5 Things God Uses to Grow our FaithSuperDad and I are currently working through Andy Stanley’s book called [amazon_link id=”0310324181″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith[/amazon_link] with our Sunday evening Life Team. It talks about the five most common aspects in one’s life that God has used to develop and strengthen our walk with Him. We finished up session four last night as we talked about “Private Disciplines.” You know, those private spiritual disciplines such as prayer and tithing and how they can grow our faith. The lesson begins with a short DVD message from Andy Stanley and there was one line that stuck with me as we listened.

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We will run out of time before we run out of money.
~ Andy Stanley

Ouch! I have mentioned this before because it is a struggle I have over and over again, but here I am thinking I am doing my children a justice by trying to add to the family income. I work my fingers to the bone typing up reviews, blog posts, email, Twitter tweets, Facebook updates… I am sure you understand. Marketing myself and my blog as much as I can to generate the traffic I need to make the money I desire. And then, I hear this and I am, once again, brought back to that realm of “mom guilt.” Sigh!

I do not want to run out of time with my kids. They grow up so fast already and I want to savor every moment of their preciousness. But… at the same time… if I am not here at home working then I would have to find a way to compensate an income away from home, right? Then I really would miss out on things. Is this what Andy Stanley was talking about? Or, was he referring more the time I do not spend alone with God?

Now, THAT I can work on! I used to have a much better designated time for prayer and Bible study. I have gotten away from it simply because of adding a few more kids and, thus, a bit more activities. Not that I should make excuses by any means, it simply happened that way. So, realizing that my time is worth so much more than my money, especially to both God and my family, I am trying to make a conscious effort to respond to both when called. With God that means giving Him my first time fruits rather than my last. Typically I resort to praying and praying as I climb into bed until the point of exhaustion. How fair is that? Shouldn’t I be able to give Him the first few minutes of my day after waking up? {Well, not the first few minutes because I am not a morning person and He may not want those… but at least within the first hour!} 🙂

Somewhere in the great realm of things there must be balance. I must work but I must serve. I must work but I must play. I must work but I must give. It can all balance itself out when managed correctly. I must figure out that balance and live as though it is the people in my life that matter most… not the money I think makes them happy. Does that mean I quit what I am doing? Well, no, I simply have to learn to stop for a minute and take care of their needs {and my own} first. That will bring both peace and happiness to whole circle of things. Besides, with God there is always joy. I want that joy that comes from giving of myself and my time to God.

I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.
~John 15: 11

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