Sometimes it looks as if the other side is having much more fun. You are the responsible one, the one who cares for others, gives money and time to the needy but sometimes you may feel a little cheated. Gone are those carefree days of your youth where your only concern was of yourself. If you seek adventure and freedom read on and lets get to the root of the issue.
I am a mom of four that means lots of time spent managing other little people. Some days I find myself daydreaming of what it was like with no responsibility for anyone other than myself. Instead of looking for that adventure and freedom I find it helpful to figure out what is behind those feelings.
Too busy of a schedule:I've did it again and filled every minute of the week with things to do or over committed. Between my children's activities, church, work and house work my week doesn't have a lot of flexibility. To help me be less busy I find it helpful to take time to write a priority list.
Have to be done today: Family movie night, Dinner, Dishes
Things I would like to accomplish if their is spare time: Laundry, Blog post
This will often provide clarity on what needs to be done and can help carry you for that day. If your worries for more than a day have you down make a list and then pray over it asking God for wisdom.
Look at your sleep habits for the last 3 nights? If you have gone to bed 30 minutes later or more your probably feeling it. If your not sleeping well or haven't gotten between 8-10 hours your body and mind is pretty tired. Your ability to cope with your day will be lessened. Also you set yourself up to be not as ready for Satan's attacks.
Priority one should be quick nap this afternoon or an extra 30 in bed tonight. Stay hydrated and eat well today. It will help with your energy levels.
Longing after sin:
I've done it and I'm sure you have too. You want what the world portray's as fun, innocent, harmless and everyone is doing it. You know better but your mind is wondering if your missing out on something?
Here are a couple of verses to help you remember who's you are. You can often find encouragement to keep doing good by going back to the bible. Remember their are always consequences to every action, wither it be good or bad. Often we find ourselves feeling like we are are the outside looking in because we choose a harder walk.
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.
Soon the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone.
The lowly will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity.
The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.
But the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming.
The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right.But their swords will stab their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich.
For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly.Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough. But the wicked will die.
The LORD’s enemies are like flowers in a field—they will disappear like smoke.
The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.
Those the LORD blesses will possess the land, but those he curses will die.
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever. For the LORD loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.
The godly will possess the land and will live there forever. The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong. They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path.
The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them.But the LORD will not let the wicked succeed or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.
Put your hope in the LORD. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed. I have seen wicked and ruthless people flourishing like a tree in its native soil. But when I looked again, they were gone! Though I searched for them, I could not find them!
Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace. But the rebellious will be destroyed; they have no future.
The LORD rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble. The LORD helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.
Hopefully this helps to remind you of the cost. Their is always a cost of doing what is right. Their however is one really big benefit, eternal life. If being close to someone who is sinning or something you lust after is causing you to want to sin maybe it's time to put a little distance between you two?
Matthew 10:28: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.