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Staying Balanced and Watching Our Words – Thursday July 2 Devotions

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I’ve heard it said many times that “Balance is the key to life.” I frequently struggle with maintaining balance in many areas of life, as I tend to overdo it in some cases, or not do enough other times.

 

Right now, in post-surgery recovery mode, I’m still trying to find that balance between what I can safely do now with my right hand. For instance, I can now type with my right hand (but not my thumb), thanks to this smaller thumb brace and compression glove–but too much typing makes my hand ache. I can pick up very lightweight items between my thumb and forefinger, like papers and magazines, but the weight of my cell phone is still too heavy!

 

 

But anyway, I hope you benefit from today’s devotional thoughts! 🙂

 

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“What we all must learn is BALANCE.

On one hand, we must not be harsh and hard. But on the other hand, we must not be weak and excessively soft.

 

We must not be irritable and impatient, flying off the handle and acting out of emotion. On the other hand, we must not be so mild mannered that we become doormats and whipping posts for those who will take advantage of us if we give them a chance.

 

There is a time to ‘not be angry’ and there is a time to display righteous indignation.

 

It is wisdom to know when to do which.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

 

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“As a Christian, you have an awesome responsibility with regard to the words you speak. The Bible tells us that words are containers for power–either creative or destructive. You can tear down or build up the people around you by what you say.

 

There is an abundance of discouragement coming from the world, but you have the great privilege of bringing encouragement to others by being positive in a negative world.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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-1- Ah yes, finding the proper balance is a challenging task! I like that final sentence about using “wisdom to know when to do which” in terms of finding the proper balance.

 

-2- I’ve never been a fan of that old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That’s so not true! Emotional scars from careless, mean-spirited words certainly DO hurt and those wounds often last as long as or even longer than physical ones. That’s why we need to be so careful about what we say!

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you struggle to find and maintain balance in your life?

 

Do you agree that words can be either creative or destructive?

 

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20 Comments

  1. Sandy KS

    I do believe words can hurt or build someone up.

    I have been having issues with finding balance with my teenage daughter for two years. Things were at the point she was physically assaulting me to the point I could not move my arms very much with out pain. I am thankful today she is not that same girl. Balance was found through many prayers and tears.

    I believe one must fight for what they believe and pray to the Lord above to help when we feel like we are failing. He helped my family find balance. That I will always be thankful for.

    02 . Jul . 2015
  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    It really depends on the day with me. Some days I have complete balance – others not so much.

    02 . Jul . 2015
  3. Laurel Regan

    I agree that both balance and being careful with our words are so important. So many people seem to forget the second one when it comes to communicating on social media! Thanks for this thoughtful post.

    02 . Jul . 2015
  4. Melinda

    Yes, very true. Words have power.

    02 . Jul . 2015
  5. Alana

    It is so hard to find balance in my life right now between work and family obligations. And, adding to the mix, there is a family member who can be disruptive, causing grief and pain for other family members, saying very hurtful things. So, our quest for balance continues.

    02 . Jul . 2015
  6. Liz Mays

    I feel the same way you do about that sticks and stones saying. I’ve always felt like it was off base. Bones heal, but emotional scars never do.

    02 . Jul . 2015
  7. Heather

    Words do hurt…they sting and its hard for you to get over. I do agree as Christians we need to be that positivity others can’t see. Inspiring post!

    03 . Jul . 2015
  8. Jerusha (TheDisneyChef.com)

    I was never so conscious about my words until I had children. Now I am so careful about what to say, both because of what I never want them to hear, and because I never want them to think it’s OK to say themselves. Thank you for this wonderful article. – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

    03 . Jul . 2015
  9. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    All life is balance. Finding it isn’t the hardest part, its keeping it. Sounds like you’re on the right path though.

    03 . Jul . 2015
  10. Francene Stanley

    Maintaining the balance between a harsh and a soft attitude is so hard at times. I find it one of my most difficult challenges.

    03 . Jul . 2015
  11. Elizabeth O.

    Oh yes, words do hurt and you are right, the pain stays longer. I used to be tactless, but through the years, I’ve learned to be careful with what I say, so I won’t hurt others.

    03 . Jul . 2015
  12. Joan Harrington

    Hi K Lee 🙂
    Enjoyed your inspirational post today, thank you as always 🙂
    We must learn how to balance everything in our lives and never ever give up!

    03 . Jul . 2015
  13. amar naik

    so true. your posts are inspiring. balancing is important in life

    03 . Jul . 2015
  14. Ashley

    Balance is such a hard thing for me too! Some times I feel like I totally got it down! Other times, I’m completely overwhelmed. Scheduling and routines help me most!

    Feel better!

    03 . Jul . 2015
  15. Patranila

    We’re all busy so we all struggle with balanced lives. Good luck with your recovery!

    03 . Jul . 2015
  16. Shonda

    Balance is tough even for the most organize person. Unless you are single, with a very routine job or none at all, then your life is going to bring about things that cause it to be unbalanced at times. Kids, spouse, home, fun, all of life’s components. We can seek balance, but sometimes it will fall to one side.

    03 . Jul . 2015
  17. Linda

    Balancing my daily tasks is a challenge as I am so weighted down with responsibility that I rarely get a break. I do have a horse and ride every day and that sort of balance is achievable. It feels good even if only for a while.

    03 . Jul . 2015
  18. Jason Young

    I really agree with this. Especially as you get older you learn to find that comfortable medium and it’s not as bad as you thought when you were younger.

    04 . Jul . 2015
  19. Tina

    Very Inspirational. I agree with you.

    04 . Jul . 2015
  20. michelle co

    I can surely use this devotionals and this post is very inspiring, i must say.

    07 . Jul . 2015

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