When You're Overwhelmed

12 steps to sanity

We women are master multitaskers. We can talk on the phone while simultaneously folding laundry and planning next week's dinner menu. We can do the dinner dishes while planning next summer's family vacation. We can put on mascara while ironing our hubby's dress shirts—while eating a soy-flax yogurt parfait.

But even for the woman who can do it all, life can be overwhelming.

There are just those days (or months) when everything comes crashing down on you: When the soy-flax yogurt parfait falls on your freshly mopped floor. When the laundry starts to pile up. When your to-do list is longer than your teenager's "every kid in the entire universe has unlimited texting on their phone except me" rant.

Unfortunately, there are very few people who can drop everything and head to the spa for a mani-pedi every time life gets overwhelming. So what do you do when life throws you an overwhelming curveball? You know what I'm going to say, don't you?

You pray.

Praying God's word when you have too much to do

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28 NLT)

Lord, I am tired. My burdens are heavier than I can bear. Lord, please give me rest.


Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. (Matt. 11:29–30 NLT)

Lord, you've promised if I ask, not only will you take my burdens upon you, but you will teach me how to find rest for my soul. My soul craves that right now— yet everywhere I turn I find something else to worry about. Lord, show me your ways. Fill my soul with your gentleness today.


Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Ps. 139:23–24 NLT)

Lord, you don't desire for me to be anxious. Instead, you want to sanctify me through the work that you have given me to do. Search me. Show me what I'm doing that is ungodly, and help me to remove it from my life so the work I do will be for your glory alone.


For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isa. 41:13 NIV)

Lord, thank you for holding my hand when I am over- whelmed. Please reveal yourself to me in new ways today. Fill my heart with your comfort. Fill my body with your strength and my busy day with your rest. Help me to trade my worry and my stress for complete reliance on you. Every time I start to feel overwhelmed, fill me with the peace of mind that comes with the knowledge that you have promised my soul rest.

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