It's Time To Make Your Life More Manageable And Meaningful
- Are you a Christian women trying to live a life that honors God but caught up in the performance trap?
- Do you have a strong foundation to get you through the difficult times without becoming frantic or paralyzed?
Have you ever been called a perfectionist? How about a control freak? Do you go to bed after a busy day only to feel crushed under the guilt that you didn’t complete your to-do list? Are you tired of trying to live up to an impossible standard that can’t be met? What happens when life throws a curve ball and you miss it? Do you crumble when you lose control of it all?
Or maybe you have the opposite problem…you’re more of a free spirit and your life is anything but perfect…it’s absolute chaos and you’re fed-up with living in shambles. Has being spontaneous left you feeling more scattered than free? Do you compare yourself to others and resolve to try harder, only to fail and try to hide your shame? You can’t even manage the day-to-day messes, how are you going to cope when a crisis hits?
Whether you’re a burned-out perfectionist, a disorderly free spirit, or someone in between, you need to understand that a successful life is built on faithfulness, not accomplishments.
Stop expecting perfection and start making your life more manageable and meaningful!
God doesn’t expect perfection, just faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 4:2
It is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
A steward is a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another; a person who has charge of the household of another, buying or obtaining food, directing the servants, etc.
Everything you have belongs to God and He assigned you as steward – simply put, a MANAGER!
It’s a high calling to manage God’s stuff! One you take seriously but often wonder how to fulfill.
GET TRUTHS AND TOOLS TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
The mission of Manage Your Life Well is to provide you with resources that teach you:
TRUTHS: Biblical Principles – WHY you should do or not do certain things – based on scripture
TOOLS: Simple Step-By-Step Plans – HOW to do the essential things – lots of different ways to accomplish them
So you can…
Every life is unique and has its own set of hurdles. But there are certain principles that apply to every believer and skills that can be learned to help manage any situation in life. Life is precious! And this is the only life you get so you need to make the most of it. You need to determine how you’re going to live it so your one life is not wasted.
The first step to manage your life is to manage your SELF!
The fruit of the Spirit is...self-control.
With God’s help, once you can manage yourself, you can manage anything. Not perfectly, of course! But definitely purposefully, according to biblical principles.
Manage Your Life Well provides encouragement for Christian living, as well as guidance to help you examine the motives that direct your life.
This is the key to effective self-management — because YOUR BELIEFS AFFECT YOUR BEHAVIOR.
You’ll find biblical resources to help you work through emotional issues:
Once your emotions are under control, it is much easier to get other areas of life under control by implementing systems to keep your day-to-day affairs running smoothly. Then when the unexpected happens, your household doesn’t spin out control, neither do you!
Just as God determines structures and sets limits in His world, you need a framework for your life to help you stay on track.
You’ll find numerous step-by-step guides for a variety of systems and methods for you to choose from to help you organize the ordinary affairs of life.
Every person has a unique personality and way of doing things. There is no one-size-fits-all system so I help you create a system that's most useful for you.
You’ll also get gospel reminders that life is not about your achievements but about your identity in Christ.
The gospel message reveals your sin and inability to live up to God’s standards. It also reveals that Christ’s perfect righteousness has been imputed to you. There’s nothing else you need to do to gain or maintain God’s approval!
When you stop trying to build your own kingdom, your soul can rest!
Meet Nannette Klein
God saved me when I was 33 years old. I had been married 10 years and had two kids by then. My past was filled with sin and I was so grateful to be forgiven. But forgiveness is only the first part of salvation. It’s taken me many years to learn how to live a gospel-centered life.
As a young Christian, my behavior was not grace-based but performance-based. I trusted God for eternal life but lived like temporal life depended on me. Every time my circumstances were difficult, I wrestled with God, or just took over and tried to be god of my own life!
Maybe you can relate to some of these hardships:
- Betrayal of trust.
- Legal problems.
- Death of loved ones.
- Loss of income.
All of those occurred within three months time. I had so many emotional issues to deal with, I would not have been able to manage daily life if I hadn’t had routines and systems built into my life. I didn’t have to think about what to do or when to do it so I was able to pour my energies into the more important issues, the urgent ones that appeared so suddenly.
But even though I kept the home and family running on systems, I was struggling spiritually.
