There’s Nothing Easy About This

The demands keep piling up this week.

Phone calls to make, people to see, documents to complete, emails to send.
At home, dishes and laundry pile up, trash cans overflow.

Some women would be running around getting all this stuff done like a wound-up superhero.

Not me.

When I am stressed and overwhelmed, my go-to strategy is shut down mode. Shut down, zone out, and roll up in a big ball of anxiety and inadequacy. Am I the only one?

I can’t be or God wouldn’t be having me write this today…

 

There’s nothing easy about this life God has called us to. This life where He commands us to be in service to others, to lay ourselves down for people who often don’t deserve it, to love and forgive over and over and over.

There’s nothing easy about taking care of a family or a business or a ministry. There are a million demands every day. There are lots of people to keep happy and many dynamics to balance.

And all of it is exhausting. There’s nothing easy about it.

One of the most misleading clichés we hear in Christian circles is that God won’t put more on you than you can bear. There’s no truth in that statement. God always puts more on us than we can bear. It sends us straight to Him, desperate for help and strength. Right where He wants us- in total dependence on Him.

If only I would run to Him first, instead of clinging to my anxiety like a security blanket. If only I would lean into God’s promises, instead of pushing Him away.

We are abundantly blessed by the King of Kings.

The truth of the matter is that I often act like a spoiled ungrateful brat, when I am abundantly blessed and infinitely loved by the King of Kings who gave His life in my place.

Today, I choose to stand up and gratefully walk with God through the day He has blessed me with.

My fellow stressed sisters, let’s press into these verses today:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 4:7-8


How do you get through tough days, weeks, or seasons?

12 thoughts on “There’s Nothing Easy About This

  1. Amen to that! I love the verse you quoted.. “by prayer and thanksgiving make your requests known to Him” He already knows right? but when we go to him in Prayer and in Thanksgiving he responds.
    I totally heard myself in your post… this week has been rougher than I had hoped but I know that he walks with me and he has it all under control. 😉

  2. Less than four years ago I would have been the one running around to complete everything, but recently I have been the one to shut down and just give up. I am not sure what changed. I do know that I am becoming more and more dependent on Him day-by-day. “I am abundantly blessed and infinitely loved”. Thank you for this today.

    1. I’m so glad it encouraged you. Yes, I understand! It took one burn-out to change me. Now I think I’m terrified of feeling that way again so I shut down instead. I’ve gotta work on continuously running to Him!

  3. There is SO much truth in this! When things start to get rough, I’ve learned that the best thing to do (instead of the usual kicking and screaming) is to just go straight to God and give it to Him. He’s seen it all and dealt with it all. He knows far more about time management and interpersonal dynamics and whatever else I may be dealing with. And then He uses these situations and times in our lives to grow our character, which ends up blessing us beyond measure :-). Thanks for such a wonderful reminder!

    1. Yes! If only running to Him would become my default. I’m committing to working on that this year, through His strength of course. Thanks for your encouragement!

  4. Amen! He always gives us more than we can handle so we can run into His arms. Isn’t that like the whole theme of life? Lol

  5. I was just pondering this over the weekend!!! When there is too much to do I get nothing done- almost like I’m scared to start!! This encouraged me to do better about turning over my anxiety to the Lord!! Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad it was helpful! Thank you for commenting. I can totally relate to that feeling! In those moments, I force myself to only think about the next thing to do (not the next thousand tasks or so…!)

  6. I love this part:

    It sends us straight to Him, desperate for help and strength. Right where He wants us- in total dependence on Him.

    I am working hard to hone my dependence skills! Thanks for sharing your insight!

    1. Thank you! I’m working on that, too! It’s so easy for me to fall into a scarcity mindset instead of holding fast to the God of abundance.

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