“Our problem,” Tricia Goyer writes in her book Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom,
“is that we fill before we form. Balance means forming before filling. It means planning what we want the world we’re creating to look like, making sure we have our territories, boundaries, and calendar white space in place before we start scheduling in.”
This, she explains, is what God did when he created the world. And this, she adds, is what can give balance to our lives.
I am reminded of David A. Bednar’s talk Pray Always in which he adds that the earth was created spiritually before it was created physically. Through prayer we can spiritually create out day.
As I sit here lots of ideas for projects are swirling around in my head. But I can’t do all of them.
Julie B. Beck has taught: “A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart yearns to do. Life is not calm for most women, and each day seems to require the accomplishment of a million things, most of which are important… But with personal revelation, she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently.”
So I’m setting some time aside to spiritually create my day through prayer than planning it out on paper.
I’m experimenting with ical calendar app as an aid to plan my week. Creating my week on paper–like Heavenly Father planned the earth before creating it–helps me know where I’m going in my week and have more control over it.
I love the colours and the new ‘quick event’ features in ical. I also love that I can drag events from one day to the next if I didn’t get to it.
Here are some excellent talks on focus and priorities in life. I’m going to be reading, watching or listening to these today as I do some mundane necessary tasks (like cleaning house :)) I encourage you to do the same–they are all awesome talks!
- Of Things That Matter Most
- Reflections on a Consecrated Life
- Good, Better, Best
- Focus and Priorities
- Keeping Life’s Demands in Balance