“This is all just so….overwhelming.”
I hear this constantly from women in ministry AND I have said it at least million times myself. Feeling overwhelmed isn’t a weakness or sin. Often it means you are in a transitional stage where life is changing and you’re sensing the conflict between the old and the new.
The key to resolving that conflict, is to give yourself permission to do what you can with what resources you have right now.
The honest truth is I could grow my ministry faster if my kids weren’t home, my kids could have more of my attention if I wasn’t leading a ministry, and my house would look so much better if I wasn’t in the middle of writing a book.
But here’s the thing: God has called me to build a ministry, have a big family, and write a book. So He must know there’s a healthy balancing place and I’ll likely find it centered around His plan for me.
There are lots of tips to help you get organized that will make your life a little less hectic, like cutting back on TV watching, getting a good organizer, doubling meals and freezing the extra one, but you’ve got be OK with letting non-urgent things slide if God is directing your attention towards something else.
Remember ministry is a process and you’ll continue to change and grow as your ministry changes and grows.
When God calls you to move towards Him, you have to move away from where you’re at right now. Often times we picture spiritual growth as a road. To move forward (to grow) you simply put one foot in front of the other. Whether you’re running, walking, or crawling, you just keep pushing forward. From my experience it’s more like monkey bars.
The only way to reach the bar God is putting in front of you, is to let go of the one behind you.
It doesn’t seem too difficult until you realize this shift will leave you dangling by one hand! But the longer you hang on to the bar behind you, the more weary you grow. My best advice to move past this overstretched position is to carve out some quiet time to ask God what you can let go of and then do it! You may be surprised how much momentum you pick up when you let go of something that’s holding you back.
What do you do when your ministry or life in general becomes overwhelming? I want to know! Post your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to join the conversation over in our group of like minded women, Christian Women Who Lead.
Angela J Herrington is founder of Broken Beautiful BOLD online women’s ministry and Life and Leadership Coach for Christian Women.
In addition to operating a successful boutique social media agency, she teaches women how to recognize, cultivate, and unleash their God given leadership ability. She holds a BA from Indiana Wesleyan and a Masters in Leadership from Wesley Seminary. Her graduate research project focused on leadership development and opportunities for Gen X women in the US church.
Angela is a Lark’s Song Certified Life Coach who reaches hundreds of thousands of women in 40+ countries each month on Facebook, IG, Twitter, Pinterest and two blogs. She is Director of Communications for Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy, a women led organization dedicated to engaging, empowering, and equipping women to lead in the church.
She is the host of the soon to be launched God Sized Calling Podcast and has also been published in Hope for Women and HOPE is Now magazines.
Angela is a also wife, mom to 6, and proud resident of Marion, Indiana with her family when they’re not traveling the US in their RV.