I am so excited to share with you a blog from my dear, Vanessa McGee!!! I knew the first time she shared it with me that I wanted to share it with you. SO GOOD, SO TIMELY!!! Hugs, Marie
Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Too much to do and not enough time to do it? I totally understand. I am the one sitting behind my computer with my hand waving in the airing yelling, “That’s me, that’s me!”
No matter your age or your season of life, we all have moments where we feel overwhelmed.
You may be a student trying to get ready for your final exams; a teacher, trying to educate and empower the next generation; the president of a company; a volunteer at a local shelter; or maybe you’ve just had another baby. Whether you are managing a Fortune 500 company or trying to manage a family of four, there is pressure to be successful and do your job with excellence.
But wait, there’s more.
Now there is the added pressure to post about how perfect of a job you are doing through one of your gazillion social media sites. Then comes along the Christmas season, and as wonderful as it is, it can definitely bring added pressure to your life. You know, the pressure to have the Pinterest perfect Christmas.
I don’t know about you, but going to parties, buying gifts, sending out cards (and the list goes on and on) can leave you feeling drained physically, financially and emotionally. Or you may be experiencing the guilt of not going to parties, not buying gifts or not sending out cards.
Life can be so overwhelming. Sometimes we just need to stop, take a deep breath and think about what Christmas is all about…the celebration of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ!
Recently, I attended a ladie’s luncheon for women in ministry. The speaker that day encouraged us to read passages out of the Bible in at least three different translations to try to get a new or different perspective on the passage.
She then proceeded to read from a familiar passage that we read during the Christmas season. Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT says, “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”
Then she read from the New English Translation, which describes him like this: “He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
When her mouth uttered the words “extraordinary strategist”, something in my heart leaped. I sat there in awe thinking of how Jesus is a master at extraordinary strategy and he wants to shoulder the responsibility for me. He wants to take the weight off of you and me by giving us a plan of action to implement.
When the weight comes off and His plans go into action, then we can experience His peace.
This revelation not only left me speechless, but also grateful for all the goodness that Jesus has for us.
Take a moment to reflect and rest in all that the birth of Jesus has provided for you.
Now, in the areas where you are feeling overwhelmed, cast that care upon Him…allow him to shoulder the responsibility.
No matter what area of your life or the size of your problem, ask Him to reveal a strategic plan for your needs, for He is an amazing, Extraordinary Strategist!