Overwhelmed. This is a feeling that I battle a lot. But, I kind of think I made my own bed. I have 6 kids, live in a foreign country and have a ministry of helping and encouraging others on their spiritual walk. I definitely have a lot to do. But, I imagine that many of you reading this also have a lot to do.
I am trying this year not to put such high expectations on myself, but just to allow God to show me what to do, and be OK with what doesn't get done. However, years of the "stressed-out, high expectation, it all depends on me..." thinking sneak back in easily.
This week, Kevin and I decided that we are having a catch up week. Meaning that there are some things that we have been procrastinating. We are going to get some of those things done this week.
But, in getting these things done, I am not going to allow our "list" to overwhelm me and make me ignore things that are more important. Like the little guy who is sitting next to me right now. It's like Giovanni's "comfort" is to sit beside me, hold my hands and suck on his paci. If he's upset, he does that and it calms him down. This won't last forever and I don't want to miss any of it. Anderson loves doing things with me. Pretending, cooking, art, reading, playing, whatever. He won't always want to do those things, so I don't want to ignore him just to get something crossed off of a list. And there are 4 others, and a husband, who are also more important than the "things" that overwhelm me.
OK. I'm blabbing now.
Hopefully some of you other moms get what I'm trying to say.
Please take a minute to read this article from Charles Swindoll. If you are missionary you MUST read it but I think it applies to anyone who feels like they have too much to do.
Be blessed and encouraged: