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

 

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