5 Ways to Move from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed

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Today’s woman wears many hats; we experience this on a daily basis. Whether chauffeuring children to their next activity, bandaging a skinned knee, or washing the last dinner spoon, the responsibilities of wife and mother reflect many shapes.

Maybe you work a job for income, either inside or outside the home. While the work brings additional fulfillment and privileges to your life, it also brings stress.

Perhaps you volunteer in the community, at your church, or for your child’s school. While this is a blessing, it also uses time.

As a woman who, like you, wears many hats, I don’t want to feel overwhelmed. Because when I feel overwhelmed, I act overwhelmed; and honestly, this is not a good thing. (I was hoping you might understand?)

On a daily basis, then, how can we really move from overwhelmed to overjoyed? What decisions can we make that will bring feelings of joy and not feelings of alarm?

Today I wanted to share with you a few ideas I’m using to best focus my emotions. Maybe one of these ideas will stick with you and bridge the gap between feeling bewildered and feeling blessed.

1. Think about the daily schedule in small chunks of time, rather than a whole day’s worth of events.

On particularly busy days in our home, I only look at the schedule for the entire day one time in the morning. For the remainder of the day, I focus on a couple hours, or even an hour, at a time.

2. Dwell on Scripture frequently throughout the day.

Keeping God’s Word on display is so important to me. It’s my reminder to remember the promises of God’s provisions and reflect on His grace, mercy, and love. Continually acknowledging that HE is my strength prevents those threatening feelings of being overwhelmed.

3. Acknowledge the blessings in the midst of burdens.

Everyone has their burdens; but the richer woman is the one who multiplies her thoughts on her blessings. Sometimes I personally feel overwhelmed by my daughter’s special needs. Perhaps someone who is scheduled to help care for her doesn’t show up and this causes a ripple effect on my availability to care for my other children. Or if I begin to think about all the things she is no longer able to do, then fear of the future begins to wreak havoc on my spirit. Instead, I focus on the things she can do and thank the Lord for those abilities.

4. Recognize and enjoy moments of joy and fun.

When a moment of joy arrives, whether it’s a text message from my husband, a card in the mail, or a kiss from my baby girl, recognizing its value can mold my outlook for the next hour.  Savoring the simple things in life certainly brings joy.

5. Pray for a change of spirit when the feelings of being overwhelmed begin to peak.

When my head starts to spin a little and things are moving faster than I can keep up with, then asking the Lord to give me direction makes all the difference.

What have you found to prevent those feelings of being overwhelmed? We’d love to hear from you today!

Rachel at RachelWojo.com

Setting Up a New Quiet Time Routine

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With a new season approaching, the time to plan a different quiet time schedule can arrive as well. Whether changing jobs or experiencing a spouse changing jobs, deciding on a new school year plan, or just needing a change to prevent monotony, setting up a new quiet time routine can be challenging. Recently I was thinking through my personal quiet time routine and evaluating what is going to work well in the fall between Bible study time and prayer. Today I’m sharing a few of the questions I asked myself in that evaluation.

1. How much daily time do I want to spend in purposeful prayer?

Honestly, God and I have an ongoing conversation throughout the day. I’m sure some of what I say to him would make no sense to the average person if they overheard our conversation, because I have a tendency to jump around randomly from topic to topic. Sometimes that conversation is based on the experiences of the day and sometimes it’s just based on what is going on in my head. But besides this ongoing conversation, I believe having a purposeful plan with time carved out to pray is so very important in our personal relationship. So I need to decide on a time or times to be purposeful about praying to the Lord.

2. What method of tracking prayer requests or prayer journaling would be good to use in this season?

In other words, who am I praying for and how do I want to be purposeful in those prayers? Just as an example, I want to be sure to pray for my husband daily. I’ve found many ways to do this, but one of my favorites is simply to have a phone reminder that pops up at the same time every day with his name.

3. How much time do I feel the Lord leading me to spend reading the Bible?

Reading God’s Word is personal; it is his love letter to us. I love reading personal letters; don’t you? If my hubby gives me a note or card, I keep it visible where I can read it over again sometime throughout the day. I’ve found that choosing a Bible reading plan keeps me focused on a daily reading.

4. What method of Bible reading or study is right for this season?

Many times I’ve felt a topic coming up over and over again in my life through sermons, conversations, or articles. When a Bible study came available on that topic, then I knew God was asking me to do it. There have been seasons of life where I could not participate in a community Bible study due to timing, etc. but I found an online Bible study, an individual Bible study or a Bible reading plan that would be practical for that particular season in my life.

