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Dr. Richard Swenson wrote a book a few years ago that really challenges our normal way of life. The book is called Margin. He writes, "Margin is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating. It is the leeway we once had between ourselves and our limits." As a mother of 5, my wife Tammie is often asked how she’s doing. Since she’s started this class on tax preparation, people have asked her even more. Knowing the amount of energy it takes to be a mom for 5 kids, and knowing that she’s taken on an extra load, what they’re really wanting to know is "How is your margin? Is there leeway between what you do and your limits?"


Swenson: "Actually, margin is not a spiritual necessity. But availability is. God expects us to be available for the needs of others. And without margin, each of us would have great difficulty guaranteeing availability. Instead, when God calls, he gets the busy signal."


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