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about balance..i find with having a family and a father living with us( being, wife, mother and daughter)my balance is affected by family needs, the only way to manage is we get up very early, i do breakfast and make the days lunches see my husband off to work and then from 6.15 till 7.15am is my private time i can do my Bible reading etc then i wake the kids up and what i call "real life" starts and only stops again at bedtime.i am blessed with a profession( im an artist) that i can fit in inbetween..the balance seems heavy towards caring for my family but every now and again when i feel im not achieving or get frustrated i realise one has different phases in your life and this is the phase that God has given me that family is my job and to treasure it , it wil pass so swiftly.i cant work out a balance of i spend so many hours working for God and so many for home but i try to weave being a Christian into everything i do, seeing friends, working with a Church mums and tots group,being a governor at school,trying to give joy with my paintings and chatting over copious cups of tea( the cure for all ails in the uk).i read a very good saying once..it said you dont lack the discipline to get up early in the morning for a quiet time but you lack the discipline to go to bed early the night before to make the getting up early the next day possible.i fall down horribly here and often burn the candle at both ends trying to cram everything i want to into one set of 24 hours so maybe this wasnt a very useful comment on how i achieve balance but i would sincerely recommend the early mornings to anyone it starts the day off well( thats of course by the time you manage to start focussing and have had your first cup of coffee :-)

With regard to balancing work and rest in my life, I have been thinking about these words from Oswald Chambers:

"Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do. It is not a one-time experience but an ongoing process. Am I continually separating myself and looking to God every day of my life?"

With me, I think this is key: there are lots of things I like to do and many things that cry out for doing, but only a few are really needful in the eyes of the Lord.

Time is one precious comodity God's given us that we really need to ask Him how to use it.More and more we hear people wish there were more than 24hours in a day,not so sure more hours would be enough.Today the devil uses time against us,sometimes trying to balance work,family and being active in your church can be pretty daunting.I usually try to go to bed early so I can wake up early...then I pray for guidance to manage the time I've been given.Every second is precious because we'll never get it back..
God bless you all

I so struggle with this. I am blessed with my own business, I treat it as God's business and work 12-15 hours 6 days a week,sometimes 7.I trust,but sometimes if I don't work the hours I do, the business would definately fail and I struggle with whats my part and whats God's?

Reading Exodus is so powerful! Moses' story is just so wonderful! I can't stop reading it! I's be ready for a journey every day! If God would ask me to leave Den Bosch and move to another city, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I don't have travelling clothes LOL, but I am ready. Every minute of the day. I can leave, just like that.

Matthes 20:28 stood out for me "For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." ~ I absolutely believe that Jesus came to give his life for my sins. I believe that I was saved by Jesus' blood. He is my personal Saviour. Accepting Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour gave me my 'ticket to heaven'.

I love Psalm 25:7 "Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord". ~ I trust God that He washed away my sins and I trust and believe that my sins before my rebirth are gone. That's my freedom being a Christian ...

The Hebrew bible is my favorite. I love reading the history, being able to put myself in the story and trying to feel what my ancestors felt. To get into their mindset and leaving my own hermeneutics at home. I think Moses is a prime example of how our dysfunctions are TRULY not an indicator of where we are going to end up.

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I truly have a high respect for time and try with everything I have to balance and manage time. Everyday is a challenge for me, however I get up early and respect every second, minute, and hour of the day. I work hard and smart, and play soft and often.

I am always asking myself the same question if I am spending too much time at work vice spending family time and time reading and reflecting on the Bible. I don't want to look back on my life and regret the time I spent at work instead of with my family. But I do have to work to support my family. It is a tough decision to make. I talk and pray about it with my wife often. I always let my family know that I love them. I wish I could stay home all day with them and just enjoy being with them. But we were ment to be social beings and to interact with others in life. I try to bring my Christian faith and attitude to work with me and to try and pass that along to people I meet. I believe it works by the way I treat others and how they in turn treat me. this is one of the things I want to teach my children how to do because this is not a perfect world and trying to balance raising a christian family and living daily like a christian takes a lot of prayer and communication with your family. I remember a quote from a famous mathemitician (althouh I can't remember his name). he said he would rather spend all day reading scripture but since that was not possible he might as well do math. what I took from this was that we would all love to spend all day reading our bible but we have a job or a responsibility that God has called us all for in our daily lives that we must do. also I try to burn the candle at both ends often. I do believe waking early is good. it is a great time to read the bible and then to use the lessons you learned in the day you are about to begin. but I will often stay up late and then my early wake up time for bible reading gets replaced by my snooze alarm. this is an area of my life I need improvement and help with.

