Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Feeling Overwhelmed

I'm tired.  Physically tired.  For whatever reason, I'm haven't been able to sleep, and I need my sleep.  And it's probably because I'm so tired, but I'm feeling overwhelmed today.

We are on spring break this week and my goal is to do a thorough house cleaning.  I spent about 4 hours cleaning today, and I'm not even close to being done.  I'm overwhelmed!

I have written before about the changes going on in our church.  They are all good and definitely all God.  As part of the change, I am taking over the music ministry.  I need to get more singers for the team (already have several lined up), more musicians (think I've got that covered too), I need to meet with all these people soon and start scheduling practice.  I'm overwhelmed!

Since I've been cleaning all day, I haven't even been on the computer until now.  I have several blogs that I follow and love to read everyday.  I know that these people put time and thought into their posts and I want to read and support them.  Plus they always encourage me with what they write.  But now it's late in the day and I'm behind on reading the blogs.  And I need to write a post for my blog and a post for our new ministry, Woman to Woman.   I'm too tired to even think, how am I going to do all this writing?  I'm overwhelmed!

As I said before, I'm exhausted, so I know that I'm not thinking clearly.  I'm really not complaining about any of the things I listed above.  I love all these ministries that God has called me to, and I'm blessed to have a house to clean.  But I'm just feeling overwhelmed.

We all get that way from time to time, don't we?  Overwhelmed by life.  What do we do when we feel like that?  We run to the One who is never overwhelmed by anything! 

Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to God?" 
~Mark Lowery

Nothing takes God by surprise.  He doesn't have new realizations like we do.  God already knows it all.  When we are feeling overwhelmed by life, we can run to the Father and find rest for our weary souls.

Are you feeling overwhelmed today?

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:21-22
21.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22.  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.


  1. I've been in that overwhelmed state before. I think I tend to be too hard on myself when I find myself there. I beat myself up because I can't do it all. I feel bad because I can't read every blog and support everyone that I want to support. BUT, I have to realize that I am surrounded by grace givers!!

    And we serve the ulitimate grace giver :)

    I think when we start to feel overwhelmed we need to remember that.

    Great post :)

  2. I prayed for you today! I am confident that you will be feeling better as the day goes on. God IS in control and the feeling of being overwhelmed is nothing He can't handle! You are special and He has called you for such a time as this! Enjoy what He is doing in your life and in the lives of those you love!!! Oh, talk to me...I have a possible singer for you!!! :o)

  3. I can very much relate to this. Five years ago at the church we attended my husband and I, as the children's pastors, had a Sunday morning kid's service, a Sunday night kid's service, a time with the kids during Wednesday night prayer, and a Wednesday night service. On top of this, we have four children, my husband worked a full time job outside the ministry and we had to prepare for all four of the services with the kids. It was so overwhelming and we didn't know if we were coming or going half the time.

    I have felt like that more recent. Baseball season is coming up. I love to watch my boys play baseball but it means games five nights a week. Plus, my husband playing softball, our Woman to Woman ministries, my Sweet Blessings, all while preparing to plant a church. I wonder how everything is going to work. How I am going to keep my sanity through it all.

    But like you said, nothing ever occured to God. He knows all that is going on in our busy lives. He knows what He called us to do. When we are feeling stressed, chaotic, or overwhelmed, we need to turn it over to Him and let His help us through. Thank you for this reminder!

  4. I've been feeling overwhelmed too sister, I'm learning if we just trust God He will get us through it. It's not news to Him He knew it all already. Hope and pray you slept last night.

  5. It seems it is easy for us to become overwhelmed. When we are nothing seems to go right and then it gets worse. God helps us through so much and yet at times we forget to go to Him when we feel overwhelmed. I am so glad when I go to Him, I feel overwhelmed for what He does for me. Thanks for a great post. Hope your day goes better today. Blessings to you.

  6. Hi Lisa! Thank you for this post. I thought I was the only one feeling so overwhelmed these days.

    I am leading the youth ministry in church, planning the services for Saturdays; and then doing the multimedia on Sunday plus doing errands for my Pastor Dad. Like today, I'm working on paper works... My body isn't tired...but my mind is.

    But we do know that God is with us through all these things that we need to do. I love a recent post in incourage.me that instead of looking on our piles or work, we must look onto Jesus. He gives rest and helps us even in mundane tasks we need to do.

    Praying for you! Blessings!

  7. I think all women can relate, I know I can! I'm feeling it now too and I don't have half as much on my plate as you do! Kelli and I swap weeks and still with a week off when it comes to mine I can get overwhelmed by writing. We can't always do everything... eventually somethings going to give a little. Just remember that we're a support group here in our little section of the bloggy world... you don't have to comment every day or write everyday... we all understand and love you even if we don't hear from you everyday! Kelli and I both have stuff going on this week, so Dawna is filling in for us a little, but we're not posting everyday. It's hard not to keep up with what we've been doing, but it just had to be this time and we just had to accept it! We'll get back on track and it'll all be okay. Praying for you dear friend!!!

  8. I am right there with you!! I feel overwhelmed sometimes with my paying job, mommy/wife job, children's minister/praise team memeber job, writing ministry....AAAGGHHHH!!!!
    I need to prioritize better and let go of some things that other people can do or help me do. It's just hard. I want to be an ambassador for Him and do His work. Just hard to figure out how sometimes...

  9. That is just plain GOOD STUFF!

  10. I'm right there with you Lisa! It's 8:33pm, and I'm just getting to read the blogs and comment as well, so I understand completely.

    It certainly does sound like you've got a lot on your plate, but I also know that you'll do an amazing job with it all, and that God's in your corner the whole time. :-)

    I pray that you get some rest, and that all goes well with your endeavors. Thank you for your post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  11. Hi Lisa,

    thanks for honest truth. life often comes as a tidal wave, then ebbs back to see for tranquil season. i pray your season of rest comes soon!

    You were picked as the winner of wendy blight's book "hidden joy in a dark corner"!! Please email me at samantha@proverbs31.org with your mailing address and I'll get that right out to you.

  12. LOL. I love the quote. Reminds me of the realization I made a while back that God does not have a subconscious mind.

  13. I am right there with you!! I feel overwhelmed sometimes with my paying job, mommy/wife job, children's minister/praise team memeber job, writing ministry....AAAGGHHHH!!!!
    I need to prioritize better and let go of some things that other people can do or help me do. It's just hard. I want to be an ambassador for Him and do His work. Just hard to figure out how sometimes...