“God, I look to You. I won’t be overwhelmed.”
I sing this as a commitment. A choice. A decision.
Life can easily be overwhelming.
Emotions and “what if’s” come flooding in. I can’t think. I can’t hear the voice of God.
I make the choice to not be overwhelmed.
I also need a strategy to make good on my choice.
This is an in-the-moment process to get back in control of my thoughts in a short time. It does not replace the need to spend time feeling, talking, processing, or praying through life’s overwhelming situations.
1. Identify one emotion or screaming thought.
I feel confused. OR They hate me. OR There’s too much to do.
2. Put it aside – on paper, in your imagination, or physically grab the thought from the air and set it in a box. (We are told to take every thought captive in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 10:5)
They say one thing and do another. It’s very confusing.
3. Repeat until I feel at peace and can clearly hear what God wants to say to me.
4. Listen to God’s perspective and plan.
5. Refuse to think the thoughts I set aside. Most weren’t worth thinking in the first place.
6. For those thoughts and emotions that do need some attention I set an appropriate time to think about them.
I have a friend in crisis. I allow myself to think about that situation for a few minutes in the morning and evening when I check in and pray for them. If they come to mind during the day I say a quick prayer, ask God if I need to do anything else, and then set it aside again.
How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed?