Your own business, family, daily life: How to balance it all

If you are a woman with a business at home, it can be challenging to balance it all – spending time with God and your family, doing daily chores (washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning, running errands, etc.), working on your business, going for coffee or out to eat with with your girlfriends, volunteer activities, etc.

The key to “balance,” or as my friend Coach Kate Powers likes to say, “harmony,” is doing what really matters.

In the story of Jesus having dinner with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (Luke 10:42), Martha became frustrated because she was busy getting things ready for the meal and her sister Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet. In Martha’s eyes, Mary was “wasting time.” But Jesus rebuked Martha and told her that Mary had chosen the one necessary thing on her “to do” list, the part that would not be taken away from her. I.e., Mary was doing what really matters.

When we take time each day to spend time at Jesus’ feet, God will give us the wisdom, direction and strength we need each day for our lives and for our business. He will help us to balance all we have to do. Jesus understands how hectic it can be. Look at all He did in a single day ~ taught His disciples, healed the multitudes, did miracles, delivered the oppressed! He knew how important it was to set time aside with God for his business.

God is the best business consultant or coach there is! After all, it’s HIS business.

Your business is a gift to the world to help others and glorify God. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” ~ James 1:17, NIV

Find out what God wants you to do in your business for the coming year. Set aside a day to spend time with Him with your Sharpie pen and paper, your laptop, your Daytimer and/or calendar. Let God help you plan your year. Each day in 2012, come to God first. Sit at Jesus’ feet and let Him speak to your heart about your business, what His agenda is for you that day. Then you will see great success when you walk in obedience to Him!

“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.” Isaiah 1:19, NIV

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