Friday, August 11, 2017

Where to turn when you're overwhelmed!

by Victoria Duerstock

It doesn't take long to feel overwhelmed in our daily lives.  Moms especially, while the masters of juggling many things, often find ourselves past our breaking point and feeling burnt out.  I'm not sure about you, but it tends to sneak up on me when I least expect it.  I seem to be able to manage many moving parts in general but one unexpected event, or added responsibility can cause me to teeter off.

What can we do when feel that the walls are collapsing in around us?  Running away is not the answer, although in many ways it feels like a viable option. Instead we have to turn to the Source of our strength and lean in to His power when we find ourselves at the end of our ropes.

Whether we are feeling financial or emotional pressure, marriage strain or any other myriad of other things, one constant remains.  

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change 
James 1:17

In a world that changes frequently and people fail us, putting our trust and hope in the One who never changes and never fails us. 

Practical tips that help bring balance:
  • Take your time to sit and reflect on God's Scripture. Read your Bible friends!  Fill your mind with truth.  Many times when we are stressed and overwhelmed, we can usually find our minds dwelling on the wrong things.  Reading God's Word will get our minds back and centered on Christ.
  • Brain dump.  Seriously write it all down.  All the things rattling around in your mind. The things that distract you and overwhelm you. Write it down. 
  • Spend time praying about the things that you know have bothered you and ask God to order your day.

While this doesn't make our problems and difficulties go away, putting our mind in proper order to face whatever it is in our path will make the burdens much easier to bear.

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