When Life Seems Overwhelming

When Life Seems Overwhelming

Life Can Seem Overwhelming

As women, the matrix of our lives can be complex and difficult to handle.

At times we have so many roles to play, so many hats to wear, so many balls to juggle, and so many persons depending on us that life that seems overwhelming.

Overwhelm Threatens…God To The Rescue

In times like these when overwhelm threatens, one thing I’ve found and that I’m grateful for, is that God in His love, grace and mercy often steps in and places someone or something in my path at just the nick of time that either shifts my perspective, changes my circumstances, or speaks to my spirit so the sense of overwhelm is abated…He is so good!

Has that ever happened to you?

When overwhelm threatens, has God ever stepped in and placed someone or something in your path at just the nick of time and as a result, the sense of overwhelm abated?

Has a person ever “just shown up” in the course of your daily activities and begun a conversation or shared something with you that was exactly what you needed to hear?

Or, have you ever “had an urge” to check WhatsApp, iMessage or another social media platform such as Instagram or Facebook and found that someone had sent you a message or posted something that was applicable to your situation and encouraged you in a meaningful way?

Or, have you ever “randomly” turned on a radio or TV program or pulled up a YouTube video that “happened” to have content that spoke directly into your spirit or situation, shifted your perspective and lightened your load?

That’s happened to me many times…God is good!

My First Line of Defense

When life seems overwhelming, my first line of defense is to turn to God for comfort and direction through prayer and the Word just as He repeatedly invites us to do throughout the Scriptures.

In these times, I’ve found that anchoring myself in the Word and prayer and 1), leaning into the reality that I have a Sovereign Heavenly Father who loves me, watches over me and cares about every aspect of my life and well-being, 2), embracing the love, grace and peace of Jesus, and 3), seeking and following the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit in my situation, has been, and continues to be, the stabilizing force that restores me to my needed place of inner and outer balance, making the journey forward easier.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t do it otherwise.

When life seems overwhelming, God, in His totality, and the Truth found in His Word are my anchor, my breath, my harbor, my stabilizer, my counselor, my guide, my peace, and my way-maker, and for that I am forever grateful…\0/

When life seems overwhelming, I pray that you will too turn to God and in Him find all that you need.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 – NLT

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Isaiah 55:22 – NLT

“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.”

Psalm 119:143 – NLT

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Psalms 46:1 – NLT

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27 – NLT

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 – NLT

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5,6 – NLT

Be encouraged,

Kim

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Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

The song “Who Am I?” by Point of Grace from their album “Steady On” has been in my spirit all week.

When I think of God and who He is…when I think of the sovereign, eternal, glorious, awesome, wise, powerful, splendid, expansive, gracious, loving, faithful, multifaceted magnificence of His being…and then I think of me…and who I am…it totally blows me away that He would be mindful of and want a relationship with me….who am I?

Be encouraged and blessed by God’s gracious, merciful, awesomeness as you listen to “Who Am I?’.

Who Am I?

“WHO AM I?” – POINT OF GRACE

LYRICS

Over time You’ve healed so much in me,
And I am living proof.
That although my darkest hour had come,
Your light could still shine through.
Though at times it’s just enought to cast,
A shadow on the wall.
I am grateful that you’ve shined your light on me at all.

[CHORUS]
Who Am I,
That you would love me so gently?
Who Am I,
That you would recognize my name?
Who Am I,
That you would speak to me so softly?
Conversation with the Lord most high.
Who Am I?

Oh Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost,
But now am found.
Was blind,
But now I see.
And the more I sing that sweet old song,
The more I understand.
That I do not comprehend this love that’s coming from your hand.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Grace, grace.
God’s grace.
Grace that will pardon, and cleanse within.
Grace, grace.
God’s great grace.
Grace that is greater than all my sin.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Lord, Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Lord Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?

Who Am I?

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – KJV)

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – NLT)

“I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?”

(Psalms 8:3-4 – The Message Bible)

SELAH!

Who Am I?

Father I am forever grateful for You drawing me to Yourself and enabling me to have a relationship with you by grace through faith in the sacrificial death, shed blood for my sins, and resurrection of Your Son, My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in spite of who I am.

Thank you!

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

Lyrics of “Who Am I” – azlyrics.com

“Who Am I” by Point of Grace courtesy of kentish001Blessing – http://www.youtube.com

Push Through To The New

Push Through To The New

This morning when I walked onto my back patio, I saw this green shrub growing up through a crack in the concrete.

When I came inside and reflected on it and these words came to my spirit…

Push Through To The New

“Even as this shrub has pushed through this “impossible” concrete barren place and brought forth green leaves representing new things, in this season, if you determine to push through the “impossible” concrete barren place in your life, you too will bring forth green leaves of new things.”

Move Forward And Push

“Move forward and push. Push and I will help you break through the “impossible” concrete barren place. Push and I will help you penetrate that which has blocked your advancement. Push and I will cause you to break forth and flourish in the very place deemed “impossible” for you. “

Do Not Get Discouraged or Dismayed…Refocus

“Do not be discouraged. Do not be dismayed. Do not let past experiences paralyze you. Forget those things which are behind. Remember them no more. Refocus. Refocus and cast your net again. Refocus and build it again. Re-focus and step forward in faith and push, and as you push, I will make a way through what seems to be immoveable, indestructible, impenetrable barriers and will cause a breakthrough for you.”

