When people say they are “overwhelmed,” they generally do not mean it in a favorable way. Being overwhelmed usually means having too much to do with too little time to do it. Being overwhelmed can also mean having too much going on emotionally. Often, being overwhelmed means having all of these going on at the same time.
In today’s culture, being overwhelmed comes all too easily. Food options, information, news, media… choices abound in every area of life. Balancing those choices with those that come with raising kids and keeping a marriage healthy, and no wonder most of us find ourselves described as “overwhelmed.”
Add to that the fact that life, in general, overwhelms us simply because we are “visitors” here (1 Chronicles 29:15). Until we are truly “at home,” we just won’t feel quite like we fit in this world (John 17:14).
Death overwhelms because we can’t avoid it.
Life overwhelms because we can’t control it.
The unseen overwhelms because, well, we can’t see it.
Our fears can overwhelm to the point of inaction.
Worries overwhelm and can steal our joy.
So, how in this world can we as Christian women go from being overwhelmed with life to being overwhelmed with God?
- Relinquish our desire to control the outcome. (Proverbs 16:1) – Spend time daily with God, so we know His plans.
- Offer what little we have, and let Christ do the rest. (2 Corinthians 9:8) – As with all of the miracles told about in the Bible, we give what little we can and then watch Him do great things.
- Be intentional about growing rich in God’s Word. (Psalm 119:105) – His Word shows us the steps to take, which He already has planned out for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Cry out to the Lord. On a daily basis, no matter where we are physically, mentally or spiritually, crying out to God calls on the “rock that is higher” (Psalm 61:2).
- Take every thought captive. Purposefully choose where you allow your thoughts to dwell (2 Corinthians 10:5 & Philippians 4:8).
The more we focus our mind, will and emotions on Christ, the more overwhelming He will become. As He overwhelms, and this is always good and never too much, the things and problems of this world seem small and insignificant.
DISCUSSION: What step will you take today to move from being overwhelmed with life to being overwhelmed with God?
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