Continue in God’s Goodness: Balanced Challenge Day 1

PrioritiesI picked up a copy of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer last week. It was a good price and–though not a Mom–I’m always interesting in balance and centre in my work at home.

Her work at home is as a writer so I went over to her website to see what she had written and discovered she had this 11-day Balance Challenge based on her book starting the next week.

Now I’m good at reading books but lately I haven’t been so good at applying the good ideas all these marvellous books offer.  I want to be more intentional about that.

So I signed up for the challenge.


Chapter One is about determining your priorities as the basis of a balanced life.  One way to determine your priorities is to ask the question “Where do you want your family to be in 5 or 10 years?”

If I was a parent family prayer and scripture study, family home evening, family dinner and bedtime stories would be a priority.

As an individual without my own family my priorities are not as immediately identifiable–sometimes it’s easier to see how to help others grow than yourself.

However resources rush to mind when I think about the priorities that matter most.  And through the information flooding my mind one scripture stands out.  A beatitude given in the Doctrine and Covenants.

A message for each of us.

1) Continue in My Goodness

“Blessed are ye,” the Lord said to Joseph Smith in 1832, “if ye continue in my goodness.”

The word ‘goodness’ has become diluted over the years.  In old English ‘good’ was ‘god with a long O’ and connoted such ideas as kindliness and unity.

To me two beautiful quotes express what the Lord’s “goodness” means.  The first, is Matthew Henry’s commentary on why Eve was created from Adam’s rib.  Jesus, as the second Adam, the symbolic bridegroom of Israel fits the quote beautifully.

“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

Does not Christ do the same for us?

And the second is about marriage between spouses which, again, can be applied to how the Saviour treats each of us.

If you want something to last forever,” F. Burton Howard says, ” you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.”

So that’s the first thing I want to do…Continue in His Goodness through nurturing my relationship with him. And because I do that I will have his power to…

2) Walk as a Disciple this includes being a wise steward of his gift entrusted to me…this life.  Like Jesus I would like to be a wise steward of my energy, time, finances, and reach out to bless others lives.

Action Steps

Today I will continue in His goodness and walk as a disciple by…

  • Morning Prayer and Journaling (this blog post counts as journaling).
  • Reading about his character (I’m in the Psalms at the moment)
  • Nourish my body with healthy food (and healthy-ish dessert Black Bean Brownies!)
  • Read uplifting book on the way to work–at the moment a biography of maybe-relative John Newton (part of my goal to be more intentional in my reading)
  • Work at my day job
  • Write (as that is a wonderful way to learn!)
  • Prep for my Family History class on Thursday (teaching how to upload photos and documents to FamilySearch Family Tree which helps preserve memories and share heritage)
  • Ask at the end of the day “Have I seen the hand of the Lord reach out to me today?” and write it down so I will remember.

This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too!