Tag : overwhelmed-2
Tag : overwhelmed-2
Have you ever had so much on your plate that you did not realize the extent of it? You keep carrying it all until the plate becomes so heavy it cracks.
For me, it’s Level-Up Conference time so there are many moving parts, but I am also trying to get ahead in school by a month because of October travel. That, combined with a couple of other volunteer job responsibilities, has led to a tedious, non-stop work schedule.
This morning I was reading Isaiah 40 and the plate cracked. Tears flowed.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
(Isaiah 40:29-31, NIV).
I realized I am weary. The heavy load is weighing me down. My arms are tired from all the juggling.So I admitted this to God and prayed for His strength and His power—to walk and not be faint. Confessing weakness to our heavenly Father is therapeutic.
The old saying that “God does not give us more than we can handle” is not biblical. Instead, he wants us to seek His face during trials. This week I also experienced vicious attacks from non-believers on Facebook. I decided to pay $10 to boost my last blog on Deep Work because I thought it was a subject that could help a lot of people. (It’s all about how to get those shelved projects accomplished—plus how to go deeper with God.) That meant Facebook placed it on non-friends’ feeds. The push-back was unreal. Vicious posts. Condescending memes. One person posted an animated devil six times. I’ve either hidden or deleted them all. It is making me think long and hard about ever boosting another devotion. Weariness.
But today, after a rainy week, the sun is out in Galveston, Texas where my husband and I have holed up since Sunday. There are no eagles but there are a few seagulls soaring overhead. I think it’s a sign from God that He heard my prayer and He has this, but it is only through His strength that any of us can survive the times when life seems overwhelming.
I hope you will join us for our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference! This year, we will be Leveling up our faith, Leveling up our future and Leveling down our fears. Our featured speaker is Dr. Barbie Breathitt, who has written over 20 books on Christian dream interpretation. Also speaking are Roses and Rainbows Ministry Leader Kim Crabill and DestinyX Leader, Destiny Yarbrough, both from Georgia. The entire Pearls of Promise Team will be speaking and serving as well. It’s a day of spiritual refreshment Will you Level-up with us? Only $59. Sign up today at Eventbrite. https://levelupdallas2022.eventbrite.com.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed?
Yesterday was one of those days where everything seemed to cave in. There were school and ministry deadlines, relationship issues and financial concerns. In the past couple of weeks I also had a friend whose brother died, and another who suddenly lost their young daughter. It was a lot weighing me down and I just needed to talk it through with someone, so I texted a couple of friends to get a feel for their availability. They were either under the weather or seemed busy. I had already prayed, so feeling a bit alone, I prayed more fervently.
In the New Living Translation, Psalm 17:6–7 gives us a beautiful image of how God hears our prayers. David said, “I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.” What if when we pray, we imagine God bending down close to hear what we have to say? Picture a loving dad crouching to hear his young daughter whisper in his ear— because He cares.
When we are at our very lowest, the LORD hears our prayers and responds with a lifeline.
In Psalm 18, David was also feeling like he needed God’s divine hand to save him. He said, “The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path” (Psalm 18:4–5, NLT). If we are honest, sometimes we all feel this way. But then David said, “But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” And later in the Psalm David shares his victory: “He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies” (Psalm 18:16–17, NLT).
God is our rescuer.
In my case, he prompted a good friend to call me out of the blue because she wanted to talk. I listened to her, then she heard me out and I was able to share my struggles and pray with her for resolution to each of the issues I was dealing with.
Today is a new day and I am still afloat because I was rescued by a loving God who bent down to hear about what was troubling me. If you are going through something today, share it with the Father. I promise he will listen and will rescue you from the depths of despair.