Tears threaten to break through.
Through the wall I’ve spent a lifetime building.
Building to protect my heart.
I’m overwhelemed. Yet I don’t ask for help.
I’m tired. Yet I spend hours awake worried.
I’m sad. Yet I put on a happy face.
It’s time to lay it down.
At the feet of Jesus.
And not pick it up again.
Bottom line, the weight of the world (or just of my family) became a burden I didn’t hand over to God. Overwhelming. The summer did not provide much of a break or rest for me. When I did have down time, I allowed my fear to keep me from true rest. I did not trust. My wake up call came during our homeschool convention as I prepared for a new school year. Keyword: NEW. I need new. I need to put old things away and leave my worries in the hands of Christ.
Overwhelmed is defined as “to overcome completely in mind or feeling.”
When you feel overwhelmed, you’ve forgotten who has already overcome.
5 ways to overcome overwhelmed:
- Give Thanks. Even if you don’t feel like it. Especially if you don’t feel like it. Gratitude helps us get the focus off ourselves.
- Call on the Lord. Pray. Continually.
- Find your freedom in Him. He will deliver and set you free. (Psalm 118: 5 and 2 Corinthians 1:10)
- Follow Him to safety and rest. When the weight of the World overwhelms, his yoke is light.
- Remember WHO is the one who overcomes! When we try to overcome on our own, we become overwhelmed.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The LORD is on my side as my helper; It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. Psalm 118:1, 5-8
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Psalm 61:1-3
For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1: 8-11
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30