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Be still and know that I am God
As I began to fully adult, it felt like a wave of overwhelm, confusion and depression clouded and surrounded me. I used to be the strong girl who would face any and everything but still came out smiling as nothing happened. I never dwelt on any problem longer than necessary. Solutions were never far away from me. I could run to my sisters, my mother, boyfriends or anyone who I was sure would help.
Adulting comes with no manual. We go headstrong into it, fall, get up and continue running. It came quite hard for me because at 22 I moved away from the life I knew, the family and friends I found comfort in, to a land that the Lord showed me. Believe it or not, my move to Abuja was divine. This is a story for another day.
There were times that the loneliness choked me. I would stay up all night crying and thinking about my life. I started to get overwhelmed easily. Completing tasks became a tiresome chore. I would feel so overwhelmed, the anxiety will creep in and I would even start to physically shake. It was that bad. I found ways to cope and feel better. It’s been a roller coaster journey since then. I turned 24 a few weeks ago and one would think I would have gone past it all. If I’m being honest, I still find myself being overwhelmed, confused and conflicted. But right now, to permanently secure my sanity, I’m holding on to Gods words and embracing my story and where I am right now.
“This is your reminder that healing is not linear. It’s ok for some days to feel like you’ve regressed, it’s ok for the small things to hurt again. Healing is a continuous learning process”
Scriptures for when overwhelmed
Rather than dwell on the overwhelming moments, I dwell on the good. I dwell on the moments that were happy, easy, impactful and beautiful. I have taken measures such as simplifying my schedule, eating better, doing what makes me happy and all sorts. I can definitely see the progress and I’m here for this.
When the feeling comes, I tell myself…
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I don’t know how to explain the fact that I have so much peace while being overwhelmed. It’s like I know in my spirit that it’s all going to be okay. I keep confessing Gods word over my life because His words are the only validation for me and they tell me his plans for me.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jer 29: 11-13
I am convinced that he has good plans for me and in His word, He has told me what to do. It’s been a struggle letting go and seeking him. Sometimes we do not even know when we have dwelt in overwhelm, anxiety and worry for too long that it even becomes part of us. Or rather, more like an addiction. Whenever I see myself fighting Him, I try to remind myself that He loves me so much and only wants to help me; I am His child. He knows every part of me, my heart, my mind, and even my body. He knew me even before I knew myself.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart and appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
I am convinced that He loves me so dearly.
“ And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Even when the fear and worry comes in…
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I do not worry because I know He will take care of me. If He provides for the birds and even clothes the grasses then ME! His prized possession, made in His own image and likeness, ARGHHHHH I can’t even comprehend.
Adulting seems to have thrown its lemons at me, but I’m really enjoying this process of making lemonade. It’s going to be the most refreshing lemonade ever. Adulting 2 – Me 100. As you navigate this life, remember that God’s word is living and is the truth. Ps. confess these scriptures for when overwhelmed.
How’s adulting going for you? Want to talk about it in the comments?
*Disclaimer: I am a Christian and I have faith in God’s word and His mental healing. All the thoughts in this post are based on that. If you think you need medical help, please seek the necessary help. We are all growing in this journey with God, feel free to share your opinions with me. I love to learn and hear from you. Images used in this post were shot and edited by me. The Location is Central Park Abuja, Nigeria. This post was in no way sponsored by the park.
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