No matter the reason for the need to set up a new quiet time routine or schedule, my hope is that the questions I’ve used to evaluate the change will help you in your walk with the Lord. I’d really love to read about what has helped you with making a change in your daily quiet time!

What has helped you the most in making a change in your personal daily time with God?

Rachel at RachelWojo.com

The Secret to Our Sanity

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Some moments of life are not meant to be forgotten.

The day my baby girl was born blue and had to be resuscitated.

The night I stared into nothingness because I realized what the “something” was that was wrong in my marriage.

The phone call telling me that mama was diagnosed with leukemia.

That midnight I Googled “mucopolysaccharidosis” and realized my daughter had a number of years assigned to her life.

The moment I kissed my mom goodbye and whispered I’d see her in Heaven one day.

The day I watched a baby exit my body far before her time and lose her opportunity of life.

I haven’t forgotten a single one of these moments and you?

Your moments are etched in your mind too. The close calls in labor and delivery… the marital problems and perhaps, divorce… the terminal diagnoses or death of those closest to your heart… the miscarriages… the list could go on and on.

Jesus said we would have trouble in this world. I love what he said next.

But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Take heart! Have courage. Stop relying on your own strength to get you through the trouble and focus on me- I’ve already won.

Those close calls in labor and delivery bring us closer to Jesus. Marital issues are redeemed through Jesus. Disease can be healed by Jesus. Death has been conquered through Jesus. I’ve experienced that no matter the issue, Jesus is the answer.

From those deepest aching places and empty heart spaces, I face choices pivotal to both mine and my family’s future. After years of these choices, I recognize that each one could make me bitter or better.

I can hide behind: “Not me.”

Or empower others with “Me too.

So as a wife and mom to 7, I make the choice to share life- as-is. With our 5-spills-in-one-meal record and revolving front door, with the never-ending laundry piles and an ongoing dishwasher saga, I choose to share my “secret” to “How in the world do you do it?” It is simply that I do my best to focus on God’s Word, where I find strength.   I write as a reminder that each of us experience trouble in all different forms, but with Christ, we are overcomers.

Take heart.

Rachel

PS:  I have an incredible opportunity to compete on GSN’s American Bible Challenge show on June 19th, 8/7c. Hope you’ll watch!

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10 Ways to Maximize Moments of Rest

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Most of us moms are busy and we say so. And it’s true, we’re learning how to make choices in an age of information overload. When to intake, what to intake, how much to intake…the day seems endless and we’re told that rest is pivotal in our current culture. Today’s  health professionals are reiterating what David penned in song…

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

But how do we accomplish this within the confines and demands of a single day? Today we’re pausing to creatively manage our time and discuss 10 ways to maximize moments of rest. These ideas are designed to simply remind us to take the time to be still.

1. Enjoy a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage without any accompanying digital devices.

Simply choosing to slow down long enough to enjoy refreshment for a few minutes is rejuvenating.

2. Begin the day with quiet time with God.

Yes, this can be challenging with little ones, I know. As soon as they hear a peep, their feet hit the floor. One strategy I’ve used over the years is to pray and read before I even get out of bed.

3. Pause between loads of laundry or other daily housework, schoolwork, or work and just breathe.

A few deep breaths are cleansing for body, mind, and spirit.

4. Take advantage of those moments of waiting that happen throughout the day and close your eyes for just a few minutes if you can.

Waiting in the parking lot? Rest your eyes for a few moments. Placed on hold while on the phone? Just take a moment to close your eyes.

5. Stand up tall and stretch, then sit down in your favorite chair for 5 minutes.

If I’ve been moving at a fast pace all day, then I often will use the timer to make this happen.

6. Take a moment to do something that encourages rest.

Whether this is 5 minutes of reading, playing a musical instrument, no matter the activity, change your pace, slow down, relax.

7. Rest while travelling.

If someone else is responsible for driving or logistics, then take a moment to close your eyes and pray. I often do this when my husband is driving. (not because of his skills, just because I can. J )

8. Stop and listen to your environment.

When the room contains a lot of noise, this can be overwhelming, even if you are accustomed to it. Focus on one pleasant sound and be thankful for it in the moment of rush. My little girls and I will often talk about the birds in the spring and giggle at the conversations we pretend they are having.

9. Remember that you don’t have to close your eyes to pray.

God loves to have ongoing conversations with his children and prayer always brings rest.

10. Laughter brings joy, which yields peace and rest.

Basking in the presence of restful moments throughout the day can prevent the escalation of overwhelming feelings. When the opportunity to rest is before you, seize it and train yourself to be still. You’ll be glad you did!

Which one of the ideas above is one that you want to embrace? And do you have ideas to share that have helped you be more at rest? We’d love it if you’d share them with our community!

Rachel

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