BLESS THIS MESS
by Iyanna at Cherishing Christ
We, women, are amazing, the superwomen of our homes. We are the queens of multi-tasking. We daily juggle cleaning and cooking meals while chasing toddlers around the house. But let’s face it, no matter how organized or prepared we are life still gets overwhelming. And mom guess what? It’s completely normal to be stressed and feel like there is just too much to be done and no one to help carry the load. If you are experiencing this feeling or when you do the best remedy is to read God’s Word and ask for his peace.
Here are a few steps you can take next time you feel overwhelmed:
- Change your perspective
There are two ways to look at any situation. A horizontal perspective where you constantly focus on the problems and negativity around you or a vertical perspective which is looking unto God. It’s literally saying “I don’t understand, but God I know you are in control of every aspect of my life”.
Try to look at every trial and trying time in life with a vertical perspective. When you acknowledge God in everything both good and bad you can always see Him working on your behalf.
- Pray for Peace
“From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is overwhelmed and weak; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalms 61:2 AMP)
Take a deep breath and ask God for peace in the midst of chaos. Just a simple prayer like “God I am overwhelmed I need your peace” or “God please calm the storms of my life” can shift your entire day.
- Think on the Goodness of God
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the PEACE of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]” (Philippians 4: 6-7 AMP)
Now, this alone has been my greatest pick me up. When I am feeling like my world is upside-down I start thinking of everything God has already done for me.
The house is a mess, but thank you Lord that we have a warm home. I am tired, but thank you Lord for another day of life. There are piles of laundry to wash, but thank you Lord that we have plenty of clothes to wear. The dishes are dirty, but that means God you have provided food for us to eat and our bellies are full. This way of thinking transforms negativity into gratefulness.
- Meditate on God’s Word
Here are my favorites to reflect on:
⦁ “Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].” (Philippians 4:8 AMP)
⦁ “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” (Psalms 34:17 NIV)
⦁ “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7 NIV)
⦁ “But He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12: 9 AMP)
⦁ “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6: 34 AMP)
⦁ “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30 AMP)
My prayer is that next time you get overwhelmed with the cares of this world that you try one of these tips and it puts your mind at ease. Print these out, memorize them, or write them out so next time you have spiritual weapons to fight off those overwhelming feelings.
Keep Cherishing Christ,
Iyanna, blogs over at Cherishing Christ.
As a blogger, mom, and fellow homemaker Iyanna blogs on her passion for Christ. She calls herself an ordinary woman living an extraordinary life. She also has a variety of faith-building activities for you to become involved in.
Next in the series, Cutting the Clutter by Laura Adams, a friend and blogger whose unique perspective will help you learn how to cut the clutter once and for all!