Babe and I have both been experiencing some significant anxiety the past several days. It’s Monday and I can feel it in the air. It’s a feeling of being overwhelmed and maybe slightly in over your head.
A few months ago, we decided to take on our business full time. He quit his job after 13 years. It was a liberating feeling! Not just because this is something he’s wanted to do forever, but because we knew it was the will of God. (This awesome story will be a great topic for another post!)
Now that the busy season is in full swing, things are starting to get both exciting and stressful. I stay home full time with our daughter, so I help him with office side of the business. This on top of the normal day-to-day of being a homemaker has put some stress on me too.
My workload has increased significantly. Just sitting her typing this post, I feel guilty for not cleaning something (but this is my devotion time, so I am making myself do this!) Grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, dishes, paper work, bills, errands, potty training, and the list goes on! My head is spinning!!!
Babe is also stressed. He doesn’t sleep well at night because his mind is constantly on the business. This further stresses me out, because I worry about him.
So how are we coping besides going insane and losing our minds? Goodness… the only thing I know to do is give it over to God. Pray and trust him and allow the promises of his Word comfort us.
Phillipians 4:6-7 has been a favorite of mine for years, and in times like this it is my “go to” scripture.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The thing is, life is going to bring many challenges, and we are going to experience anxiety and stress due to it. We are human after all! But God’s word says that we can bring these things to him in prayer. We can bring our needs to him and be assured that he is working it all out. This brings peace that we cannot understand. Peace that only comes from God!
So today, I have given all of this anxiety to the Lord. I have asked him to work out the things that I, in my human limitations, cannot take care of myself. And I have left it all in his hands. It’s his now, not mine! So now I am going to get back to my “to do” list! However, I will be sure to give thanks to my God for his sweet peace that overshadows the stress that has tried to envelope me.