great readings today. i always had a kind-of respect for ants...they never stop working n they work together, its kinda neat how God made them like that...and they all look exactly alike. I've always liked Prov 6:10-11. Its very important we be hard workers, no matter where we work, wat we do, do it unto the Lord and you will find fulfillment. Doesnt matter if you have a high paying, high-skilled job, or a low-skilled min. wage job. Do it unto Him.
Remember, its a good witness! Christians should be the hardest workers! (and our hearts' motive shouldnt be solely for money, but to please God...I pray about this every day before work).

I love Ps 25:14 "The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him". this is sooo true, we have sumthing others cant attain. nonbelievers dont get it. We have His secret, how awesome! i'm keeping this short today ;)

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

“ Based on the lesson from the ant in today's Proverbs, how do you balance working hard in your life with getting proper rest and relaxation? How do you find the balance?…”

Well, let me first just say that I would rather be the weightlifting ant at the gym rather than the ant working in the coal mine anyday…lol…but that won’t pay the bills. I was into bodybuilding when I was in my 20s and 30s and I have also done manual labor. Periods of rest and relaxation are crucial if you want to be able to do either well. In my younger days it wasn’t easy working 10 hour days, going to the gym for two hours after work and then coming home and trying to spend time in God’s Word. Later on I finally got my priorities straight and the time with God became more important. It was better to skip the workouts than my devotional time. Trying to cram all of that in a 24 hour day didn’t always leave much time to get much needed sleep. Time management is not something I have always been very good at but I know that is the key to find balance in your life.


EXODUS 10:1-12:13

I love the boldness that Moses showed in speaking the Word of God on religious freedom to Pharaoh: “ Let my people go, that they may serve me “ ( 10:3 ).

Many of the plagues that the Lord put upon Egypt will also be repeated again during the coming Great Tribulation. In the case of the locusts though there will clearly be a difference. In Egypt they hurt every green thing ( 10:10-15 ) but in the Tribulation Period they will hurt men ( Revelation 9-11 ). Ironically, environmentalist extremists and Gaia Mother Earth goddess worshippers would probably be more upset by the plague in Egypt because of the harm done to the environment.

The plague of darkness, “…even darkness which may be felt “ ( 10:21 ) reminds me of the time I visited Onondaga Cave in Missouri one time. After we descended deep into the cave the tour guide turned off the light switch for a few seconds to show us what it would be like in the absolute absence of any light. It was oppressive darkness and you could actually feel it. It was totally unlike any darkness I had ever experienced. I imagine it was like this in Egypt and I also imagine that it will be like that in the “outer darkness” which Jesus spoke of ( Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:30 ) for those who end up there. As in the case of the locusts, there will be similar plague of darkness during at the outpouring of the 5th vial judgment in Great Tribulation ( Revelation 16:10 ). That darkness will be felt too because they will gnaw their tongues because of pain. All of these plagues of darkness are a taste of Hell on earth.


MATTHEW 20:1-28

What James and John suffered for the cause of Christ has been the norm for most Christians down through the Church Age. I would recommend that every Christian read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Christians have never had it so good as do so many of us here in the United States do when it comes to wealth , prosperity and religious freedom. Though I am thankful for the blessings of God that we enjoy in this country there are times when I think maybe it is a detriment. It has made us soft. We generally have no inkling of what it means to suffer for the Name of Christ. If persecution were to arise tomorrow because of the faith I don’t know that we are prepared and I am including myself when I say that.


PSALM 25:1-15

Speaking of persecution, David also knew something about that ( v.19 ).

In this passage it is also promised that we will know his will ( v. 12 ), and that we will understand the mysteries and the truth of God if we fear him ( v.14 ).


PROVERBS 6:6-11

The lesson to be learned from the ant in the proverb is that he worked hard while he had the opportunity to do so and put up in store for the day when he could not work. Likewise we as Christians should prepare for the future but live as if Jesus Christ could come back at any moment. It also reminds me of Jesus’ words, “ I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” - John 9:4 ( KJV )

If I hear a secular song that has a beautiful melody, but questionable lyrics, I like to change the words into a praise and worship song. I believe that many of the old hymns were "bar songs" redeemed with Christian lyrics.

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