Some days, no matter how hard I try (or perhaps because of how hard I try), I get overloaded. A client procrastinates or fails to execute on some aspect of a project and the timeline gets pushed out. Then that timeline overlaps with a new project for another client. Then another client has an emergency, which necessitates finding time and a clear mind to field those issues. Then the personal life commitments kick in, including my Bible study class, which is a two-plus-hour meeting once a week plus at least five hours of study through the week. Then I must research for my next book, articles and columns … and suddenly I need a timeout.

I have to step back and find a balance and strength that can only come from God. I stop and I pray. And I keep praying.

Dear God,

I have so much to do. I want to honor my commitments to my clients and to my family, but especially to you dear Lord. But I am not doing so well on that today. I need you, dear Lord, to help me step back and take a breath and see the bigger picture. Help me serve my clients well. Enable me to communicate with them and guide them to you and to fill their needs. Do not let me be overwhelmed, but let me stand tall and firm for You.

I only have this one moment, each as they come. Some days in the midst of the blessing of having too much to do and not enough time to do it, I have to stop and thank God for the blessing He is giving me. I also have to stop and realize if He blesses me with “too much” He will give me the ability to do more than I believe I can.


Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Worry comes when we only look at the world from our personal (narrow) perspective. Faith comes when understand that our small perspective is just one tiny part of God’s plan and know that He is taking care of this small part, and everything we cannot see.

Matthew 6:33 -34 (NKJV)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Author:  Lea A. Strickland, MBA CMA CFM CBM GMC
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