Don’t Focus On the Overwhelm

Don't focus on the overwhelmI will keep you in perf eat peace when your mind is stayed on me.

Life has been a bit overwhelming for me these last few weeks. It seems that in every area of my life, pressure is building. I feel like the State of California waiting for the big one. Eventually, it’s all going to fall apart. But as I sat in silence this morning, thinking about the recent events and wondering how I was going to manage it all, a verse I memorized so long ago that it was the King James Version, came to mind. 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. 

Isaiah 26:3 KJV

I wasn’t casting about looking for a Bible verse to calm me. I was just sitting quietly before God doing my best to focus on something other than the overwhelm. Handing my concerns to Him rather than give in to the rising panic. And there it was. I said it out loud just because I really did need to hear it! I felt strengthened, so I said it again.

Then I paraphrased it to hold it close all day…“I will keep you in perfect peace when your mind is stayed on Me.” My personal message this morning from God. That seed planted in my heart long ago was springing to life. It was bridging the gap in my composure, which threatened to grow wider.

Slowly, I began to feel solid, less likely to slide out of control and into self-pity or panic. I renewed my point of focus.

I’ve been playing around with a podcast idea and feel compelled to encourage with God’s Word. Today was just one more reminder for me of why knowing the Word is such a critical component of living life well.

Read more reasons for committing God’s Word to memory here.

When you find yourself in hot water, and let’s face it, we all do, what we have put into our lives is what will pour out. To finish well, I need to live lives Steeped in the Word of God.

Author: Loretta Gjeltema

Encouraging women to thrive as they engage with God's word.

13 thoughts on “Don’t Focus On the Overwhelm”

  1. Thank you for this post! A great reminder of why we need God’s Word hidden our hearts. I hope you start the Podcast.

    1. Thank you Maria. I think God is pushing me in the podcast direction. As soon as my book is in the hands of the editor I plan to do some serious planning for how to structure and deliver a podcast.

  2. Thank you for reminding us that God’s Word brings peace when life gets crazy and we take time to focus on Him.

  3. Ms. Loretta; isn’t it wonderful when in those quiet moments, when we seem to need Him most, He reminds us He is right there with us by bringing a verse we had written on our hearts. I think we write them there as a repository for His word we will one day need. He knew we would need it long before we did. Than you and God’s blessings ma’am.

  4. I posted a devotion on my blog about this verse today! Thank you for writing about it here. You talked about feeling “solid.” (Which goes along with what California needs and what I pray for, not to fall apart!) I want to hold on to this verse too and stay solid.

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