If I survive the terrible 3s it will be a miracle. Two nights ago was a rough one. I mean the kind of night that ends in tears, calls to best friends, and feeling awful when you go to sleep kind of night. The kind of night when you are so overwhelmed, you surprise yourself by your behavior. It involved screaming at the top of my lungs, cursing under my breath, scaring the crap out of my kids.I just wanted my day to end already!! I needed Jesus and Supernanny.
My precious 3 year old, who makes us laugh all day, was pushing Every. Single. Button. We’ve all been there, when our kids drive us nuts, but I was ashamed at my response to my little girl. I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t get past it. I don’t even try to pretend that I’m a perfect Christian. I know I sin and that Jesus is here to help me. I had asked Him to help me after the first time I exploded on sweet HC. I asked Him to help me after the second time I exploded….and I asked Him to forgive me after the 5th time I exploded that night.
I couldn’t see God anywhere because I was so so so overwhelmed.
Being overwhelmed can be so consuming. You might be overwhelmed because your husband is working all the time,family drama, money troubles, your marriage is in big trouble, you are consumed by guilt and shame, or tempting situations. In this world, there are LOTS of reasons to be overwhelmed.
But, God is faithful.
The next day was the best day of my week because in His grace and mercy, the Lord revealed some amazing things to me.
He reminded me that in my state of being overwhelmed, I can’t see Him because I am listening to lies.
It’s easy to do because of obvious reasons. You are overwhelmed!! You can completely forget the truth when your world is nuts!! We are lied to in all differently ways. It might sound like, “You are a failure. If people could see how you really are. There is no hope for my marriage. I’m not good at anything. I’ve done such terrible things. I will always be alone, I am a fake.” These are LIES! The enemy of God will do whatever he can to mess with your head.
Second, He reminded me that Christ in me CAN make those lies go away. His great name is powerful against lies. The truth is I am a new creation, a child of the one true King, forgiven, that I have purpose, and that tomorrow is actually is a new day.
Be encouraged that having Christ in you is HUGE!!
The same Jesus that saved, healed, and encouraged, lives in you if you follow Christ. Whatever your situation is, please be encouraged and reminded that you aren’t alone, and whatever “giant” you may be facing is nothing compared to power of Christ in you. He can show up in big ways!
Third, He reminded me that I’m not alone when going to difficult times. He gave us the body of Christ (church) to help us. I have friends who I call for encouragement. When I’m hurting of overwhelmed, they speak truth to me and it’s gets me grounded again. This is such a beautiful gift and tangible reminder of God’s love for us.
If you are feeling overwhelmed for any reason and aren’t part of a local church, I HIGHLY encourage you to check one out in your area and get plugged in. Church people aren’t perfect, but the body of Christ is there for support!! My church peeps also have issues, but we are here for each other to encourage one another. This is a gift from God.
Finally, He reminded me to always run towards Him. I didn’t see Him right away, but He was faithful. He showed up. He is always faithful.
My prayer for tonight is this; “Dear heavenly father, I need you. I’m stressed out. I’m tired. I can’t see an end in sight. Please have mercy on us. Please help us to see your face. Please help us to separate truth from lie. You are our only hope. I pray you amaze us with your greatness and allow us to feel your presence as we face difficult times. I pray we never forget that there is power in the name of Jesus, and He is our helper. I pray these things over the lives of each person that reads this. In your perfect and Holy name, Amen.