Today’s Truth

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

(Isaiah 40:31, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Just call me Taffy!

Seriously! Does anyone else feel like they are being pulled in a thousand different directions?

Here’s how my month is shaping up.

Week one: Our daughter and her family are moving to a townhouse while they are building a new house. I can help pack, but since I can’t do a lot of heavy lifting, I volunteered to take care of Justus and Hudson, two of our precious grandchildren. I know. It is a terrible assignment, but somebody has to do it. We are also hosting Easter dinner after eight church services at the church my husband pastors.

Week two: We have two pastors from South Africa staying with us for a week. Both precious men that serve in our missions ministry … but they expect to eat and have places to sleep and shower. You know the drill.

Week three: I teach a women’s Bible study … have one day to put the house back together after the two pastors from South Africa leave … and then leave for a three day speaking engagement in North Dakota.

Week four: I teach the final session of our women’s Bible study … and then head to North Carolina for about ten days to help our son and daughter-in-law who have a brand new baby girl – our sixth grandchild – as well as seven year old twins and a two year old little boy.

Have. Mercy.

And I know you can relate! You are just as busy as I am. Whether married or single, with or without children, working outside the home or in it … if you are alive in the twenty-first century, you are probably living life in the fast and furious lane.

Overwhelmed is a word I often hear and the way I often feel. But I don’t want to live a frantic life. The remedy is learning to wait on God.

No one ever felt the pressure and demands of life more than Jesus Christ. And yet, He never gave the impression of being overwhelmed during His time on earth. Jesus always seemed to know when it was the right time to come or go, to speak or be silent … to take action or be still … because He knew how to seek God and wait on His direction.

And that is the secret to being an overcomer instead of being overwhelmed.

Jesus never let anyone or any circumstance distract Him from what was most important – time alone with God. In fact, Jesus was willing to walk away from the crowds of people that followed Him if He felt the need to spend time with His Father. Jesus knew that His source of strength and power, His direction and wisdom would be found in that time alone with God, sitting at His feet, waiting and listening for His Father to speak.

Jesus made deliberate choices that allowed Him to seek God. We must learn to make those same choices, some of which are hard decisions to make.

Am I willing to find my worth in the presence of God instead of in the approval of others?

Am I willing to set aside my to-do list in order to seek God?

Am I willing to surrender my calendar to Him?

Am I willing to change my plans during the day when I sense Him leading me in a different direction?

What is urgent is not always what is most important. To keep from being overwhelmed, we must surrender every minute of every day to God, asking Him to give us discernment and wisdom about where to invest our time.

If we want to run the race for an audience of One, we have to be willing to spend time alone with God, preparing for that race. Learning to wait on God instead of rushing headlong into the day, hoping and praying that God blesses our efforts, will radically change the way we live. When we make Him our first priority, every other priority will line up, and everything else will fall into place. A life of purpose will replace that frantic life filled with stress and anxiety. God will renew our strength. We will soar on wings like eagles; we will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint. We will be overcomers!

Let’s Pray

Lord, I am tired of being overwhelmed by life’s demands. I choose to see You and Your plan for my life. I lay down my agenda and my plans. I surrender to You.

In Jesus’ name,


Now it’s Your Turn

Evaluate the time you spend seeking God.

Do you wait on Him in prayer to receive direction for your life … or do you come up with a plan and ask for His stamp of approval?

Do you listen for His voice when you pray … or do you do all of the talking?

What changes do you need to make in your schedule that will allow you to spend more time in prayer?

More from the Girlfriends

Need help? Mary’s husband, Dan, has written an E-Book, Chair Time. Dan says: “We have over-complicated prayer! In its purest form, it is talking with and listening to God. Most of us have the talking part down. The listening part – not so much! Chair Time is the story of how I am learning to listen to God. It’s a simple story of a simple man learning a life changing truth. God wants to speak to us! He will, if we get in the chair.”

Be sure to check out the FREE MP3s on Mary’s website. Connect with Mary through email or on Facebook.

7 Responses to “Overwhelmed”

  1. Judy says:


  2. marynell says:

    How simple, how obvious IF we stop and think it through. Thank you, Mary. We need to be still, comfess, offer Him a sweet aroma and WAIT for His instructions. Im looking fkrward to reading Dan’s Chair Time.

  3. Saundra says:

    I have made a decision without God’s approval I feel. Anxiety and fear have gripped my body. I can only pray moving forward God will help me and lead me correctly now. Praying for peace in my body.

  4. Deborah says:

    I wish I had your life!
    My daughter is grown up with two precious little girls of her own; they just moved into a big, gorgeous house; they live with her hubby’s family; mom, dad, one 10 yr old boy and one 12 year old daughter; my grand babies are babies are 3 and 6 and babysat by the mother in law all day (jealous!) because my daughter and her husband work. This is her mother-in-law’s 5th marriage.
    Now my only daughter doesn’t get along with, respect and she even hates her stepdad, my husband, never has really tried!
    So my daughter and I had a fight when she told me the stepdaughter was acting like she did when I first married my husband… She did not like the comparison. So we’re not speaking and I even left all of my friends on Facebook. But I can’t see my grand babies and their birthdays are coming up. Heartbroken does not even begin to cove how I am feeling!
    I tried to reach out to her but she did not respond. Can anyone else relate? I Have prayed and cried out to God, but I remember that He gives us all free will so I am pretty much sunk!

  5. Jessica says:

    I love this devotion. God’s word always has perfect timing in my life. I need to stop and reflect before making decisions. Most of all, I need to stop and ask God for his guidance. I need to start listening during my prayers. I need to give him a chance to speak and show me. His path has always been better than mine. Thank you Heavenly Father for Your everlasting Love, Faith, Patience, Grace, and forgiveness. In Your Name we pray, Amen.

  6. Kelly says:

    I definitely need to read Chair Time. Listening and wanting to here him has been apart of my prayers. I feel as though im doing something wrong. But no I dont sit quite much at all with 3jobs and active teens. I truly try not to worry or feel overwhelmed because I know better things are coming to me. But life weighs heavy, and it is a tough task. I enjoyed your post.

  7. Sharon says:

    How timely this devotion is! I am president of our church’s women’s group. We are a very small group and our annual ladies tea for approx. 100 ladies is this coming weekend. On top of everything else, I was asked Sunday night to present a devotion at our regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. With everything going on, this devotion REALLY struck a cord with me and seemed to touch the entire group when they heard it.
    Then, this morning…a co-worker in another state called for some technical assistance and in our conversation shared a personal stress situation. Shared this devotion again and it has touched yet another heart.
    Thank you!

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