“I can’t take one more thing.”
You hear yourself say the words to your spouse, kids, coworkers—and you feel like no one quite gets it. You say them over and over and over again, but the work and the commitments and the needs keep piling on.
You feel like no one understands what you really mean. But it’s hard to find a way to say it all. It’s hard to tell the people around you that:
- Your mind keeps spinning
- You don’t have enough time to do the things you’ve already committed to do
- You can feel your heart pounding in your throat
- Your jaw aches from all the clenching
- You wake up sweating in the middle of the night
- You literally dream about all the work you have to get done (let’s be real—they’re nightmares)
- You either don’t eat—or you eat too much
- You’re too overwhelmed to ask others for help
It’s what you mean to say when you tell them, “I can’t take one more thing.” It’s what you try to convey as you list off all the things you have to do. But, still, you feel alone—unheard and misunderstood.
Giving God Your Worries
God is near to you when you feel most alone. When you can’t muster the energy to say how you feel, he understands. When you fear you can’t do it all, he gently reminds you that you don’t have to do it all.
God wants you to bring your worries, suffering, and anxiety to him. Take a moment right now to quiet your mind, focus your heart, and pray through these verses with me:
God, show me that you are close to me right now.
The Lord is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope. — Psalm 34:18, GNTD
Lord, remind me that you are the one in control of everything.
God is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble. — Psalm 46:1, GNTD
God, let me know you understand how I feel when no one else understands me.
You know everything I do;
from far away you understand all my thoughts. — Psalm 139:2, GNTD
Lord, thank you for helping me when no one else can.
For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” Let us be bold, then, and say,
“The Lord is my helper,
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?” — Hebrews 13:5b-6, GNTD
God, help me continue to bring my anxiety to you. Amen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. — Proverbs 3:5-6, GNTD
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