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What To Do When You’re Doing Too Much: Admit You’re Overwhelmed

Are you often overwhelmed? Overcommitted? Do you have a hard time saying no? Then hang around this week. We’re going to start off the new year by learning to say “no” to filling our days with busyness and say “yes” to the things God wants in our lives.

 

Admit You’re Overwhelmed

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5, ESV

o-STRESSED-WOMAN-facebookI sat in the car, staring down at my phone. Once again, I’d said “yes” to something for which I really didn’t have time. Why hadn’t I just said no? Why had I agreed to add one more thing to my already burgeoning calendar?

My schedule is crazy on a good day, yet once again I had agreed to something without a thought. I hadn’t considered the rest of my commitments. I hadn’t thought of how little time I already had. I hadn’t even taken two minutes to pray about it and seek God’s will. And I knew, as soon as I hung up, that I did not have time to do what I’d just agreed to do!

I know I can’t be the only one. Why do we do this to ourselves? Sometimes it’s because I think I can do a better job of whatever it is than anyone else. Maybe I want to make sure people know I care about whatever the project or issue is.  I think more often than not, I just want to help. I want to tackle every task or serve on every committee or be on every team because I truly DO care and want to help.

However, too many spinning plates usually result in at least one, if not all of them, crashing down around us. Instead of a sense of accomplishment, we end up frustrated and stressed. Why is that, when all the things we’re trying to do are good things?

While God wants us to serve others, He does not want us living a life of frustration. That means learning to discern what He really wants us to do, and that can be hard when all the choices are good choices. Author Lysa Terkeurst calls it finding God’s “best yes”– the things He really wants for us. This week let’s explore some ways we can prioritize commitments not only to help others and please God but to avoid stressing ourselves out!

In His Love,

Amy

Five Years of Truth: 2013/2014 He Knows Our Hearts

I committed my life to Jesus five and one half years ago. Each year He has given me new and wonderful things to learn, to feel, and to do.

Join me in reminiscing.

 

2013/2014 He Knows Our Hearts

Search me, God, and know my heart;    
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,    
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24

fridayTime goes by and if we are true to God He continues to teach us. I still have so much to learn, but oh, what a joy it is. Nothing can compare to gaining knowledge through prayer and the reading of God’s Word.

In 2013 God began to teach me about relationships. I learned a lot about being a good and loving wife. I learned better ways to love my daughter and pray for her family. I learned about friendships. On these things I’m still learning.

He began to teach me about myself. We began a journey together that traveled inward. Only God knows our true hearts, and when He shows us what’s there, it can be surprising, even painful. For me, and probably for most of us, it is a crazy mixed up place. Some parts good. Some parts not so good. God doesn’t like dark places so all must and will come to light.

This year, 2014, I began to pray today’s verse of Scripture. My prayers have been sincere, but I didn’t quite realize what I was asking for.

You see I have a dark place in my heart. I was a victim of child abuse. I rose above it and moved forward in life. I told myself I would never confront it. Never look at it. Some things are better left in the darkness. I wonder … could I be wrong about that?

In August I started seeing a counselor. I promised myself I would never do that, but God had a different plan. For me He chose light over darkness, a choice I could not make on my own.

It’s a hard and scary road and it’s just begun. I don’t know how long this road is or where it will lead, but I do know with certainty, God, my Father, is with me. He is holding my hand. And when the road ends, He assures me, there will be a beautiful light in my heart where the dark place used to be.

Oh how I love that about God!!

j

Five Years of Truth: 2012 He Owns The World

I committed my life to Jesus five and one half years ago. Each year He has given me new and wonderful things to learn, to feel, and to do.

Join me in reminiscing.

 

2012 He Owns The World

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7

thursday2012 was a very special year for me. I went on a mission trip with ZMI to the Dominican Republic. Many wondrous things happened on that trip. God took me on a great adventure.

This was the year I learned that He is so much bigger than we can imagine. God owns everything, and He is in complete control of it, too.

Looking back on that trip I understand what He wanted me to see was not the geography but the people. There are approximately 7 billion people on earth. All of them created by God. All of them loved by God. Not even one does He want to perish, but He wants all to repent and be saved.

He wants us to love them, too. He wants us to love the people of the world. He wants us to love each other. For me it is so easy to love God. What about people? Don’t we sometimes find that a little difficult?

Jesus died a cruel death because He loved the people of this world. While He was here he taught over and over again about love. Before He left He gave us the command to go out into the world and tell all the people the good news of salvation.

I am so thankful for the missionaries of this world like ZMI that carry the Gospel to the darkest corners. How about the dark corners where you live? Where I live?

Lord Father, Help us to love those around us the way you do. Show us how to open our hearts and be your hands and feet.

If we open ourselves to others God will fill our own hearts with immeasurable joy.

I love that about God!

j