Are you drowning in stress? Tired of carrying the same burdens, getting the same calls from bill collectors, and dealing with the same constant chaos both at work and home? I believe most of us feel we’re caught on a merry go round that is making us both sick and tired. What can we do? What should we do when we feel overwhelmed by life’s demands?
Here are three great places to start……
#1 TALK WITH SOMEBODY….Often times we just need a shoulder to cry on and a safe place to vent. Confessing our heartache, frustrations, and many short comings is often times the begining of healing. Like the relief that comes from throwing up when you have a bad virus is the relief we find when we just get things off our chest that aren’t meant to stay there. You just feel better afterwards! Maybe you need some advice and a fresh perspective as you approach life issues. Maybe you don’t need answers or fixing, but just someone who cares by your side as you process your overwhelming feeling. *Don’t look for someone you think has all the answers, but someone you know that cares about you and what you’re going through.It can make a world of difference and bring some instant relief!
(James 5:16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
#2 TURN “EVERYTHING” OVER TO GOD….There is nothing in your life that doesn’t matter to God. God tells us to “Cast all of our cares upon Him because He cares for us.” Prayer is the only way to find true relief and the assurance that you’ve placed things in good hands. Some things you just need to give to God and trust him with the results. Some things are a matter of ongoing prayer as you seek God’s ongoing strength, guidance, and peace in the midst of an otherwise unbearable situation. So, why don’t you turn “everything” over to God right now. Your marriage, your children, your finances, your work, your past, your present, and for certain your future. It will take a mountain off your shoulders as you put things on God’s broad, loving shoulders.
(Philippians 4:6-7) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
#3 LET GOD BE GOD……I tell myself this often. Craig, there is a God and you’re not him! I am convinced that most of us think we’re Super Man or Wonder Woman. You can’t do everything and you can’t be everything to everyone. Trust me, I’ve tried in the past only to realize that I am not “All Powerful”, “All Knowing”, or able to be “All Present”. The great news is God is aware of everything, able to do anything, and able to be everywhere at once. *Trying to hold the world in our hands will always be far beyond our abilities. So, Let Go and Let God Be God!
(Psalm 46:10) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”