Just like you, I was wearing a lot of hats at that time: wife, mother, sister, daughter, employee, volunteer, etc. I was juggling many responsibilities at once and struggling to keep up with all of them. Many times I failed…as I’m sure you have too.
But failure is not a permanent label for me. I learned from most of my mistakes and the gospel message reminds me that life is not just a ledger of failures and successes.
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
God Transformed Me
It wasn’t intentional, nor was I conscious of it, but I spent most of my life as a perfectionist. I didn’t realize how I got that way or the harm in it until my world was turned upside down. God allowed circumstances in my life that showed me I was not able to control everything in life and that I had more faith in myself than in Him!
I had to learn that life is not about perfection, but about perseverance – regardless of circumstances.
We are not released from our responsibilities during difficult times. Nor are we required to take on every responsibility.
I went through a decade of trials, one on top of another. Major relationship conflicts, financial losses, terminal illness and multiple deaths in the family. Each new trial only compounded the previous ones that were still ongoing!
It was hard to stay hopeful. Hard to keep going when I was so physically and emotionally exhausted and one day just bled into the next.
I was not in control of my life and frustrated. I was weary and tempted to just quit. But that would mean failure as a drop-out. Failure of any kind was the one thing I feared most.
I felt it was my responsibility to take care of everyone and everything. I was crushed under the weight of extra burdens all because I took on roles that did not belong to me. All in the attempt to force life to work the way I believed it should.
The control freak in me would not give up. I was drowning in “busy”ness, but much of it was unproductive and unnecessary. It took a toll on my attitude, my relationships, and my health.
I had to get over my underlying belief that life was about my control, accomplishments and fulfillment. I was fearful and insecure and had the mindset that “if it’s to be then it’s up to me.” I was caught up in a vicious cycle of one wrong attitude after another that always led back to a WRONG FOCUS ON SELF.
I was only burning myself out and would not be useful to anyone if I didn’t change.
It was during that long season of difficult situations that I learned the most valuable lessons.
My frustration, anxiety and fears showed me how helpless I was and drove me to let go of control and ask God what He wanted me to do. I learned the inductive bible study method and began studying biblical counseling to see what God had to say about my problems.
As I learned how to apply scripture to my specific emotions and situations, I learned to trust Him with every area of my life and my faith grew and my anxiety ceased. What I heard was true! God's Word is sufficient for every area of life. After years of frustration, heartache and tears, hours and hours of bible study and prayer, God began to transform me. He taught me to be more like Jesus.
- To be like a child trusting in the Father’s wisdom instead of trusting in myself.
- To fulfill God’s plans for each day instead of pursuing my own agenda.
- To become a better servant to others instead of obsessing about myself.
But being a better servant meant doing the right things at the right time and for the right reasons.
That’s wisdom I gained through my biblical counseling studies, as well as the rough road of personal experience. My motives had to align with God’s in order to determine what things in life were most important and how to focus on them—and what things were secondary (or useless) and set them aside for a time, or eliminate them from life altogether.
The self-reliant, self-driven perfectionist had to die in order for the servant to emerge.
Why I Started This Site
At Manage Your Life Well I share the valuable lessons I’ve learned and the wisdom I’ve gained to help you avoid some of life’s pitfalls, and recover quickly when the unexpected arrives.
Time and experience are the tools God uses to change us into mentors and comforters of others. Endurance not only matures us, it equips us to help others! And that’s what I want my life to be about, helping others.
Life is a non-renewable resource that can be spent one of two ways: wasted or invested.
I don’t want my mistakes to be wasted. My mistakes and lessons learned can be your teachers! I want to invest my life in others, including you. Let’s start by helping you establish a life plan that will set you up for success. This guide will help you identify simple ways to invest your time wisely and eliminate distractions.
Enter your best email to get my FREE Quick Start Life Plan Workbook to help you define what’s most important, based on God’s plan for your life–so you can work on the best and let go of the rest!
Discover How To Set And Achieve The RIGHT Goals Faster Than You
Grab your FREE Quick Start Life Plan Workbook
and learn how to
START LESS and FINISH MORE today!
Simple step-by-step guide to transform your life so you can
live with wisdom, confidence and intention!
Are you a perfectionist? Start Here: Warning: Ignoring Perfectionism Could Seriously Damage Your Health
Are you a free-spirit? Start Here: Life Management – What No One Else Is Talking About