balanceSince it seems to be the “thing” now to avoid a list of New Year’s Resolutions and instead focus on a single word, I spent much of the past week thinking and praying about what this new year held. With one child graduating and needing job support as she transitions to life after school … and another child in the middle of a college search … and guardianship reports coming due … and a flood of day job work to finance those future tuition bills … AND my first contracted book to edit, launch, and market while writing another story …


I will need balance so I don’t invest in one area and neglect another. A balance between producing and promoting my written work. A balance between work and family. A balance between learning new skills and applying them. A balance between pushing forward toward my goals and taking time to rest and recharge my internal creative well. A balance between putting down deep faith roots and branching out to serve others.


In addition to meaning the bringing into or maintaining a state of equilibrium between two equal opposing forces, balance also means the power or means to decide. To consider and compare or assess (like weighing the pros and cons before making a choice.)

Balance in my crazy-busy life therefore also requires wisdom. Something I seem to lack when I need it most. But, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV)

Whew! I think I just might be able to find balance in 2015 with God’s help.

What about you? If you picked one word to summarize your upcoming year, what would it be? Relationships? Nourish? Joy? Courage?

One Word for 2015 – Balance
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