Abundant Living on a 24-Hour Clock – Part 1

As a woman of God, you want to be all that God has created you to be. You strive to be the best mom possible. You aspire to be a strong support to your husband. You want to make a difference in your workplace. You long for friendships that are rich in depth and meaning. You want to discover your God-given purpose and then fulfill it. You desire the abundant life that God has promised us.

But…who has time for all that abundant living?

Creating a balanced life is not easy. But you are not alone! For centuries, women have been expected to “do it all.” Take the Proverbs 31 woman, for example:

–       She does the grocery shopping (vs. 14).

–       She sews, cooks and cleans (vs. 15, 27).

–       She works and, in fact, owns her own business (vs. 16, 18, 19, and 24).

–       She gives of herself to do the work of ministry (vs. 20).

–       She studies the Word of God (vs. 26).

–       She builds a healthy relationship with her husband and children (vs. 28).

This godly woman is who we strive to be! Just like you, she only had 24 hours in the day to experience abundant living. So, if she could do it, then you can too!

Over the next couple of weeks, we will look at some strategies to help you manage your time so that, like the Proverbs 31 woman, you can have a life of balance and abundance:

Strategy #1: Remove the Superwoman Cape

As women, it is natural for us to take on more than we can handle. We often want to be “everything to everyone,” which can lead to trouble. The first key to creating a life of balance is acknowledging that you don’t have to do it all! You have a God who cares for you and He will meet all of your needs. So rest in the fact that God’s got your back!

Make a commitment today that you will be simply who God wants you to be – not who you or anyone else thinks you should be. Make the decision that your time will not be directed by guilt, manipulation, or compulsion.

In prayer, ask the Lord to show you if your emotions or thoughts have a negative effect on how you spend your time; ask Him to align your actions with His will.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this! As a young mom this is something I have struggled with on a daily basis. I am doing my best to give it to God and move past my own expectations. I know God would never give me more than I can handle but sometimes I give myself more than I can handle. I’m going to try your suggestions. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Aimie, thanks so much for your honesty – this is a struggle that so many of us women easily fall into. The world sends the message that we should be “perfect” in every area of life…but thanks to Jesus and what He has done for us, we no longer have to carry that burden of being perfect! May you continue to walk in joy and peace, as you are a continual blessing to your family!

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