When Overwhelmed Is All You’ve Got





These are words that describe my state of mind right now.

As I sit in the quiet, looking over my to-do list, which keeps getting longer and longer, I feel overwhelmed.

Our family has many exciting things on the horizon. But even joyful happenings can cause anxiety.


Birthday party for our youngest

End of school year activities 

Moving out of state

Job Search

Going back to school

Having a baby (or in our case, adopting a baby)

We’ve been through most of these before but not all of them together at one time.

And friend, let me tell you: it’s quite overwhelming.

Lately, I’ve found myself at my wit’s end, yelling at my children over things that didn’t really bother me in the past.

Just yesterday, my little kids were being wild in the playroom. Y’all, they’re always wild in the playroom. It’s nothing new, and usually I can handle it. But yesterday…

I yelled at Vivi for irritating Jonah and then I yelled at Jonah for throwing a stuffed animal into the kitchen, nearly spilling a full glass of juice.

I lost it. It was bad.

I sent the kids to their rooms. In actuality, I was the one who needed a time-out, yet supper was cooking on the stove so I couldn’t just walk away.

While they whimpered quietly in their rooms, I took some time to reflect on their actions.

And my reactions.

Of course, I was in the wrong.

As I walked into Jonah’s room to apologize for my emotional outburst, he put his arm around my shoulder and said the sweetest words, “I forgive you, mama. Here’s a kiss.”

Then he kissed my cheek and wrapped his arms around my neck.

What gifts he had just bestowed on me.


And grace

So often as moms, we forget to give ourselves grace. We deny ourselves forgiveness.

We all mess up; it’s a part of life. We will make mistakes, lose our temper, feel stressed. But instead of the usual berating self-talk, let’s be intentional about giving ourselves grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

Today as I read Isaiah 29:13, the Lord spoke to my weary mama heart. In this verse, He is speaking about His people:

“These people come near to me with their mouth and they honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…” (NIV)

I don’t want my heart to be far from Him. I want my children to see Jesus in my words and actions. I want them to see me ask for forgiveness. I want them to see me bestow grace upon them. Most importantly, I want them to know that I love Jesus with my whole being.

But it’s not always easy, is it, dear friend?

What has  you stressed beyond your capacities? Are you feeling overwhelmed by life’s circumstances? 

Precious Jesus, help me to not only honor you with my lips but also draw near to you. Let my love for you overflow into everything I do.



6 thoughts on “When Overwhelmed Is All You’ve Got

  1. What you described could have been a day from my life years ago. My youngest is 12 now, but I remember those late afternoons. I lost it many days. My take away from those days (exactly what you said): Give myself grace. This is a great encouragement for moms of young kids. And, for moms of big kids, too. We can still lose it. : )

    1. Thank you for your encouragement! Those late afternoons and evenings can definitely be a challenge!

  2. Your post reminded me of the days that I sent myself to my own room . . .
    Now, with my “baby” age 15, I smile at the memory, but those days were both hard and precious. Things change so fast in a family, and the pressure is always there — just different in different seasons. Thankful for a God who never changes!

    1. I’ve definitely sent myself to my own room as well. Yes, I am glad our lives are made up of different seasons and that God never changes!

  3. Found you from the Planting Roots Facebook page. My to-do list is overwhelming me right now and I am working on prioritizing and then taking it one step at a time. Great post!!!!

    1. I’m glad we were able to connect through Planting Roots. Myto-do list can get really overwhelming too but taking it one step at a time is key. Thank you so much for your encouragement!

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