feeling overwhelmed

Life is hard. I think we can all pretty much agree on that one. I really struggle with feeling overwhelmed on a regular basis.

Parenting.

Painting.

Blogging.

Challenge groups.

Parenting.

Keeping our house functional.

Cleaning.

Laundry.

Cooking.

Grocery shopping.

Wife-ing (it’s a word, promise).

Friendships.

Church volunteering.

Parenting.

All very good things…but there are a lot of them. So I feel overwhelmed. Is that a normal feeling to have? That’s something I struggle with.

Sometimes I wonder if I am truly overwhelmed or am I getting caught up in the feeling of being overwhelmed? Am I choosing to let “overwhelmed” define me and then wallowing in it?? I’m not sure if that makes sense, so let me try to explain.

I’m trying to clean up around the house while simultaneously breaking up a fight between the boys while supper is cooking and a layer of paint is drying on the painting I need to finish. AHH! Brain explosion! This is craziness. What am I doing to myself?! There’s not enough time in the day for this. I don’t know how to do it all. I CAN’T DO IT ALL. MY LIFE IS TOO HARD. WOE IS ME.

See how the crazy train starts spiraling out of control? I think it’s perfectly fine and normal to feel a little overwhelmed on occasion, but at some point that feeling has gotten out of hand and I am choosing to live out of an emotion instead of the truth. I start focusing on all of my circumstances and get caught up in them. And that’s not a healthy way to live. More importantly that’s not the way God intended for me to live.

He says to cast my worries and troubles on Him because He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7).

He says to come to Him when I’m weary and He will give me rest (Matthew 11:28).

He says that I am seated (resting) with Him in Heaven (Ephesians 2:6).

That’s where I need to be turning when that overwhelmed feeling kicks in. Instead of choosing to live and focus on that emotion, I can choose to focus on TRUTH. That sounds a lot better.

We’ve all heard it said before that God won’t give you more than you can handle. Well that is definitely not true. Life in general is WAY more than I can handle, and I really have a pretty easy life compared to a lot of other people. But I wasn’t meant to do it on my own. I’m not meant to parent on my own, or “wife” on my own, or even maintain my house on my own. God wants to walk along side me in all of those things as I choose to rest in Him. He wants me to turn to Him instead of myself, my abilities (or inabilities), and my emotions.

This is my wake up call to myself (and maybe you) to stop dwelling on feelings and turning one overwhelmed thought into a crazy train that runs off the tracks. When you feel overwhelmed, ask God for help. He is lovingly waiting to step in.

cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Do you ever struggle with feeling overwhelmed? Is there anything you can take off of your plate (or off the beam as Jen Hatmaker would say) to lessen that feeling? Do you struggle with turning to God with your emotions like I do sometimes (it is crazy to me that I can forget to do that even though I KNOW He’s right there…)? Leave your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear your perspective!

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