So my husband went to the doctor last week and she said the dreaded words….”I’m putting you on a diet!” We knew it was coming and he has been wanting to shed a few pounds for a while now. What we didn’t know was that she would want him to eliminate ALL carbs. My husband came home and looked as if he had been sentenced to death. He declared that there was nothing he could eat and that he knew he would starve. After convincing him “WE” could do this and by “WE” I mean our entire family, we began to make a plan. Read More »
I was sitting at my desk today, doing a little freelance design work and listening to my daughter sing as she works on her assignments for school. As I worked, I looked out my window, as I often do, to just think and enjoy the beauty of the day. I quickly noticed our neighborhood hawk friend soaring high above the tree line this morning. He pays us a visit often, but today in particular, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. He was completely uninhibited and enjoying his life. I watched him expertly maneuver his wings to soar through the sky with beauty and grace. As I watched, I began to think about the freedom this hawk has. He has the entire sky to fly and there really are no limits to where he can go.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Like you can’t get it all done? I know the feeling right now. We have decided to sell our home to accelerate our debt-free living plan….yay us! Our church is moving into a new location…..PRAISE GOD! I started a new direct sales business. Add in setting up 501C3 for church, missional training, being a mom and wife….I’m pooped. All this has happened in the last 2 weeks and needs to be completed by July 1. Needless to say, I am struggling a bit to keep my sanity.
We have all had times like this in our lives. Times that are super exciting but super overwhelming at the same time. So how can we keep perspective when the task at hand seems impossible. Here are a few simple steps that will help you when you are feeling like you just can’t manage what life has thrown at you.
You Are Not Alone
While you may feel like you are on this journey all by yourself, we must remember we are not. God is right there holding our hand through the good, bad and ugly. Here are some amazing scriptures to remind us of this special promise to us.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28
Make A Plan
Okay, so I heard a statistic the other day about planning and planners in general. It said if you put a pen to paper you are 80% more likely to accomplish the task. So my friends, take that pen out and start writing it down. Write everything down that needs to be done. I love lists! It helps me stay focused and manage the unmanageable. I love the feeling of checking something off. I literally can feel the load being chiseled away. Here is a trick I use to help me get started. Some may call it cheating, I call it encouragement.
When making a list, I strategically add a few things I have already done that needed to be done. That way, I can immediately check things off. That simple act tells my brain that the task at hand is actually possibly. It’s going to take some God sized strength to get it all done so you need to remember: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Eph. 6:10.
There is no rule that says you have to be the hero and do it all. Find people to help you. Get your kids and husband on board. Recruit friends and family. Make it fun!!! People are often willing and ready to help if we just reach out to them.
So, what has you overwhelmed today? Are you emotionally burdened? Is there big changes for your life on the horizon like me? Are you looking to change jobs? Let’s talk and lean on one another as we face these challenges together.
Okay, I must confess, my tummy gives me trouble. I don’t know how many times I have found myself in the uncomfortable predicament of declaring that “I am not pregnant!” Really, why would anyone ever ask you that question if there was a possibility that you might not be. I always reply, “No, I’m just fat” which makes things even more awkward. It is by far the biggest problem area of my body. It has shrunk significantly since losing 20 pounds but it still needs some work. I don’t expect at 41, to have rock hard abs since I didn’t have them at 12, however, I do want to tighten things up a bit.Read More »