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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When Past Mistakes Overwhelm our Present Lives



I’m sitting here, thinking about how easy it is to become overwhelmed with even the smallest aspects or tasks in life.

One little slip in the past grows in memory into an Everest that seems insurmountable if it must be faced again.  There should be a warning on our own review mirrors that reads something like…

Objects in mirror are much smaller than they appear

I find that once I get over myself, and my fabricated anxiety, I can move past the molehills with more skill and speed than before BECAUSE of the previous slip.  It was a learning experience.  It’s the getting over it that is often the stumbling block.  What’s the secret, then?

Erika Dawson wrote about feeling overwhelmed for Allume on July 14.  You can read that post here.  The main point is that we must replace the lies that we are telling ourselves with the truth of God.

These truths:

·      God cares for us and wants us to give our cares to Him (1 Peter 5:6-7)
·      Don’t rely on my understanding, but trust in God (Prov 3:5-6)
·      God is our refuge, strength, and VERY PRESENT help in trouble (Ps 46:1-10)
·      God’s grace is sufficient; His power is perfected in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9-10)

So, I have to confess my pride of thinking I can do it all in my own strength and understanding, release my plan of attack to The Lord, and trust that His wisdom and guidance is faithful to lead me in the right way.

Will I slip again?  Surely.  Will I be restored?  Absolutely.  I already know what to do next time.


Are you feeling overwhelmed, friend?  Have you found a way to move on?

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9 comments:

  1. LOVE this post, friend!!! Thank you so much for sharing it. "Objects in mirror are much smaller than they appear" - so good!

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    1. Thanks!! It's been a crazy few weeks and I needed this so much for myself. Time to move! :)

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  2. You have no idea how timely this is! Mt Everest is exactly how those past slips look and feel. I think that is one way Satan shames us. Thank God for His truth that sets us free! Thanks Amy!

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    1. Shame, and feeling ashamed - that is it! It's hard to pin a name onto what feels so paralyzing, but you've nailed it. Sorry you've been going through a rough patch, too.

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    2. Yes! Paralyzing shame! Lies from the pit! And as Stacey said, making me feel less than. So glad God doesn't get tired of restoring me!

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  3. I've been completely overwhelmed. Thank you for this timely post.

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    1. Oh, Barbie, I'm so sorry. It's one of the worst and heaviest feelings, isn't it. Praying your burden is lifted, friend!

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  4. Oh, the past can do that. Make us feel as if we are less than or have nothing to offer. Thank the Lord for redemption and renewal!

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  5. Such a timely post! Thank you I needed this! <3

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