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How could I not be when the roof suddenly starts horrifyingly cracking and caving in the inky darkness?
I bolted from the room screaming hysterically, desperate for safety.
“Kelly! KELLY!” my husband’s calm command cut through the gloom like a ray of light.
I made it almost to the hall before my husband’s calling jolted me awake enough to realize it wasn’t real.
It was a dream—a nightmare.
But it seemed real so I lay shaking and sweating while falling wearily back to sleep.
When I am overwhelmed with life, it affects my sleep and I have nightmares sometimes. The heart pounding horrific dreams only seem to last a few seconds, but they are scary enough that I wake up screaming. I’ve had a handful over the last few years.
(Y’all are gonna think I’m a nut.)
In one, I was inside the back of a trash truck that was closing and crunching. In the oft repeated one, the ceiling is caving.
And in the morning, I remember and sheepishly apologize for waking my husband up again from another freakish nightmare.
“You married a loony.”
Even more, I realize that I didn’t deal with feeling overwhelmed, so it dealt with me.
Two more lessons came from that:
- My screams sound weird.
- I can move like a cheetah when I’m terrified.
Do you ever have some days that feel like a heavy x-ray blanket is weighing you down?
Lately, that’s what it’s been like: a long string of family situations that have taken heaps of time, been stressful, and exhausting.
Whether it’s circumstances, finances, health, or people problems, God hasn’t left your side. And yes, sometimes it’s just hormones. But those hormone changes are crazy!
So what do you do? You turn to the Word of God.
Biblically Handle Feeling Overwhelmed
From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety. Psalm 61:2, NLT
“Overwhelmed” in this verse is `ataph (H5848), which means to be wrapped in darkness, to languish, to faint (used of the heart or soul).
The figurative Rock of Jesus is higher than my depths of despair. His light overcomes our dark days.
But we must stop everything and sit at His feet. Daily. Allow Him to help turn our world right side up, if only in our mindset that He is our peace.
Pray and let Him wash over us with the goodness of His sweet presence. Then stand up and walk in this new place of security.
And when the devil comes, or hormones fluctuate, or circumstances pounce, take your fighting stance. He has given you authority through His Word.
If it takes schooling yourself on His promises, then so be it. When you speak His promises the cosmos sit up and take notice.
You’re not going to slide back down under that heavy weight of inundation. No! Meet it with declarations! Squash it into nothingness!
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