This week I’ve felt a little overwhelmed. I have had plenty of time to get things done, but have added very few check marks to my to do list. I have responsibilities that I must fulfill—both to my family and to ministry in which I am involved.  When I look at all that must be done by the attached dates, instead of getting it done, I have been immobile.  Instead of being motivated to move forward, I find myself stuck. My couch suddenly feels like it is made of superglue—with me affixed.
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Just Not Feelin’ It

Merriam-Webster defines overwhelm: “to overpower in thought or feeling.”
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This definition makes it sound like I have some choice in the matter—especially if it concerns my ‘thought or feeling.’   Now, before I am too hard on myself I remember that feelings of being overwhelmed can accompany major transition.
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But, even though I know some of what I’m experiencing is part of a process, what do I do about this time of not ‘feelin’ it?’
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Here’s what I’ve been thinking would help:

  1. Give myself a break—It’s okay to put aside the ‘to-do’ list for a few days.
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  2. Rest and do something enjoyable—Today I went to the library and checked out some movies that I am eager to watch. I’m also going to sleep in tomorrow!
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  3. Remember that it will get done- The most important things will get done. Stepping away from things for a time helps bring the essentials to the surface and allows the non-essentials to fade away. I like doing extras, but too often I allow the extras to drive the train.
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  4. Spend time talking to God about how I feel-David wrote Psalm 142 during a time when he was feeling overwhelmed.  What did he do? He cried out to God and he reminded himself that God would provide direction and help.  I find great comfort in his words: “When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn” Psalm 142:3 NLT.
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What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Do you have anything to add to the list?
©Brenda Pace, 2010
I took the 1 am red-eye flight out of Fairbanks, Alaska Sunday morning. Needless to say, I was tired when I arrived home. Today has been a day of rest. I am so grateful that it was a day the calendar was clear so I could allow myself to be still and…rest.

Sleep till noon?

YES! I slept from 10pm -12:13pm! I can’t remember ever doing that before, but it felt good—really good!

And then…

I enjoyed simple pleasures like good coffee and this:
Watched Masterpiece Theater online:
Downloaded some messages from here:
Ordered some free books from Military One Source:
http://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/Tools/LibraryResources.aspx
Discovered a great devotional site by favorite minister the late Ray Stedman: http://www.raystedman.org/new
Reflected on a wonderful ministry experience in Alaska and the wonder of a midnight sun.
Had a few fleeting thoughts concerning whether I will be able to sleep tonight after getting up so late????

True rest…

I’m grateful for a day of physical rest, but I am more grateful for the rest described here:
The rest that Christ gives is an inward and spiritual thing. It is rest of heart, rest of conscience, rest of mind, rest of affection, rest of will. It is rest, from a comfortable sense of sins being all forgiven and guilt all put away. It is rest, from a solid hope of good things to come, laid up beyond the reach of disease, death and the grave. It is rest, from the well-grounded feeling, that the great business of life is settled, its great end provided for, that in time all is well done, and in eternity heaven will be our home.~ J.C. Ryle
What a rest that is and will be!
What do you do when you have a day of rest?
©Brenda Pace, 2010