Posts Tagged ‘balance’

Tune My Senses

It’s happening again.

I’m doing what I said I wasn’t going to do:

let life get way out of balance –

I mean – WAY out of balance.

I love what I do

I don’t consider it a job because I enjoy it so much,

but usually I let it consume me and my time –

especially at this time of year.

It’s something I’ve struggled with for what seems too long.

 I even started this year with a new resolve:

to balance family, home, work, church

but, sigh . . .


About a month ago, a friend asked me if I had seen my hellebores blooming.

Oh my gosh, had I missed the first blossoms of spring?

As a self-proclaimed beauty-seeker, I was mad at myself.

How had my schedule become so full of to do’s that I had forgotten how to just be?

How had my focus become so narrow that I had forgotten to really see?

I ran out with camera in hand

hunting for beauty

and found it –

there on the hillside covered in lovely blossoms

dangling downward

Lenten roses


Such a good reminder to live life slow

not as if life is an emergency;

to take the time to seek and see the beauty that’s right before me

and to thank God for each gift


Time is one of those gifts

and though it seems there is never enough of it,

every morning I need a reminder

that God has given me enough time

it’s all how I use it,

not how it uses me.

So a new resolve stirs to slow and be in the moment,

to balance, but always seek Him first,

and to be tuned in to the grace-shower that follows.


‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
    and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
    for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

– Hosea 10:12




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Blog work

 among my favorite things i love about gardening are the tools – especially the old, weathered, well-seasoned ones

i use them to work the earth in the spring, to dig weeds in the summer, and to rake in the fall

the humble hoe, spade, or rake. . . they are all symbols of work

because gardening is work


i’ve been thinking about the changes i want to make this year

 they all take work!


eating healthy means my will power is working overtime

getting fit is work – that’s why it’s called a workout!

trying to keep life balanced takes daily effort

more God and less me is a constant struggle

where’s the easy button?


i find the following passage in Ephesians a source of comfort and encouragement:

‘Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think’ -Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

his mighty power

infinitely more



don’t try to make changes in your life on your own

God is the easy button!

it still is work, but God is at work within us

that’s powerful

that’s grace


so let’s do this!

make some changes in your life

let’s start right now

with God all things are possible

– Tracy

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