empty gasFebruary was a busy month.

With 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife releasing on February 1, there were many things to do.  Radio interviews.  Guest blog posts.  Speaking engagements.  Reaching out to wives about the book. 

And working with my (wonderful) editor on my book co-written with Gary Chapman, Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Digital World. 

And running our weekly Sonshine Club at school on Fridays.

And parenting three kids who love to say “MOMMY!  MOMMY!  MOMMY!”

And keeping the sweet flame of love lit between James and I.

And, oh yeah, what is for dinner?

You, my friend, have been here before.  You’ve thought, “I’m overwhelmed.  How will I fulfill all that I am supposed to do?  I’m running out of gas.” 

When you reach that point, take a moment and drop to your knees.  Pray something like this…

Lord, you know what I am supposed to do and what I am not supposed to do.  Please help me to finish the tasks you have called me to do.  Help me to prioritize my day according to Your will.  Guard over my relationships.  Make me productive.  Help me to trust in You.  Thank you for being with me and blessing me with a full life.  I praise You for your goodness.

I’ve found that when I take the time to pray and read the Bible when I am overwhelmed, God comes and gives me the presence of mind I need.  He fills my tank with gas.

As my friend Pam Farrel likes to say, “Don’t look at the mountain.  Look at the mountain mover.”

Friend, when you feel like you are beyond capacity, that can be a very good thing.  Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

When you come to God impoverished, saying “Lord I desperately need you…” this is where God is magnified.

So when you’re overwhelmed, take heart.  God does some of His best work when we realize we can’t do it all.  He’ll take your empty and fill it up by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Arlene Pellicane

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