Guest post: Overwhelmtion

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Today, we have a very special guest to share about overwhelmtion.

This person is in fact my favorite person in the whole world.

This person is caring and compassionate, gives sacrificially and is the funniest person I know.

This person also makes my heart spin and I look forward to each and every day we have together.

In case you haven’t guessed yet, our special guest is the one and only Patrick, my amazing husband.

Haha, sorry hon.

How about this one:

So anyway, let’s move on to the point of this post.

I thought it would be good to talk about overwhelmtion from a man’s perspective. I often think that overwhelmtion is mostly experienced by women, and while that might be the case, we can’t deny that men face it also.

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1. Tell us about yourself:

I am married to an amazing woman. (I, Missy, totally didn’t write that.) I have four children, two boys and two girls. I enjoy riding my motorcycle and building and driving radio control cars.

2. Share about your experiences(s) of overwhelmtion:

When we lost our first house.

3. What challenges have you experienced as you have faced overwhelmtion:

The feeling of failing as a husband, father and provider. Wanting to just give up on everything.

4. Have you felt God’s presence in the midst of overwhelmtion? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

At first, no, until I quit focusing on myself. Once I surrendered to God and trusted his plan for me, I had peace and calm about my situation.

5. What advice do you have for others who are experiencing overwhelmtion?

Trust God! His plan is likely not our plan. God will not forsake you. He will give you the strength and courage to face whatever obstacle you see (or don’t see).

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Last night I said to Patrick, “Is there anyway you can elaborate on your answers? Talk more about your feelings?”

He looked at me with the look.

The look that says, “Um no.”

But the more I got thinking about it, the more I realized that Pat’s answers, even though they are short, are extremely wise.

I think part of my issue with overwhelmtion, and probably a lot of other women, is that I think about things too much. I let ideas and fears and doubts and everything else roll around in my head all together. It becomes one big overwhelmtion mess.

Pat’s words are ones I need to remind myself of every day – trust God! He will not forsake me.

I recently read Ted Dekker’s book, Blessed Child. There is a line in the book that really stood out to me. The child, Caleb, was talking to his father about being still and listening to God. Caleb said, “But what if I get tired of being still?” His father answered, “Then you haven’t waited long enough.”

God wants me to be still in His presence. He wants me to calm my thoughts and focus on Him. Everything else is really of no importance.

Today, if you are facing overwhelmtion, I encourage you to follow the example of Pat – surrender to God, trust His plan for you and accept the peace and calm He provides.

Blessings on your day,

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