Sunday, May 8, 2011

Four Steps to Dealing with an Overwhelming Life

How are you feeling this Mother's Day? Loved? Appreciated? Over your head?

In case you are more overwhelmed by your to-do list than by appreciation, here is some of the smartest things I've hear about dealing with a busy ... make that VERY busy ... life.  The tips are from Joanna Weaver, author of one of my favorite books, "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World."

When your responsibilities get to be too much, do this:

  1. Invite Jesus to rule your life.  Present this day to Him, and ask Him for wisdom and guidance.
  2. Ask God to reveal the next step, the one thing you need to do next.
  3. Have faith that what needs to get done will get done. What you couldn't do either was unnecessary or is being taken care of by God.
  4. Be open to the Spirit's leading during the day.  You may find your schedule interrupted by a divine appointment. Instead of resisting, flow with God's decision to insert something new in your day. 
My days lately have included the beginning of the "Loving Someone With Mental Illness" support group at Vineyard Columbus.  We meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays at Vineyard Columbus in the Pastor's Lounge, with no meetings scheduled in March, July and November.  If you are in Columbus and need prayer to help you love a person with mental illness, you are welcome to join us! 

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