Have You Ever Felt Overwhelmed?

October 1, 2015

 

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of what I call the "busyness" of life or what Madea calls the "traffic jams" of life? Times where you feel like you are constantly bombarded with challenges and distractions. Almost to a place of just feeling overwhelmed. 

One definition of being overwhelmed is the feeling of being covered or buried beneath a mass of something. Another one says it is feeling completely overcome in mind or feeling, to be overpowered in thought or feeling. 

Maybe you've felt overwhelmed by work, in your family life.. feeling like you had nothing to give or offer in your relationships...overpowered by bills and responsibilities... Overwhelmed by ________ (insert your own)...

Have you ever wondered how do I escape the feeling of being overwhelmed? How do I manage my life and day to day responsibilities in a way that I do not allow the pressures to crush my focus?

Here is what we all have to ask ourselves: have I allowed the "busyness" of life to cause me to neglect, or maybe even forget about, my most important meeting?

Prayer, your time of communication and communion with God, is your most important meeting and if you have gotten too busy for God, then plain and simple you are too busy. 

What I love about the Bible, is that is filled with stories of human heroes. People who accomplished great things for God but that experienced the challenges of life, like you and like me. 

Look at this prayer from David in Psalm 61:

2From the ends of the earth, 
I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. 
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,

3for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
4Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! selah

The writer here says, when my heart is overwhelmed I know where to look. I go to the one that is my towering rock of safety. I go to the one who is not only my protection but to the one who has a higher perspective on my situation. 

Hear me, you cannot do this thing called life without Him. The biggest mistake you can make when you feel overwhelmed is focusing on your problems, and not giving God your attention.

Every time you go to God, He will fill you up and strengthen you for what lies ahead. He may not always take you out of the situation but He will give you peace in the middle of the storm. He says to God in his prayer, you (God) are a fortress where even my enemies cannot reach me. 

Today I want to challenge you to make time in your schedule, for private and personal time for devotion with God. Add it to your calendar, your iPhone, a sticky note, whatever it takes.

 

Ask yourself, maybe even journal it: 

  • What in my life makes me feel overwhelmed? How do I normally handle it?

  • What can I do to help remind me to pray first when I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed?

You've got three months left in the year, you cannot allow your emotions to lead you but instead you must own your emotions and be led by His voice.

 

Phil 4:6-7 (AMP) says, "Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything[every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

 

My prayer is you is that you continue to trust God for the grace to move forward, taking the time to seek Him and His will and watch Him work in your life. 

-TM

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