Leaving a Margin


by Gail Rodgers

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down” (Proverbs 14:1)

She confided that life just seemed to be fraying around the edges, especially in her home.  As we talked it was clear that the frenzied pace she kept was taking a toll on her home. “I love to be busy”, she said. Yet the fruit of that busyness was not the fruit she desired for her home and family.

When we live at a pace that continually drains us we end up taking it out on those closest to us. Complaining, frustration and lack of patience can surface all too often. As women we can actually be tearing down relationships by our own hand and not even be aware we are doing so. A wise woman will take note of her reactions and make a choice to be a builder.

If your quiet time with God has slipped by the wayside of your life it won’t be long before you notice the tell-tale reactions of complaining, negativity and frustration in your life and relationships.

Ask God to help you keep some margin in your life so you are not running to the max all the time. Learn to choose your time investments carefully.

Ask God to come in a fresh way into your life to help you make time with Him a priority. Choose to make some changes in your schedule so God can make some changes in your heart. Invite His Holy Spirit to be the change agent in your life today. Ask for what the Bible calls the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) It’s “The Great Exchange.” He will help you build your relationships. You can depend on God to be your source for all your needs.

  •     Exchange your weakness for His strength.
  •     Exchange your unsatisfied heart for His joy.
  •     Exchange your annoyance with His love.
  •     Exchange your anxiety with His peace.
  •     Exchange your impatience for His patience.
  •     Exchange your complaining for His contentment.
  •     Exchange your harsh attitude for His gentleness.

Father in Heaven, Today I ask that You would forgive me for foolishly reacting in ways that can tear my relationships down. Fill me afresh today with the fruit of Your Holy Spirit. May I be a wise woman filled with the wisdom and revelation that Your Spirit offers me. Help me to choose my activities carefully and to leave some margin in my life for rest. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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