I had lunch with a girlfriend today and barely let her talk because I was venting. At the end of my lunch “therapy” session, she said, “you sound tired and burnt out.” Whew, was she right.
I know I have talked about being exhausted, stressed, and anxiety ridden in previous blog posts. But I feel like someone (and myself) needs to talk about it again.
I’ve discovered a great source of stress, exhaustion, and even depression is when I say yes to too many things. I take on too many good things, which causes me to miss my best things. It’s so hard to say no and let go of opportunities that come my way. But if I don’t learn the gift of release, I’ll wrestle with a lack of peace. I think sometimes I’m resistant to release because I fear disappointing someone.
Release brings with it the gift of peace. There are some opportunities I need to decline today. There are some things I need to say no to in this current season. There are good things I need to let go of so I can make room for the best things. When we release in peace, we signal we’re now ready to receive.
There have been many nights where I feel I can’t take much more. When I say, “God help me. It’s all too much. I’m tired and frustrated and so very worn out.” But I remember Psalm 142:3, “When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.”
I don’t know what you have to release right now. But I suspect you know. In the violent struggle of trying to balance it all, we will miss every bit of joy each season promises to bring.
So let’s release. With release comes more peace. I see that now. I believe that now. And soon, I pray you will too.
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Oh my word, my precious Angela! This very thing happened to me several years ago! I found myself sitting on the end of my bed, literally in an overflow of tears, crying out to my Father above. Your Uncle David came in and sat down next to me, and told me that I had to start saying no. I also needed to clear out the excess, strip back down to the foundation and rebuild from there. I did exactly that, and rebuilt on that foundation over the last 15 years a life of beauty, peace and incomparable joy that cannot be measured! I am SO beyond proud of you Angela, and even more honored to be your Aunt. I love you with every single breath within me. And always remember, You’ve Got This Sweetheart! 💓💓💓
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Such inspiring words! Saying no can be so hard, but I have realized it has to be done if I want peace within myself!