Overwhelmed

When everything seems too much… you are barely surviving… overwhelming pressure mounts… Help is here.

Lately I’ve encountered a number of people who have been feeling overwhelmed at things they or those they love {family & friends} are going through in life.

I know the feeling. I’ve been there before.

This afternoon, I closed my eyes and pondered some things. I thought of the crisp white pages I write on, the seamless marks left on the paper or screen, the organised layouts.

I thought too of the early writers of the Bible. I imagine their writing experiences were a little different to mine. I picture manuscripts dusty with sand, blood spattered and tear-stained as the scribes wrote not only the inspired words given by God but at the same time their own experiences of life in all its rawness {His words, yet their story too}.

I believe the narratives we read, were recorded because these people were just like us, and we need to hear them. Their stories contain ‘endings’, whilst our own lives are only part lived out and not yet finished. We need to know how God ‘ends’ things.

//Overwhelmed// but God//

Esther… overwhelmed by responsibility. But God… saved.

David… overwhelmed by shame. But God… forgave.

Job… overwhelmed by grief and loss. But God… restored.

Hannah … overwhelmed by the desire to have a child. But God… responded.

Moses… overwhelmed by insecurity. But God… provided.

The woman caught in adultery … overwhelmed by fear. But God… showed mercy.

Jonah … overwhelmed by his calling. But God… enabled.

But God…

But God…But God…

But God…But God…

Those words are so reassuring. When all seemed hopeless, God: saw, heard, came, comforted, provided, encouraged, redeemed, loved, and made a way.

Not only is He all these things (amazing as they are!), but also, Jesus is one who empathises with us. He’s been here before, fully man, well acquainted with being hated, rejected and despised; entirely understanding of sorrow, suffering and grief (Isaiah 53:3).

If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that He is…

Immanuel – God with us

El Roi – God, who sees

Elohim – God, our strength

Jehovah/Yahweh Jireh – God, our provider

Jehovah/Yahweh Rapha – God, our healer

Johovah/Yahweh Shalom – The Lord, our peace

El Shaddai – God, all powerful

Jehovah/Yahweh Rohi – God, our shepherd (protector)

Jehovah/Yahweh Tsidkenu – God, our righteousness

Cry out, as David did,

“Oh God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” (Ps 61:1-4 New Living Translation).

Know that,

“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath” (The Message version), “The Lord is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope” (Contemporary English version), “The Lord is close to those who have suffered disappointment. He saves those who are discouraged” (Easy-to-Read version), and “The Lord is near to the heartbroken. And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin) (Amplified version) (Ps 34:18).

Be encouraged!

Love,

A girl growing xx

Scripture references: The Holy Bible (several translations)

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Treading water// Oceans deep

When you find yourself treading water, just hold tight to your mustard seed sized faith and remember that He loves you. Trust. He has you in oceans deep.

Recently I had a really rough week. It felt like I was treading water and at any moment I was going to go under and drown.

Tears flowed.


And frustration.


Sadness. Loneliness. Despair. Pain. Heartache. Grief.


I wished things were different.


They weren’t.


I’m sure you have been there too. When the oceans of life seem too deep to traverse. When all you know in your heart to be true, seems the opposite to what you experience. 


Perhaps you’ve felt bad when you’ve struggled to trust and hope. That’s the place I found myself in.  I know God doesn’t condemn, but I felt disappointed in myself. Why couldn’t I do better?


The answer, I feel, is that I am human. I hurt when my heart breaks. I don’t understand my suffering.


At one of my lowest points, I put worship radio on, trying to dig myself out of the deep pit I’d found myself floundering in. And this song came on…


Trust in you – Lauren Daigle


Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I try to win this war
I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest
Mighty warrior, king of the fight
No matter what I face You’re by my side


When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You


Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So let all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less


When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You


You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation
The rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood


When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You


I fully understood those words about her struggle. I wanted to trust. I didn’t know how.


At this time, I heard God say to me, “You only need faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain (Matthew 17:20). The tiny bit of faith you feel like you have is enough”.


Wow. I knew He was right. Even at my lowest, I’ve always known that my hope is in Him.


So, if like me, you find yourself treading water, just hold tight to your mustard seed sized faith; remember that He loves you; remember that He works all things together for good for those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). And trust. He has you in oceans deep. He will move mountains for you.


A girl growing mustard seed sized faith xx




Scripture references: The Holy Bible (several translations)

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