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How to Give Thanks When We Are Overwhelmed

ThanksgivingMarci Anthony2 Comments

. . . make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:21

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?  Had too much on your plate? Wanted to erase every filled box on your calendar? That’s where I was!  I just wanted to crawl on the couch, turn on the T.V. and pull a blanket over my head, hoping no one would see me! How can I do EVERYTHING that needs to get done? They are all things I love and agreed to do and truly felt God had placed on my plate. So why am I so frustrated??

In Hebrews 13:21 the word “complete” doesn’t mean “perfect” it means “prepared.” This verse is telling us that God is equipping us by way of adjusting, shaping, mending, restoring, or preparing us by what He has put “on our plate." God is preparing me in every work to do His will so that I will be well pleasing (through Jesus Christ). WHAT??? 

This means I need to get on my knees and ask God to give me strength, energy, wisdom, discernment, and even the ability to do the things I need to do. He had me exactly where He wanted me, where I needed to be...unable to do it in my ability and strength so that I would seek Him. I can get so distracted by what I am supposed to be doing that I forget WHY I’m doing it.

God never expected me to do ANY of it in my own ability – He knew I couldn’t; but He had to show me that I couldn’t do it. It is when I seek Him that what seemed like an overwhelming schedule, actually turns out to be opportunities to minister to others and to see Him working in my life.

What was once an overwhelming mess, in God’s hands becomes a way to reach out to others with love, joy, and peace. It is in those moments that I realize it is all through Him, and then He gets the glory and praise instead of me hurting my arm by trying to pat myself on the back for “all I did."

The holidays are upon us! You can choose to be overwhelmed, frazzled, and maybe even a bit angry. Or you can get on your knees and ask God where He wants you and what He wants you to do. Then, do it in His strength so that others can see the fruit of the Spirit manifested in your life. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

What are people seeing in you, someone who is overwhelmed or overjoyed?

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Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 3:17; 2 Corinthians 13:11

Action Item |

Write down three things you are thankful for today? If you are overwhelmed, write down why you are overwhelmed and give it to God in prayer.

Prayer |

Lord, help me to seek You in everything I do.  In Your hands even the smallest gesture can have life changing results.  Help me to remember that it is all about You not me. Amen.

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