Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Confiding in me, my friend told me how overwhelmed she feels. She explained that she is struggling to “get it all done”. Her feelings of NEVER being on top of the game, the tasks of running a household; getting dishes done after dinner, getting laundry from the washer to the dryer before having to rewash it due to sitting there for two days, getting the folded laundry put away, getting her bed made after changing the sheets, getting bills paid on time – despite having the money in her account to pay them, just getting them PAID and remembering all the “little stuff”. This feeling of never getting it all done is never ending and can leave her feeling defeated. She went on to say that she feels out of energy and borderline depressed. It also left her feeling less patient with the kids as she looked around her house noting that yet another toy or activity was started when there were several out already. My friend also struggles with the amount and quality time she wishes she could have with each of her kids. With tears in her eyes she said she just bursts with love for her little ones and wants to do her best for them. Sometimes she just feels so behind with the dishes and the messes that are all around them, such as the toothpaste messes that were crusted over on their bathroom counter for who knows how long. My friend said there was one last issue she would like to share with me and that is the need for help, the never-ending gratitude for help and yet she feels inadequate from not being able to manage or pull it all off on her own. She stated that she must accept that she can’t do it all on her own.
I could totally understand every single word my friend was saying. I have been there and I still am often at that place of just feeling overwhelmed and will I ever have that peace of being “caught up”. It’s especially hard when you are the only one running the house hold, paying the bills and raising the children.
We want peace in our household. When I think of peace I think of Jesus. He is the Lord of Peace. We need our time alone with Jesus, just as Jesus took time alone to be with God. Mark 1:35, Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
In Matthew 6:31-33 Jesus says, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ ‘ What will we drink?’ ‘ What will we wear’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Jesus is saying when you walk into your home and you see the mess, the overwhelming duties of the home life that hasn’t been accomplished, don’t worry He says. He knows what you need. Jesus doesn’t want you to worry about those things. He does want you to seek the kingdom and He promises He will give you everything you need.
Dear Lord, I pray to you today to help me with my overwhelming feelings. I feel so overwhelmed by all the things I need to do as a single parent. Sometimes I feel as though I can’t do a thing because I don’t know where to start, there are so many things to do. Please help me to be motivated and have the energy to get the things done that I need to get done. Please help me to overlook the things that I cannot control and that do not matter. I thank you for your love, Lord and I know that you will provide me with my needs.