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Overwhelmed by the Overload

Overwhelmed by the Overload

Exhausted mothers are huddling together, sharing the tension that’s causing their families to snap. Parents and children are overwhelmed by the overload of activities as they rush from school, through homework, to other activities such as soccer and ballet. They’re racing to the finish line, eager to get through this season of the year. But it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime season of life. So relax. Take a deep breath. Pray with me,

Thy will be done.

Jesus taught us to pray this way, and it’s crucial that we teach our children as well. But for our family to succeed before God and man, let’s put first things first. In the same message from Matthew 6 where Christ gave us The Lord’s Prayer, He told us,

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:33 KJV

This alleviates stress over many circumstances we face, helping us to run with endurance in this crazy race of life. How? Let’s go back to our Lord’s prayer.

  • WORSHIP

Our Father which art in heaven. Hallowed by thy name.

Let’s replace the alarm on our clocks with a favorite worship song and awaken our families in this way. Keep the worship flowing as we prepare for our day.

  • WILL

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

I don’t know about you, but I frequently find myself living before my family and the watching world with the mindset “My will be done.” When venting because things don’t go our way, we teach our children to vent their frustrations toward us and others when they can’t have their way. This breeds a selfish disrespect within the family, inviting an atmosphere for conflict. It can be resolved by moving beyond simply reading God’s Word to applying it to our words, actions, and attitudes. Jesus told us how to attain harmony and holiness,

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it,

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Matthew 22:37-39 KJV

It’s up to us to set the example. And we can post verses throughout our homes and have our children memorize them, impressing them in our minds, helping us make wise decisions in speech and conduct.

  • WORD

Give us this day our daily bread.

Jesus’ words are simple; yet they hold revolutionary power to change the world by changing human hearts. He said,

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word

that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4 KJV

So let’s read the Bible together as a family every day. Let’s read at least one Scripture before eating breakfast, concluding the blessing of our food with,

May our favorite food be to do Your sovereign will, O God,

whatever that looks like.

Discuss the Word. Live the Word. Breathe the Word.

We’re losing this generation to the upside-down ways of the world, because we wouldn’t allow our kids to miss school or a soccer game, but church…well, that’s often another story. Let’s make church attendance a priority.

When at outdoor athletic events, huddle the family together and share a picnic. Make it your entertainment alternative to television.

Let’s eliminate unnecessary activities that are draining us. Replace these with family game nights or keep a puzzle on a table, spending a few moments each day putting a few pieces together. Discuss how when we put God first, the pieces of our lives fall into place.

And pray,

Father, the pressures of life are exhausting.

Help me to surrender and to make adjustments to my schedule.

Prompt me when tempted to make too many commitments.

Show me how and where we can be more effective as a family,

walking in Your sacred Will

By: Connie’s passion is to mobilize women and children to pray. Please visit her website, “My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations” www.myhomeahouseofprayerforallnations.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/conniepn.

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