Anybody else been feeling somewhat overwhelmed lately? Like you don’t just have one big decision to process, but more like ten big decisions?
That’s how it’s been in the Bathon household over the past few months.
Ok, so I’m being dramatic when I say we have 10 big decisions, but sometimes it can feel this way.
Buying a house, changing careers, starting new ministry projects… Lots of deciding!
..But trust me, no complaints here. I’m super grateful for these opportunities.
So what do you do? I’m not going to just sit here, self-loathing about my “problems.”
I make lists…
If you are like me, the type that needs to see things down on paper, lists are perfect for you! It’s an awesome way to see things in a new perspective. And it’s super practical.
If you see it written down, these decisions may seem less heavy. I have a sense of accomplishment when I check off tasks.
Lists are practical and they help, because perspective is hard…
I believe wholeheartedly that God’s timing is perfect and that He knows our hearts, but it doesn’t always help when people’s advice goes like this, “Everything is going to be fine!”
I don’t want to have a pity party with you , but when I’m frustrated I don’t want to hear, “Everything happens for a reason.” God gave us community so we can share in our anxieties and our rejoices. You can’t nor should you keep them all bottled up.
Sometimes things just suck… It’s nice to have people say it sucks too.
Like I said, I believe 100% that God is gracious and knows exactly what we need, but this kind of advice doesn’t help when the stress of decision making is bearing down on you.
I don’t know about you, but I need practical tasks…
In my life God doesn’t normally just lay the answer right in my lap or give me a road sign with the answer as I’m driving down the highway.
That’s why I write, journal and make lists. It’s a practical way that Jesus speaks.
His love is so deep for us. It’s normal and HEALTHY to feel frustrated. Sometimes this part is hard for me… I don’t LET myself feel frustrated. I keep going and bottle it up as if everything is ok. Thank goodness for community who allows me to share these things.
FEEL what you’re feeling, but don’t let it take control. I am constantly looking back on situations where I didn’t understand, but God knew exactly what was happening. I have to laugh at how silly I was being then…
When I am feeling super frustrated, I try to lower my pride and ask Jesus to fill my heart with more Christlike love. That I would get out of my own, selfish head and see my life and other people as opportunities to share.
God’s going to equip you. He’s not going to leave you hanging out to dry. Some things just may suck along the way…and that’s OK.
Welcome to real life. Don’t disregard what’s going on, but get ready for that breath of fresh air! God is so good!