Kareen K Hartley
Several years ago, I was in such a state of being overwhelmed that I was struggling to cope with all the demands of being a wife, mother, Christ lover and every other role that I play in my daily life.
You know the types of things - the unending housework, the meal planning and the cooking.
It was also the homeschooling, the writing, tending to a special needs child and helping others outside of my family.
It can all become stressful and overwhelming.
Soon, the obstacles in your life become louder than your reasons for doing the things you do.
But God stepped in and redirected me.
Let's face it, He was clamoring for my attention the whole time I was struggling but I trusted my own efforts at survival over His guidance and wisdom.
I would shun His voice, whenever He chimed in.
The more I shut Him out, the more the stress overwhelmed me.
Until, I started getting sick all the time.
I couldn't get anything done.
My way was failing me.
That's when I turned to Him for help!
"Two weeks", He said.
"Come. Let's talk in the mornings at 4 am."
The thought of getting up that early when I was already barely sleeping scared me to death.
But, I was so desperate - I dived right in!
One day at a time, he started to remind me about the things we take for granted every day.
The things that keep us grounded, energized and purpose-driven.
Slowly, but deliberately, I started to implement His ideas.
Within mere weeks, I started to feel a strong sense of peace and inner calm again.
Oh, in many ways, all hell was still breaking loose in my environment.
But, I was learning to be still when I needed to, pausing to acknowledge God's presence and anchoring myself to Him being my Truth.
I was learning how to think outside of the box in the midst of chaos.
I was becoming braver and bolder; no longer intimidated by my own fears.
With His help and empowerment I am making changes that make me stand firm in the midst of my storms.
Now, I want to share those things with other women who are dedicated to their family and loved ones as much as I am but who are having a difficult time keeping it together and staying afloat.
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