Push Through To The New

“Even as this shrub has pushed through this “impossible” concrete barren place and brought forth green leaves representing new things, in this season if you determine to push through the “impossible” concrete barren place in your life, you too will bring forth green leaves of new things.”

Those are the words that came into my spirit as I reflected on the green shrub growing up through a crack in the concrete on my back patio.

They were a rhema word of encouragement for me because I am aware of the “impossible” concrete barren place in my life and am now determined more than ever before to trust God, refocus, and push through.

What about you?

Do you have an “impossible” concrete barren place in your life?

Do you have a dream, a vision, or a goal that you know at your very core that you need to move forward in, but you’re hesitating because you’ve tried it before and failed, or you’re afraid to try because of seemingly immoveable, indestructible, impenetrable barriers?

If so, be encouraged to trust God, refocus, and by His grace push through believing to see Him cause a breakthrough for you to His honor and glory.

God Will Make A Way

“This is what God says,
    the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
    who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
    they lie down and then can’t get up;
    they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
    rivers in the badlands.”

Isaiah 43:16-19 – The Message Bible

I pray that just as this post was an igniting rhema word of encouragement for me, it was also for you.

Blessings!

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Life Got Busy

Life Got Busy

“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”

– Proverbs 16:9 NLT –

When I started Unwalled Words my intention was to write and post a minimum of once per week.

Things started out okay…then in June, life got busy.

Life Got Busy

Notice I did not say that I got busy…I said then in June, life got busy.

And, what do I mean by life got busy?

What I mean is that a cascade of extraordinary circumstances and difficult situations happened to people close to me and these persons reached out to me for support and help in various ways…it was like the old adage, “when it rains, it pours”.

As each situation presented itself, I knew within my spirit that I needed to help, and as such had no inherent problem doing so, but it did not come without a price.

The Price When Life Gets Busy

What was the price?

Helping them cost me lots of time, energy (mental, emotional, spiritual and physical), and focus, and this in turn, and most significantly, cost me the laying aside of the pursuit of some key personal goals and plans.

You may think, “So, what’s the big deal with that?…it happens to me lots of times…you sound selfish”.

And you’re right… on the surface.

It’s normally not a big deal for me to help in this way, in fact, as a person called to help others, it’s something that’s quite common in my life, but in this instance, what was different was the timing.

You see, at the beginning of the year, God told me that it’s time to re-build and pursue certain goals and plans that He had previously instructed me to place on hold, and I’ve steadily worked in that regard, but as June approached, I sensed an urgency in my spirit to bear down and push harder because an extra grace to move things forward would be present during the month.

This was confirmed when my pastor announced that the theme for the month of June was, “We’ve Got to Make a Move” and shared with us that He believed that God was saying that it was time to lay aside all previous hinderances and procrastination and move forward in the things that He has been speaking to us about both corporately and individually and as such, we need to make a move.

That confirmation placed a sense of urgency in me, and just as I was about to focusedly barrel down and push forward…life got busy.

Something Came Up Each Day

Each day, seemingly out of nowhere, something inevitably arose that necessitated my attention in some way resulting in the laying aside of what I’d purposed to do relative to pursuing my goals and plans.

Has that ever happened to you?

Has life ever gotten busy for you…at the “wrong” time?

Have you ever been in a season where there’s an urgency in your spirit to really push forward and focus on certain goals and plans and just as you are about to thrust forward, life got busy and unanticipated demands were placed on you that necessitated a shift away from your intended focus onto the needs of others, and you found yourself getting everywhere with everyone else’s plans, but nowhere with your own?

As the days passed, on one hand I felt good in my spirit because I believe the Lord wanted me available to help as I did and I could see Him at work in the various situations, but on the other hand, I felt frustration threatening to brew inside because June, the month of divine acceleration to move forward with my goals and plans, was quickly running out and my progress in that regard was zero.

Frustration Arose

One morning last week, frustration was no longer a threat, but had become a reality, so I began to talk with the Lord about what was transpiring.

Not far in, He reminded me of a powerful reality that I knew, but embarrassingly had allowed circumstances to cloud.

The essence of what He said was:

Do you not make yourself available to Me and ask Me to order your steps each day?…And do you not place everything including your plans before Me each morning and ask that My will be done?

Yes Lord.

So, what’s the problem?

Why are you frustrated?

Have I not answered your prayers?

He was right.

What was the problem?

Why was I frustrated?

In light of my prayers, and the fact that God is God and He knows best, there was no real reason at all.

God’s Manifested Will Trumps All

Since I’d already asked the Lord to order my steps each day and had committed everything including my plans to Him each morning, and asked for His will to be done, by faith I needed to accept that each of the extraordinary situations and circumstances that arose where others needed my help and I could sense the Lord wanting me to help, were a part of His manifested will, and as such submitting to the same was more important than sticking to previously authorized and approved plans so there was no problem nor need for frustration.

With that simple shift in perspective and alignment with spiritual reality, my frustration evaporated.

Instead of seeing June as a frustrating, “wasted” month because of a lack of progress in my goals and plans, I saw it as a month of service to others and faithful submission to the Lord’s manifested will.

When life gets busy, as we submit to God’s manifested will, what a difference a shift in perspective and alignment with spiritual reality can make!

And, not only that, because of my pliable posture and obedience to His will, the Lord has promised to redeem the divine acceleration what I “missed” in June…what a blessing!

Today if you find yourself in a similar season and/or situation to the one I was in, I pray that this post is a source of encouragement and help that leads to spiritual alignment, breakthrough and peace for you.

Blessings,

Kim

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