Establishing a Habit of Balance

Establishing a habit of balance means taking the time to recognize the priorities in your life and portioning your time and resources accordingly. Read more at


I long for a more balanced life, don’t you?

We live in a society that is constantly racing towards bigger and better things.

People are more connected and, sadly, more isolated than ever before.

The standard we set for ourselves is perfection, and anything less than that is absolute failure.

I am constantly resisting the urge to go beyond the limits God has placed in my life because I relish in the feeling I get when I am able to do it all!

The problem is that I can’t find a way to do it all each and every day without severe consequences. Establishing a habit of balance isn’t optional, it is absolutely necessary!


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Sarah Koontz

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Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life.

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24 thoughts on “Establishing a Habit of Balance

  1. Thanks, Sarah for sharing this! What an important concept in a world where “i can do all thing through Christ” has been used to justify/keep us running ragged and “happy” about it. What an eyeopener when I realized the verse follows an exposition on being Content in all situations.
    Would love to hear any practical tips you have on implementing Rest!
    *ps, the photos are gorgeous, did you make them?

    1. Jasmine, the photography is amazing, isn’t it? I loved the extra layer it added to this article.

      It is a ballerina in Moscow at sunrise. I found them at Dollar Photo Club {my favorite place to find photography for my web sites}.

      Rest is so important, I have written on it here: What is True Rest? And I am certain I will be writing more on the subject in the future {including more practical tips}!

  2. Lovely photos — they have such a sense of ethereal grace.

    I very much agree with you on the sense of balance — and our culture, indeed, is a challenging one in which to practice this. In the search for truth, much time needs to be spent reviewing truths of our individual cultures, and determining just how true they are. (This is extra challenging because our religious arena is smack dab in the middle of worshiping the “truths” of our culture.)

    1. Thank you for taking notice of the pictures. I spend a lot of time finding photography that moves me and fits the message I am trying to share. I agree with you that it is so difficult to differentiate where culture ends and Christianity begins. Balance will always be a battle, but it is well worth the effort.

  3. Your post really resonated with me, as I have just discovered recently how much better I do if I go to bed early and get up early (I know, it’s not rocket science, but new for me!), yet this past week I consistently went to bed late, and I have now ended up ill with a virus, and feeling really run down. Thank you for sharing the wisdom about balance!

    1. Sometimes the most basic things are also the most difficult things. We all know we need sleep, but we live in a society that pushes us to work harder and work longer. I just watched a periscope by Ruth Soukup on 3 things you can do right now to have more balance, and I think you would really enjoy it, Gwen. Here is the link: Blessings to you!

  4. This message is true regardless of the season of life we are in, the projects we undertake and the challenges we face! Timeless message, thanks for sharing! I was particularly challenged to consider the price we pay for not having balance. We can be aware of what is crumbling but to pause and intentionally consider the cost – very powerful process!

    1. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this article. Balance will always be a life goal of mine, and I feel I am better just because I am seeking it. Unfortunately, the consequences of an unbalanced life are often delayed and sometimes the cost is high by the time we actually figure it out. That is why I believe it is an important subject to write about and openly discuss with others. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Wow, I just can’t get enough of hearing about the importance of rest. Our culture puts so much value into being busy, anytime this need for rest is affirmed it blesses me! This is a great reminder of what is important and that we don’t need to run ourselves ragged to have a meaningful life. Also, your pictures are gorgeous!!

    1. Rest is a four letter word in our culture, isn’t it. The constant desire to do more and be more can rob us of the beauty that comes when we embrace our limitations and enjoy rest. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this article, thank you for taking the time to comment.

    1. I am so glad you found me too 😉 I am looking forward to connecting with you on social media and getting to know you better, Lauren! Balance IS such an important skill to develop if we want to be successful at life.

    1. Balancing life with kids is super challenging, isn’t it Michelle? I am always trying to re-work life so it isn’t so hectic and demanding on our family. Thanks for taking the time to swing by and add to the conversation!

  6. I would choose balance over busyness now if only I could make it happen! 🙂 Thank you for giving me a place to start! Thank you so much for sharing this on Making Memories Mondays!! I am so glad that you came!

    1. It is definitely more difficult to find balance in certain seasons of life, especially when you have young children. I think that recognizing the importance of balanced living and doing everything within our power to pursue it is more important than actually achieving it. Thanks for the awesome linkup opportunity and for taking the time to visit my blog.

  7. Wow! Sarah, your life as well as your words are such a great inspiration to me. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful and much needed message. GOD bless you, beautiful friend! 🙂

  8. I am thinking becoming more balanced will be a good theme for me in 2016. I did a lot of things for other people in 2015 and have needed the last 2 months of the year to recuperate! As a Christian, I feel like I get this message to serve others, but it ends up coming at a cost of my well-being. Praying that God shows me how to serve others AND take care of myself!

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