When the pressure of life is just too much…
We all experience this at one point or another in our lives. Usually it happens more than once in a lifetime unless you are unusually blessed. You know, the times when everyone is upset with you for one reason or another, you feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions, the phone is ringing off the hook, your child is sick, deadlines for work are approaching, and everyone wants you to be their shoulder to cry on…
I know a few people in my life who are experiencing this right now along with myself. School has just started back and we are navigating our new schedules and responsibilities, I’m praying and working to overcome some health issues, I’m trying to continue to pursue ministry (not because I want to impress man, but because I feel the drive from God to reach out to youth and adults who need to hear what He has to say), I’m about to release my first novel and working on some kids projects, and trying to maintain my relationships with my family and friends outside of my husband and our household. Not to mention all of my animals and other responsibilities. Oh, did I mention sickness/allergies (not sure what I’m dealing with yet) floating around my house this week?
I’m honestly feeling pretty overwhelmed this week from all that is going on around me. I want to give 100% to every little thing and person in my life. However, I’m old enough and wise enough (but still young with plenty tons left to learn…not saying I’m perfect by any means) to understand that it’s an impossible task. No one can give 100% to every little demand in life or they will eventually implode.
Truth is, sometimes you have to say “no” to some things or cut back in some areas of your life to be able to maintain focus on God and your immediate family. Sadly, I’ve even had to do that with some of my ministry work this summer and fall even though I hate it. As a wife and mother my duty is to begin my ministry in my home. What you cultivate in your home will eventually go out into the world with your kids and even your spouse. There is a ripple effect that happens there. So, just because I’m not working in a classroom teaching the Word every day doesn’t mean that I’m not still working in ministry. We all have our own ministry that starts in ourselves, in our homes, and in our relationships. You don’t have to be a celebrity preacher or have a fancy ministry degree to have your own ministry. God gives that to you. Not man.
1 Timothy 3:5 ESV
“For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? “
I’ve also not been able to pick up my phone and talk every single time I get a call. That can be a hot button topic for some people. I see parents at the park, the store, in schools, everywhere always glued to their phones and only giving their children part of their attention. Some even ignore their own spouses to check Facebook or text. To me, I feel like that’s hurting my family. I want to give my family my full attention for set times each day. Meal times, bed times, and quality time. If I answered every text or call as it came in, my friends would be happy but my family would suffer.
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love or care about people outside of my home. I do, greatly. However, God gave me the responsibility and privilege of being a wife and mother. I have seen so many women put the needs of others before that of their children and husbands. They were so worn out dealing with outside issues that they had no energy or time left for their own family. It didn’t end up so well for them or their families. It’s heartbreaking.
I believe that you put God first, your spouse, your children, then everything else in that order. Yes, it can get more detailed after children, but I’m not going into that.
Genesis 2:24 ESV
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Genesis 18:19 ESV
“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
But back to the point, I’ve been seeking comfort in the scriptures to handle the pressures of all of the demands swirling around in life. Here is one that brings me some encouragement this week:
Matthew 6:30-34 KJV
“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
What verse is encouraging YOU this week? Share with me in the comments!
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