Tag Archive Overwhelmed

ByJennifer A. Janes

Mamas, We Need Some Perspective

Mamas, We need some perspective

 

A few months ago I shared some tips for slowing down and finding rest. I’m still working on that. Really, I am! The problem is that there are bills to pay, dishes to wash, laundry to clean, kids to take to therapy and dance lessons and church activities and playdates, laundry to fold and put away, meals to prepare, grocery shopping to do, more bills to pay, and lessons to teach!

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and sucked into the dailiness of life, to get caught up in the stress of having too much month at the end of the money, diapers to change, bottoms to wipe, puke to clean up, floors to mop, bathtubs to scrub, and trash to take out.

We need some perspective. We need to focus on the eternal. I have been convicted of that as I watch the news reports of the Arkansas tornado that devastated communities a couple of hours north of us on my younger daughter’s birthday. Foundations are bare. Piles of debris are stacked around what used to be neighborhoods. Families are attending funerals instead of birthday parties. The communities ache. Actually, the whole state is heartbroken. I have prayed for peace and comfort, for strength to rebuild.

And then I was rocked by a mama named April. April has a bare foundation. April’s possessions are in those piles of rubble and strewn across central Arkansas. April is in a hospital room, and she has two funerals to plan. Her boys are gone, and it looks like God planned it that way.

But April has what I don’t have. I would be angry, like the person who shared April’s story. April, on the other hand, while she still has a lot to process, has unshakable faith in her God—that He is good and has a plan, even when she can’t understand it. She rejoices in her children’s freedom from the brokenness of this world and in the fact that she will see them again one day.

I need that kind of faith. I want it. I’m tired of fretting and being anxious about everything. There is something beautiful in complete surrender to the Father and His will, even when it makes no sense to us, even when it’s painful.

To get that faith, to come to complete surrender, we have to keep things in perspective. This world is not our home. God is working behind the scenes, doing things we can’t begin to imagine. And He’s preparing us for eternity.

Mamas, why don’t we give ourselves a gift this Mother’s Day. Let’s give ourselves the gift of perspective. With it, we’ll get a peace we never dreamed possible, even in the darkest of times.

There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. From Philippians 1:27-30 MSG

 

ByEmily

Finding Peace In The Midst Of Holiday Madness

When it comes to the holidays, it’s easy for us (especially women) to welcome added stress, freak-outs, et c. It’s as if it knocked on our door and we let it stride right on in, making itself at home. We accept “overwhelmed” as our new normal. Why? Well, because it’s the holidays, of course!

Christmas has started before Thanksgiving is even over, and then BOOM!—this year has gone away and a new one has begun. However, we should never allow ourselves to –almost gladly– accept the status of being overwhelmed. This, my fellow wives/mothers/aunts/sisters, is not Godly.

 

Finding Peace In The Midst Of Holiday Madness

 

Christmas is not about stress. Christmas is not about buying the most expensive gifts. Christmas is not about having the best-wrapped presents. Christmas is not about being Room Mom and making sure the class party is perfect. Christmas is not about hosting the most fabulous parties. Christmas is not about dragging the kids to the mall to get their picture made with Santa.

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”- Isaiah 9:6

Prince of Peace! Christmas is all about God sending peace to this world. And what was it the angels were singing to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth?

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”- Luke 2:14

You haven’t sent your Christmas cards out yet and Christmas is tomorrow? You forgot to get a gift for your child’s teacher? You meant to make Christmas cookies to take to the nursing home? Just breathe. This year make the following pledge and stick to it:

I will not let the world’s holiday madness define my attitude, take away my peace or the peace of my family! I will rejoice at all times in the birth, death, and resurrection of my Savior!

ByAngie

Making Changes

Lately I’ve been reading (when I’m able to find time) The Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene Schacht who blogs over at Time-Warp Wife. (Expect a review from Emily or myself soon!) For some time I’ve wanted to make a lot of changes in my day to day life that she points out in this book, but haven’t done it. Why? Probably because of 2 things. 1, I’m lazy. 2, I HATE change.

2 months ago we moved into our home. We’re still not fully unpacked. Homeschool still hasn’t resumed. (We will be resuming Monday though, come hell or high water!) And life is just still in a transitional phase that I’m flat out sick of.

To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement.

One of the things that Darlene mentions in her book is to force yourself to go to bed early and rise early in order to get more done… even if you’re a night owl. DING DING DING! That’s me! I need to do that!

I can’t imagine what all I would be able to do if I were to get out of bed 2 hours before my kids. The cleaning, the lesson planning, breakfast ready… but most importantly quiet time with the Lord before I start the day.

Starting tonight, I’m going to bed early. I’m not excited about it, but it has to be done. I’m going to get out of bed before the kids in the morning and see how much I can do. I’ll post tomorrow how it went. Pray that it works!

Have you ever had to make a change you weren’t fond of for the sake of your family routine? Share with us!

ByAngie

Change? Again?

Ever feel like God has plucked you up from where you were and put you in a completely different place? Somewhere unfamiliar, exciting, scary, and wonderful?

That’s my life. Right now.

Every aspect of my life has changed in the last few months. I’m a completely different person. My priorities are different than the were. My dreams have changed.

Everything. Has. Changed.

I am not at all who I was. (All good things, don’t worry!)

Months ago I stated that I felt as though I was expecting. And here it is, the birth of the new life God has for me. But what’s next? And can I handle all of this?

I know he’s not done, so I’m hoping he gives me a little confidence in all of this. Right now, I’m a wee bit overwhelmed. Mostly with excitement, but overwhelmed none the less.

A new season has come, and another has gone. One thing I do know: God has it all under control and knows what he is doing. So I just need to shut up, listen, and do what he says.

Trust, what a concept, huh?

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 NKJV

ByEmily

Sticky Hands: This Is The Stuff

So we all have days where every little thing makes us crazy and as the day goes on, things just get worse.

Whoever said that spilled milk wasn't worth crying over was wrong.

You’re running late and you have a million things on your to-do list, not to mention you need to call Sis. So-n-so to tell her you missed her at church last week and you need to run by the Post Office to mail in a bill and your gas light’s on cause your car’s on empty and you only have about $10 in your bank account so you might be able to get 1/500th of a tank with that $10 considering today’s gas prices and you have no idea what to cook for supper, your 2-year-old is pulling your hair, you have on 2 different shoes, you forgot to brush your teeth and you can’t remember the last time you washed your hair.

Overwhelmed yet? Cause there’s a whole lot of times that I’m overwhelmed and I know that I’m not alone. I came across a song the other day called This Is the Stuff by Francesca Battistelli that pretty much summed up my everyday life (and I’m sure yours, too). I wanted to post her song along with the lyrics and encourage all of you (this includes me) to stop and remember how big we’re blessed and thank God for everything He’s done for us. Of course we always thank Him for the big and major things, but what about the little things, too? If we can go crazy over little things like running a few minutes behind and this and that, then we should be able to thank God for the little simple things He does for us day to day. For example, waking us up in the morning, giving us the green light on our way to work, allowing us to have the extra $1 for a McDonald’s sweet tea (oh yeah!), and a bed to lay down in each night.

In the middle of your little mess, don’t forget how big your blessed. 🙂

Lyrics to This Is The Stuff :
I lost my keys in the great unknown
And call me please ‘Cuz I can’t find my phone

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

45 in a 35
Sirens and fines while I’m running behind
Whoa

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I’ve got a new appreciation
It’s not the end of the world
Oh Oh Oh

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff
Someone save me
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
And I’ve gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use