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Between the Corona virus, working over 100 hours/week at both of my jobs (one of them now being isolated at home), going at an international adoption of a special needs child alone and so much more, it is so easy for me to feel overwhelmed in the every day.
I have felt smaller than small and just plain defeated at times. I’ve had days where it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and some days it’s hard to pull through when chaos is whirling around you. But I have good news; there’s hope, and it’s easy to find within the chaos.
The way to do it is simple.
That’s it. Simply surrender to the Lord and let Him be your guide. It is through Him that I have made it through all that I have. Throughout every struggle I’ve had whether it’s surgery, money problems or immense stress, I surrender those problems all to the Lord and they are always taken care of.
There have been weeks where we have gone with not a penny to my name and yet due to the planning and guidance of the Lord I have still had an abundance of food, heat, and shelter. My needs have always been met and there has been nothing the Lord hasn’t given to us when asked.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. -Matthew 7:7
At first I found surrendering my problems to the Lord to be a hard task. It was like having a trust fall test with the Lord only that I was falling off of Mt. Everest instead of just falling backwards. At first it was like “Okay He’s got this” and then during the fall the panic, insecurity and fear took a hold of me and filled me with temptation and panic every moment of every day. And then, everything would always work out….it would take until the very last minute but it would happen none the less.
Finally, I started to learn, even if I just had a pinch of faith in my Lord, He would always come through for me. And slowly but surely, instead of feeling as though I’d fallen off of the top of Mt. Everest, it feels as though I’ve jumped onto my bed and be surrounded in comfort and ease of mind.
I’m guessing you’re sitting there reading this going “Yeah, great for you but how does this work for me?” It can. There’s three simple steps.
1 | Pray
Communicating your problems to the Lord is the first step to surrendering. Without communication between yourself and God, you will never be able to establish a foundation of trust, faith and love for the Lord.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. -Philippians 4:6
Likewise, Romans 8:26 tells us that even in our groanings where our prayers do not have words, the Spirit Himself intercedes for us.
2 | Remember that the situation is temporary
Whatever storm your’re going through is going to pass. While it seems huge and unmanageable now, just know that no storm can last forever. It will eventually let up. Have patience and try to keep inner peace.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. -James 1:12
3 | Remember that God is in control
God made the earth, the stars, the sun and all things in the universe. He has seen every event that’s happened every day of every year until the end of time. He knows what’s in store for you and He only lets you have more than you can handle, so that you can grow closer to Him. Take a deep breath, it’s going to be okay.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26
Let not your hearts be troubled with the woes of this world. Find peace and joy in the love of the Savior.
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Hello! I'm Amanda Elizabeth, creator of The Homemaker's Cottage. As a homemaker I have constantly felt the pull between old fashioned homemaking and the fast paced world we live in today. So I created The Homemaker's Cottage: a stress-free space between the old in the new, where there is no judgement and we can learn that homemaking can be relevant, easy and even enjoyable.
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