Today we have a guest post by Jaime from Like a Bubbling Brook:
Sometimes life is so overwhelming it keeps you up at night. The racing thoughts, tension headaches, and days haunted with dread are very real symptoms of what I call stinking thinking.
It's easy to fall into overwhelm. One unexpected turn on this road of life can beget another unexpected turn, then another, and then another. If we're not careful, the presence of anxiety brought on by feeling overwhelmed can multiply in our mind and grow into chronic anxiety or even depression.
I've been in those dark places. Some of them couldn't be avoided but became testimonies of God's grace at work in my life, triggered by infertility, job losses, and health issues. He carried us through and provided new mercy every morning, just as He does for you.
But there were other worries - anxieties - that only needed some passionate prayer, a shift in my routine, and a perspective adjustment.
Here are 3 simple verses to meditate on when you feel overwhelmed:
1. Psalm 34:4 – I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
How can you seek the Lord? Through worship, prayer, and Bible reading. Focus on these key disciplines during your most overwhelming moments, and He'll show Himself strong. He'll give you wisdom about how to move past overwhelm into a place of peace.
2. Psalm 86:15 – But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
His compassion is for YOU. He is gracious towards YOU. He is not angry with you, but rather He loves you with an extravagant love and he is faithful to see you through your struggles! He wants the best for you.
3. Philippians 4:11 – I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
There are times I've had to resolve in my mind that I was going to be content with where I was, regardless of the circumstances around me. I would worship despite the thorn in my side. I would pray, "God, if it's not Your plan to change my situation, then help me be content. If You won't change _____, then please change me."
None of us are perfect, sweet friend. We all have struggles.
Let's take some small steps to move past overwhelm and into a place of peace today! God is faithful!
What verses have you found helpful during times of overwhelm? Leave a comment and share your favorites. We'd love to know!
(You may also be blessed by 10 Verses for the Mom Who Feels Helpless or A Printable Prayer for the Mom with Anxiety.)
Go in grace,
Jaime is a pastor's wife and mom who has experienced God's extravagant grace. You can read more from her on her site, Like a Bubbling Brook, where she shares encouragement and ideas for moms, and an occasional humorous story about this crazy roller coaster of life.