Are You Overwhelmed?

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Do you feel overwhelmed at times? This isn’t an uncommon feeling for Christians. The evil one doesn’t want us to shine for Jesus so he works hard to pull us down any way he can. I praise God for giving us a sword to fight off those wrong thoughts that come our way. The verse I use the most is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That scripture has seen me through many challenging moments in my life.

Another verse that gives us ammunition against the forces of evil is James 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him”. We need to constantly remind ourselves that God promises to give us the wisdom to do all He has set before us. The following verses in James 1 are equally important!  They explain the huge problem with doubting. Sadly I have to admit that there have been too many times in my life that I doubted God’s promise. It is so easy for me to allow worry to creep into my mind and cause me to think very wrong thoughts. I praise God that He is so forgiving! When I come to Him with a repentant heart, He graciously forgives me and pours into me the wisdom I so desperately need to be His light and channel.

What is it that makes us feel overwhelmed and worry? As home educators our lives tend to get so busy that we have a hard time trying to decide what we should do first. Elizabeth Elliot suggests that we simply say to ourselves, “Just do the next thing”. This works well for me. When I think of all that I need to get done, I often spend too much time worrying how I will ever do it all! I have the greatest success accomplishing things when I allow a Bible verse to give me the encouragement I need and then say, “Julie, just do the next thing.” I’m very grateful for the advice I received from Mrs. Elliot.

It is important to read our Bibles each day and recite Bible verses several times a day. I’ve found that placing Bible verses all around my home keeps me focused on God. From time to time throughout my past twenty years of homeschooling I have made it part of our daily schedule to listen to my children quote their weekly memory verses. I wish I would have been faithful to do this every day of every school year because I know how important it is to hide God’s Word in our hearts. Those verses give us the wisdom to shine brightly for Him, and they rescue us when we fall prey to sin.

Share with your children how God is working in your life. It not only points them to Jesus, but is an example for their future. My adult children often call me to share great things that God’s doing in their lives and ask me to pray for them when they are struggling. What a blessing it has been to me to see that they are giving God the glory when they have success and going to Him when they are struggling!

What a blessing it is to have Bibles in our home! Let’s read them and use God’s Word as our swords.

~Julie Walter
MÂCHÉ Board Member


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These are good encouraging words to help us on our journey as homeschooling moms. Keeping God's Word around the house has also helped me when I need to be reminded of a promise. My children have posted them in strategic spots for each other to help encourage in a certain area they were seeing their sibling struggle.

Worry and doubt and feeling overwhelmed can at times cause us to be incapacitated, feeling unable to perform our tasks. You mentioned Elizabeth Elliott's suggestion to 'do the next thing' and that phrase has helped me as well. She talks about the concept of doing the simple tasks before us which can help clear our thinking and by action put to rest some of the overwhelming fear or anxiety that threatens to overcome us. Thomas Carlyle said" Doubt of any sort cannot be removed excepty by action" Elizabeth Elliot adds " There is wonderful therapy in taking oneself by the scruff of the neck, getting up, and doing something. While you are doing, time passes quickly, time itself will in some measure heal. And light arises in the darkness, slowly it seems, but certainly. The phrase " do the next thing" comes from a Saxon Legend inscribed in an old English parsonage;
'Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
Time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King-
Trust them with Jesus. Do the next thing! '
Just recently while waiting all day for test results to come back for a dear loved one, my 79 year old mother told me" I just decided I better keep busy or the day was going to be unbearable so I washed all my window blinds." Often times we can also just decide to do something for someone else amidst our own trials and somehow the Lord steps in and lightens our own burden as we focus on the other person. These are ways we teach our children, one trial at a time, how to take steps to get through. Praying and trusting God to help us rely on Him to give us the physical strength as well as emotional.

Speaking of Elizabeth Elliott I would like to recomend her devotionals as they are written in short chapters on various topics requiring only a few minutes of time but delivering sound precious truth from God's word. " Secure in the Everlasting Arms' , "Keep a Quiet Heart" and "The Music of His Promises"

Molli Ophoven

How do I get Started

My daughter was homeschooled on line last year and isnt enrolled any more so I want to homeschool her traditionally how do I get started? I get overwhelmed as I work 50 hours a week but am home during the day to help her but I don't have a clue as to where to begin. if you could guide me in the right direction it would be most appreciated.


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