It was the 3rd time we had moved in a year and my heart was weary.
I sat there on a floor barely visible under the mountain of moving boxes. Girls were bickering over which side of the room to put their things. The $3 in my wallet wouldn’t even cover a to-go pizza, and then one of the boys scratched himself on a box.
Suddenly all the little things came crashing down on me in a tidal wave of hysteria.
I cried. For a really long time.
I knew that God was good and He was working in our situation. I trusted Him fully in that moment, but I was tired. This doing-it-alone thing was wearing on me. There was only one word to describe the way I was feeling: overwhelmed.
What was I supposed to do next?
Should I unpack the kitchen and hope to find the right things to make food before 10pm?
Should I break up the fight in the girls’ room?
Should I rummage desperately for a band-aid to “cure” the box wound of my 3-year-old?
What about my computer? Shouldn’t I check in on my newly formed online business?
The questions left me debilitated. Instead of at least acting on one of those things, I sat. The tears kept falling and I just melted in a pool of overwhelm. Until one of the girls appeared. She looked puzzled at the tears and inquired, “Mama, don’t you like the new house God gave us?”
It was such a sweet reminder of where our focus should always be. Overwhelmed? No problem. God’s got this. Just be thankful and wait for Him. Meditate on His Word as a reminder of all that is in His control for you!
Scripture for When You Feel Overwhelmed
- 1 John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
- Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
- Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
- Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
- Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Print out this verse to meditate on when you feel overwhelmed and need God’s comfort. Frame and place it in your house in a spot where you will be reminded daily. Put it in your purse. Hang it on your fridge–whatever it takes to remember the promises He has given you. If you aren’t struggling with this right now, just file it away for when you are. I know in my life, these kinds of feelings can creep up even when I least expect them.
I would suggest printing this verse on 8.5 x 11 cardstock as it will be more sturdy.
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God remains the same no matter what, even if we aren’t quite sure what He’s doing. He can be trusted. His Word is true. Let’s be found standing firmly on it!
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Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.