Read this when you’re frazzled and #cantdeal with life

Life. Really? Who has the time to chase dreams when you’re being chased by demands and deadlines? Or floored by every sucker punch reality lobs at you?

Ever been there? (Or maybe you’re in the midst of it right now.)

Here are 3 things to remember when you you’re tempted to put life on hold to grapple with its worries and anxieties:

1. Let not your heart be troubled

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. —John 14:1 NLT

When you’re in the middle of a challenge, instinct shoves this question into your face: What are YOU going to do about it?

Our problems constantly demand an answer to that question, but the Lord doesn’t want us to look at ourselves; He wants us to shift our focus from us to Him. From our lack onto His supply. He wants our hearts to be at rest even when our world appears to be falling apart around us.

“But if I don’t do anything, nothing will happen.”
“I’ve gotta make sure I’ve got this, or everything will collapse.”
“It’s irresponsible for me to do nothing!”

When we release our cares into the Lord’s hands, we’re shifting our focus to Jesus, the adultier adult we can turn to who doesn’t get frazzled. Who specialises in fixing what we’re frazzled about. When we give our cares over to Him, we’re saying, “God, my hands are small, but yours are huge. My worry can’t solve my problems, but your perfect grace and power can.”

And do you know what the best part is?

2. Jesus actually really enjoys dealing with our issues

Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. —Matthew 8:2-3

Whenever anyone in the Bible came to Jesus with a problem, He always brought a solution that was an over-answer to their issues. Have you ever seen Jesus turning people away, asking them to come back when He was in a better mood? Have you? No? Me neither.

We see Jesus refreshed after talking to the Samaritan woman—an outcast—at the well. We see Him willingly touching a man with leprosy+ to heal him, body and soul. And we see Him calming the stormy sea when His disciples honestly thought they were going down. We see Him stilling the wind and waves with just one word, “Shalom!” And we see Him asking His friends why they were afraid when He was there to save them. *

Our God is not just able but so willing to meet you right in your current distress.

3. You’re already on the side that always wins

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. —Romans 8:37, NLT

Do you know why the Lord enjoys dealing with your issues? Not just because He’s great at it, but simply because He loves you!

Our victory over the many demands in our lives depends not on our perfect obedience, but is ours through Christ, who loves us. You’re a winner because of His love for you, which is infinitely more dependable and unshakeable than our love for Him.

So in the midst of your challenge, let not your heart be troubled. Take your eyes off yourself and look to your Savior, because He’s ready to be the strength you don’t have in your weakness. And take heart—your story isn’t over until overwhelming victory is yours!

Editor and creative director. Lizzy’s background is in filmmaking and design. She is obsessed with good typography and visual balance. Her favourite hobby is hoarding blank page notebooks and calligraphy tools.

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  1. I’m read what do you do when worry overtakes you just to check out the site and enjoyed reading it and was encouraged I’m a grandmother and partner of Joseph Prince Ministry

  2. Just read all your inspiring writings and am encouraged and strengthened to trust our Lord Jesus in all things. The article on stress and anxiety was especially timely …Thank you for this ministry…I’ve been sitting under the ministry of Josph Prince for 5 years in which the Lord delivered me from a 45 year bondage to alcohol that brought me to deaths door. Sober for 5 years now the Grace of our Lord Jesus continues to teach and amaze me!
    Much love to you all for sharing the gospel of grace that set this captive free indeed!!!

  3. Such an encouragement in time of need and despair! Balm to the sores and life to the dead!!! Keep up the good work decibel! Cheers?

  4. Yes! \(^,^)/ Let not your heart be troubled! The Lord cannot ‘let not’ for you! You don’t have to guard your career and finances and health, just guard your heart and the Lord will guard everything else!!! \(^,^)/ Jesus loves to take care of your problems! God named His Son Salvation! Saving you is Jesus’ job description!!! \(^w^)/\(^w^)/\(^w^)/\(^w^)/\(^w^)/ We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us and gave Himself for us! And through Him who loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins and not ours only but also for the whole world! Look at the beaten and bloodied prize fighter who takes home the million dollar purse to his beautiful wife reclining on the bed! He is a conqueror! She is more than a conqueror! Ooooo Hallelujah for the Lord who loves to save!!! \(^w^)/ God of my strength I come to you! Beholding your face I’m changed anew! Rested within Your strong embrace! Upheld by Your love, Your saving grace!!! \(^w^)/\(^w^)/\(^w^)/\(^w^)/\(^w^)/

  5. You know the Lord wants to free you from something when you just start weeping at just one question. Do you know the Lord “enjoys” dealing with your issues. Humans can make us feel like we’re a burden. Say things like gosh, you’re so needy – or worse. That is not our beloved! I need remember it!!!

  6. Thank you Lizzy for this and Praise the Lord for His Hesed endures forever! Thank you for this bite sized words.. I am an overwhelmed mother of 2 whose hubby is travelling so much I had to solo parent for a month and it is wearing me thin.. I was all parent out especially now, thinking what am I going to do when this or that happens, so much so I forgot to look towards Jesus and the Holy Spirit came knocking for me to get into the word..so thank you once again for this..Let not my heart be troubled for I trust the Father God and Christ my Lord!

  7. whew , right on Time dad… you know i have no honor , only in you am i strong.
    my ” what are you gonna do about it”
    is in full on survival mode. and Father the adult i look toO sees not my face.😔
    THE MIRACLE I NEED CAN ONLY COME FROM YOU . I’M DRAWING CLOSE I’AM

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