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