Advice for the Overwhelmed Wife and Mother
Stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, burdened, exhausted, busy.
Do any of these words describe your life right now?
If so, you are not alone. Millions of wives, mothers, and homemakers feel overwhelmed in their lives. While your situations may be different, the feelings are the same.
Life can be so difficult at times that it can be emotionally and mentally draining for a wife and mother. This often can cause us to become paralyzed by fear, because we don’t know what to do next.
What Should an Overwhelmed Woman do?
If you are paralyzed by fear, crippled by exhaustion, and burdened by life; what should you do?
The best advice I can give you is to you or any overwhelmed wife, mother, or homemaker, would be “do the next thing” and to keep moving forward in prayer.
When you’re scared, overwhelmed, walking in fear, unsure of what to do next, anxious, and/or stressed; just “do the next thing” and have hope.
If you are a new wife facing certain troubles or an exhausted mom who feels like she is failing at all she does; just do the next thing.
If your house is a mess and you are getting no rest, just do the next thing.
If your plate is overfilled but yet the demands keep piling on, just do the next thing.
If your marriage is struggling causing you to feel distant from your husband, just do the next thing.
Just Do the Next Thing
Several years ago, Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) popularized the following poem.
From an old English parsonage down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And on through the doors the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration: “DO THE NEXT THING.”
Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing
Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all results, do the next thing.
Looking for Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.
When you are feeling discouraged or overwhelmed, I would encourage you to just to do the next thing.
Pray, and then do the next thing after that. (This may be doing the dishes, paying a bill, reading to a child, talking to your husband, reading your Bible, going for a walk, or organizing your laundry room.)
Whatever, the task may be or the situation that lies before you (that is overwhelming), just do the next thing.
Put your trust in God and trust God with the results.
His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. He will guide you as you look to Him.
Just do the next thing.
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home
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