struggles, I’m convinced that prosperity is a much greater test than adversity.  It is far more deceptive.

Solomon seemed to understand this very well.

“Two things I ask of you, O Lord;  do not refuse me before I die:  Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty now riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?”  Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”  Proverbs 30:7-9

He finishes this chapter:

The man had lived enough years and had seen enough scenes to boil his petition down to two specifics:

Keep me from deceiving and lying.  Give me neither too little nor too much.

It is that second request that intrigues us, isn’t it?   That is the one he amplifies.  Wh does he resist having too little?  There would be the temptation to steal.  Whoever doubts that has never looked into the faces of his own starving children.  At that moment, feeding them could easily overrule upholding some high-and-mighty principle.  Adversity can tempt us to profane the name of our God.

And why does he fear possessing too much?  Ah, there’s the sneaky one!  It’s then–when we’re fat-‘n’-sassy–that we are tempted to yawn at spiritual things, take credit for our success, and think heretical thoughts like, “God? Aw who really needs Him?”  Prosperity can tempt us to presume on the grace of our God.  So we need balance.  The adversary of our souls is the expert of extremes.  He never runs out of ways to push us to the limit…to get us so far out on one end, we start looking freaky and sounding fanatical as we cast perspective to the winds.  

The longer I live, the more I must fight the tendency to go to extremes..and the more I value balance.

I need this so badly, hope it strikes something in you.

Lord, keep my balanced!

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Oh my!  I am so glad to go back to work.  I have become addicted to this computer.  I spend way to much time on it.  Playing games, posting pics, checking all my sites, good grief.  I have a ton of books around me all the time.  I am always picking one or two up a reading something in them.  the other day I picked up Active Spirituality  a non-devotional guide by Charles Swindoll.  This small but powerful chapter about balance I would like to share.  And possibly by typing some of it, it may actually sink in.

Balance

The longer I live the more I realize the ease with which we can slip into extremes and the harm that can do to our spiritual lives.  I see it all around me and sometimes, to my own embarrassment, I find it in myself.  A major prayer of mine as I grow older is, “Lord, keep me balanced!”

  • We need a balance between work and play (too much of either is unhealthy and distasteful).
  • We need a balance between time alone and time with others (too much of eith takes a toll on us).
  • We need a balance between independence and dependence (eith one, all alone, leads to problems).
  • We need a balance between kindness and firmness, between waiting and praying, resisting and cooperating, between saving and spending, between taking in and giving out, between wanting too much and expecting too little, between warm acceptance and keen descernment, between grace and truth.

There is more, but this is a start.  I find that when I cover myself with too much Word at one time, I can become confused and discouraged.  I like to soak on small stuff, let it sink in and begin it’s work.   Oh, I will add this other paragraph as it seems so fitting in these hard times…

When things are adverse, life gets simple; survival becomes our primary goal.  Adversity is a test on our resiliency, our creativity.  Up against it, we reach down deep into our inner character and we “gut it out”.   We hold up through the cresis by tapping into our reservoir on inner strength. 

Do you see yourself here?  Are you willing to do something about it in your life?  Is something deep inside you try to get you to HEAR IT, but you just keep ignoring it?  I do.  I must take action.  I know when I get sucked into something that throws everything off balance and my eyes focus somewhere other than God, everything becomes off balance.  Not all at once.  Slowly, little bit by little bit.  Then before you know it your standing somewhere where you had no intentions of going.  We don’t pay close enough attention to the small things and where they leed us.  

I going to watch where I am going, just today.  Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here.  Just today, I will walk with God.

Won’t you join me?

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