Finding Abundant, Vibrant Life in Christ

Overwhelmed, weary, exhausted, struggling…

This describes most of us as we deal with our busy, over-scheduled lives.  We are so accustomed to being busy and feeling overwhelmed, it just seems normal. But we are made  for so much more! We are created with purpose and, filled with the Holy Spirit, we are to be salt, light, and hope to a scared, lost world.

How do we do that if we are overwhelmed with the everyday demands of life? How do we live the abundant, vibrant lives Christ has for us if we are always exhausted?

You and I can do all things in Christ–all things!  That includes overcoming weariness.  In His power, we can slow down, enjoy life, and become fruitful, productive, joyful people all the time.

Our circumstances are irrelevant!  Our joy depends on Christ!

 

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So How Do We Overcome Emotional Struggles and Overwhelmed Exhaustion?

 

1.  Rest

Our bodies need rest, our souls need rest, and our spirits need rest.

We know this, but it can be hard to do.  We have a long to-do list and many people counting on us.  We can’t just stop and rest, can we?  We must!

God, in His infinite wisdom, designed His creation to operate in cycles and the importance of rest cannot be ignored.  If we are constantly operating in our own strength, trying to accomplish more and more, never stopping, never resting, we become inefficient and unproductive–exactly what we are trying to avoid!

“Be still and know that I am God”…God knows you need rest.  He knows you need time with Him to be refilled, refreshed, and refueled.  Don’t miss out on what He has for you by trying to do it all right now.

God declared a full day of rest after every six days of work.  Don’t think you can out work or out perform God!  In that day of rest, He will refresh you from the previous six days, and equip you for the next six.

Take time to rest!  Claim your Sabbath rest.  Claim your daily quiet time and give God time to transform you in every way.

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:5)

2. Prayer

Direct, open communication with God is the fastest, surest way to avoid emotional struggles, and the most powerful way to overcome them!

God already knows what you need.  Ask Him for help.  Seek His guidance and wisdom for decisions and trust Him for the days ahead.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

3.  God’s Word

Read it. Cherish it. Savor it. God’s Holy Words of love and instruction are meant for you. Even when it seems impossible to comprehend, focus on a verse, a word, and ask God to reveal Himself.

God’s Word is light. It gives us direction and shatters the darkness.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

God’s Word is necessary. Only by reading, absorbing, and meditating on His Word do we learn to be like Christ. Through His Word, we are made whole, complete, and equipped to fulfill our calling.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

God’s Word is nourishment.

“But he answered, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

Through His Word, God will bring you comfort, healing, inspiration, direction, wisdom, guidance, freedom, and, beloved, He will bring you peace.

4. Fellowship

We are created for community.  In times of sadness, grief, anxiety–when we are struggling emotionally, we often withdraw.  We must all be transparent and real with one another, loving like Christ, unafraid to show our weakness, loving and kind when others need our compassion.

Don’t hide your emotions and struggles from others.  We need a small group of fellow believers and friends circled around us in those difficult times.  And we need to be part of that circle for them.

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

5. Praise

There is incredible power in our praise of the Lord. Our focus is taken off our troubles, and lifted to the Almighty. Choose to praise Him in the harshest of circumstances. He is faithful and He is our Rock and Refuge, and worthy to be praised!

 

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

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I want to find my purpose and fulfill it.  I want victory in every area of my life, and I want that for you too. Slow down, dear friend! Find rest in Christ and seek Him first. He will guide you and show you the way forward, but you must first let Him nourish your soul. Trust Him!

Prayer~

Lord, thank You for Your Holy Word. Deepen my desire to know You more, to hunger for Your Word and thirst for righteousness. Open my eyes and reveal deep, mysterious, and wondrous things through Your Word, and would You give me wisdom to understand, and courage to obey. Help me to slow down and not view every moment as a crisis, but to surrender to You and follow Your lead as You guide me. Give me a joyful heart and strengthen me to fulfill my purpose in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

What would you add to this list? How do you overcome life’s struggles and find peace when life is busy and hard? I would love to hear from you, and I pray you are refreshed and renewed in the love and peace of Jesus!

 

Love,

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This post is linked with some amazing, encouraging linkups including: Titus 2 Tuesday at Cornerstone Confessions. Find the complete list HERE

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