God’s Grace for When You Feel Overwhelmed

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Most of us do at different times. When I was younger in life and in the Lord, I felt that way far too often. So did Renee. Back then, neither of us managed the stress of feeling overwhelmed well. We each handled it differently. Renee for the most part, internalized things. She would think too much about about what was ahead and all that was on our plate. We had a lot and it could easily feel overwhelming yet she didn’t let it show and always kept a great countenance before people. No one could see that inside she was working through great stress. Back then, she really didn’t know how to deal stress and so she simply didn’t. She just forged ahead nurturing our four small children and me, a husband that was out of town often, a squeaky tight budget and the responsibilities of ministry. Eventually the stress of all this caused her to manifest symptoms of sickness in a variety of ways. We did not know for the longest times that these symptoms of sickness were directly brought on by the stress.

When I got uptight and started to feel overwhelmed and stressed out, my temper got shorter. That certainly does not reduce stress. It increases it. That was a curse and something I had to absolutely deal with.

At that time, it didn’t seem like there was much we could do about the things that were causing us to feel this way. We have always had very busy lives. We had four children that were involved in many activities from sports, to programs at church and school. Then we had all of the many responsibilities that ministry brings to one’s doorstep. And then we were lacking the maturity to say no to the pulls continually petitioning us to take on more. It wasn’t uncommon for us to continue to take on more and more.

As you probably well know, that can’t continue. Over the years, we got smarter and learned to pace ourselves. There are times in life to say yes and be stretched, and there are times to say no. Conscientiously good people always want to do more to help or be a blessing to people. Learning to say no almost feels like breaking an addiction. That is often followed by working through false guilt like you were a bad person for saying, I’m sorry but I can’t manage one more commitment in my life at this time. We learned to talk through and pray about what we gave ourselves over to rather than just instantly say yes. As we matured, we made better decisions and more effective commitments.

We also learned to get more sleep. Weariness magnifies emotions which can magnify stress and the complications that can come from it. It’s amazing what a good night sleep or nap can do to help rejuvenate you. Renee gets more sleep at night. I take more naps. It really helps.

Busyness is often the excuse for poor eating. Poor eating complicates and works against your physical well-being, thereby increasing your stress. And it doesn’t help things by eating quickly on the fly to give you more time. If people are eating poorly, then you can almost be assured they are not giving themselves over to any kind of physical fitness routine—one of the better stress relievers there are.

One of two things the Lord has taught us that have helped us the most are these: First, we have learned not to look at everything that lies ahead. Look only at what we can handle without feeling overwhelmed. That is often just the day we are in. Some days are so busy that we take them on a half day or even just one activity or appointment at a time. God gives grace for everything one step at a time!

Secondly, God helps us manage the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed out by giving place to that intimate time with Him in His Word and prayer. He instructed the children of Israel to become dependent daily on Him for manna. Manna is the Word of God—the promises of God’s word to each and every believer of Jesus Christ. God is in covenant with you. Your faith in His promises can supernaturally lift you above your daily cares and worries. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 

Don’t let him overwhelm and devour you! Instead we are instructed to, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”(1 Peter 5:7 NLT) God isn’t telling us to bury our head in the sand concerning the issues or busy schedules that we face. He is telling us that He cares about them and that He is our Provider, our Helper, our Deliverer, our Wisdom, our Counselor, our Rock, and our Strong Tower. He’ll help us if we go daily to that place that reminds us of His love and help toward us. Time with the Lord and being reminded of His love and that He is with us is what brings that sense of peace and trust—like putting on a warm sweater on a cold day. Only God’s promises can lift us above the cares of this world because of His Word and promises speaking louder to us than any momentary circumstance.

Psalm 61:2-3 (NLT) says, “From the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help, for my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.”   We all have times of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Knowing, praying and speaking His promises over myself and others is the infusion of peace and confidence that gets my right back on track and helps me to be more than a conqueror in Christ.  I am feeling refreshed just thinking about this. His supernatural refreshing can be yours from being overwhelmed also. All of this is the grace of God that you need to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Instead, feel empowered and anointed in His grace!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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7 thoughts on “God’s Grace for When You Feel Overwhelmed

  1. I hope you will be blessed to know that I found this post from 4 years ago and it is a lifeline to me this morning as I have recently returned to school and also experienced a death in the family (my mother in law). I am thankful for brothers and sisters like you who share wisdom and love on the internet. God bless you!

    • Susan, Praise God! I am so thankful to hear that Fresh Manna spoke to your heart and comforted you at at time where you really needed that touch from the Lord! Praise God for His grace and timeless and powerful word! God bless you and thanks for sharing!

  2. Wonderful reminders. Many underestimate the value of sleep and proper diet in relieving stress. It makes a huge difference. And then hearing God’s Word and prayer. Also, love the idea of that “moment at a time.” Nice post. Thank you!

  3. Thank you for the great reminders that our problems and stresses are in the hands of a God who truly cares for us. One Scripture I remind myself aloud when I feel really weary is: “For I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that he is able to guard that which I give to him this day”. (2 Timothy 1:12) That says it all. If Paul was able to bear up under persecution, stoning and emprisonement by knowing this truth, so can I !

  4. Thank you, Pastor. Your words come at a particularly good time for me. I was on uuemployment for a year and then got a job which turned out to be one of the worst experiences I’ve had to endure. I learned what “hostile work place” means. I tolerated verbal abuse, having folders thrown at me, etc. but didn’t want to quit because we needed the money desperately. The final straw came when my manager questioned my integrity-I’d never done anything remotely dishonest-this was completely uncalled for and hurt worse than the abuse and I decided I could take no more. I’m continuing my online classes for medical coding which will take a few more months while I keep looking for another job.
    I have feelings of self-doubt and worry about our financial situation. Your words help me put things into perspective and to feel more hopeful about the future as well as remind to me to take care of myself. Thanks again for your timely words.

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