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I'm Blessed, But I'm Stressed

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WE ARE BACK and excited to see what the future of Wonderfully Odd holds.

I am going to do my best to get you all up to speed on what’s been going on with me and how God has worked in my life over the last several months.

I’m sure most of you have heard the quote from which I derived my title for this article: “I’m too blessed to be stressed.” I meant it to be comical and want you all to know I am in no way meaning it negatively.

This summer while on break from Wonderfully Odd I kept a very busy schedule. There was only around three weeks that I wasn’t traveling or involved in some event. I had some awesome experiences and I really feel as if I drew closer to God as He revealed some parts of His will for my life. I came away from it spiritually renewed and feeling on top of the mountain. You will probably hear much about it in some upcoming articles.

I was so excited to start school and begin the wonderful adventure of my senior year. I guess I had expected I would make it through my senior year with no problems and plenty of free time. Boy, was I wrong.

At the same time I started school, my mom had a pretty serious hip surgery, I started my last year of volleyball, and our church bought a new building. This may not seem like a lot to all of you, but I was wishing that my days had a little bit more than 24 hours so I could keep up with the responsibilities I was quickly inheriting. The more full my schedule was becoming, the more inadequate I was beginning to feel. I often found myself in tears of stress.

Little did I know the lesson God was trying so desperately to teach me through all of this. One evening while driving I came to a stark realization. I was trying to handle all of these responsibilities in my own strength. Me and my independent personality thought we could handle it all on our own.

God had brought me to a place in my life that I couldn’t handle everything to teach me that I am not alone in my battle.

God doesn’t want us to handle it by ourselves. He is asking us to lay our burdens and worries at His feet. I have still struggled in this area some in the last several weeks. But I am learning little by little that God wants me to rely on Him, and I really can’t handle it all by myself.

I do want to take a moment to also recognize that although I am sometimes stressed I am continually blessed. I have a wonderful family, the most amazing friends a girl could ask for, my senior year is teaching me so much, and most of all I have a Savior that is continually and sweetly teaching me lessons. I really am blessed beyond measure.  My schedule has evened out significantly in the last couple weeks and I am very grateful for that.

Are you super blessed, but a little stressed? Do you find yourself more often than not stretched too thin and feeling inadequate? Are you relying on your own strength?

I pray that this article was an encouragement to you today. I want to encourage you to look to Jesus and say, “I can’t handle all of this, I need your help.” He is so ready and willing to help us if we will only just ask. Give your burdens to the Lord today. Leave them all at His feet and He will carry you through. It can be hard to ask for help, but God is waiting with open arms to walk with us through the stressful and not so stressful times. Have a blessed Monday!

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