Managing Those Times When You Feel Overwhelmed

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Most of experience times where we feel that way. Renee’s 92-year-old mother fell and broke hip a couple of weeks ago and she has needed to spend almost every day with her since. And since those times are not planned but suddenly appear in your life, they can overwhelm your schedule with busyness and emotional exhaustion. And that can spill over to those around you. Over the years, the Lord has taught us a couple of simple but powerful teaches tips to remember in dealing with those times.

The first thing the Lord has taught us that has helped us immensely is, don’t keep thinking about everything that you see lying ahead. You really don’t know all that is ahead. Instead, just focus on the present and what you are dealing with in the moment. Some days are so busy that you have to 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 feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed out by sitting down and praying through everything we are going through together. Renee and I make time to do this. When we do, it’s incredible how much weight feels lifted from our shoulders! 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 bring His grace to the moment and lift you above your daily cares and worries. When you take some quiet time to be with Him and suddenly you find yourself reading Psalm 61:2-3 (NLT) that 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” and you know the Lord led you to those verses to encourage and strengthen you, it makes you smile! You know you’ve experienced His grace. We know the Lord cares for us and the details of our lives and we know that when we pray for grace, the Lord gives it liberally.  Every time we see that grace materialize in our life, we smile, look up, and say Thank you Lord. You are so merciful, kind and faithful! Thank you for your grace!  

Times of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed may come, but just pausing to acknowledge the love of the Lord and His care for you, brings  supernatural refreshing. These two simple things have helped us to intimately experience Him at a time when the devil is trying to blow us up! All of this is the grace of God that you need to keep you feeling empowered and equipped as you press forward in Him!

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT2) “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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