In times like these we all feel overwhelmed from time to time. I have had some of the most trying times of my life in 2020. If you are feeling a bit anxious, you are not by yourself.
I have listed five things that I practice to push-through the panic and to arrest the anxiety. This is how I overcome feeling overwhelmed.
The bible gives us much instruction about dealing with emotional and anxious times. God has a pragmatic and spiritual process to overcome.
Phillipians 4:6-7 ESV Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God is not oblivious to our feelings and experiences. When we refocus our hearts and minds we may access the peace of God that transcends our moments of pressure.
Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed you should pause. The process of being still is invaluable when in crisis. The worst thing we may do is to allow negative energy to run wild. When we pause we allow space for God to manifest.
If you are feeling stressed and worried, take this moment to simply stop and sit.
Psalms 46:10 ESV "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"
Thinking about the situation usually offers a balanced perspective. We may initially have an emotional reaction to a particular circumstance. When we pause and process, we usually realize that the challenge is not beyond us.
Proverbs 4:25-26 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.
When you process / ponder, clarity happens, and God gives you direction. Don’t panic, process.
Ask God to give you wisdom. Pray about all of your uncertainties and trust God to care for the things you may not understand.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
After prayer comes wisdom. The purpose of the wisdom is to make your plans. It is difficult to panic when you are in the grips of planning. Planning is an anti-panic practice. When you don’t appreciate where you are, plan your exit.
Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Once you’ve gone through all of the steps, move forward. Proceed to push your life out of this place. No one else can or will do it for you. You will always have the option of parking or proceeding. Once you know what must be done, do it with everything you have.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in the grave.
My prayer for you is that God will grant you peace and clarity. Though it may feel as if your present challenge is insurmountable, you are more than equipped to overcome. The grace of God will keep you.
RC Blakes, Jr.
Overcoming Feeling Overwhelm by RC Blakes, Jr.
R.C. Blakes, Jr. is a husband and father of four. and a grandfather. RC Blakes is an empowerment speaker. Though he is a pastor, preacher and teacher, his approach is conversational. RC Blakes is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and lives between New Orleans and Houston, Texas. He has a passion to help people to understand purpose and to move beyond their pain through understanding. He’s married to Lisa Blakes. The two of them are partners in purpose as they work to change the world, one honest and transparent conversation at a time.
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