By Sarah Damm
Opening my inbox, I saw the email waiting for me. I knew what it would entail, before I even read it.
Your deadline is approaching. Please submit your article ASAP.
Panic set in. I could not even think about adding one more thing to my overflowing plate.
In addition to the panic, I noticed that sadness set into my heart, too. I wanted to write that article. I wanted to do it, more than anything on my to-do list. And I was sad that I felt too busy to do what I loved the most.
How did I get here? Feeling so overwhelmed? How did life get so chaotic, so out of proper order?
A week later, I finally sat down to write. But instead of being happy, I felt frazzled, out-of-sorts, and weary. I stared at a blank document, and the cursor blinked back at me, wondering where my words were.
What are you waiting for? Write something already.
I had nothing. Nothing except a list of adjectives that described my current state of mind:
Overwhelmed. Weary. Chaotic. Lacking order. Anxious. Paralyzed. Stuck. Indecisive. Discouraged.
It was a pretty sorry list. How was I going to encourage and uplift readers, if that was all I had?
As I asked the Lord for HELP (in capital and bold letters), He immediately reassured me that “my help comes from [Him], who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121)
And then God invited me to write, but only about what was right in front of me. He showed me that I wasn’t the only woman suffering from burnout, weariness, anxiety, and discouragement. And perhaps someone else needed to hear—like I did—that the Lord is her help, too.
There are moments in life that feel incredibly heavy. Perhaps we are weighed down by chronic illness, financial stress, family tension, or depression/anxiety. Maybe we’re exhausted by the daily grind. Feeling behind may paralyze us instead of motivate us to get organized. We may not see a way out, and the only thing we can do is cry out to God.
Sisters, when life is hard, it’s okay to admit it. There can be great freedom in releasing that reality, instead of holding it in and pretending like everything is fine. It’s especially okay to admit it to Jesus.
Out of the depths of your pain, your weariness, and your disappointment, cry out to God! Wait for Him. Hope in Him. God is overflowing with steadfast love for you. And He has the power to redeem our messes, our difficulties, and our struggles. (Psalm 130)
As I wrote my honest reality and thought about the encouragement we all need to hear sometimes, my pain remained. Would my words be hopeful and helpful, even if I needed them just as much as the woman reading them?
And then I was reminded that when we give our suffering to Christ, He will use it for goodness and glory. He does not wait for the suffering to be over and for us to glean from it a wealth of insight and wisdom. Rather, He uses us in the midst of our pain and struggle, to reach out to each other and to say, “I get it. I get you.”
So, dear sisters, I might be struggling just like you are, but I am here to tell you we are never alone. If we met for coffee, I would offer comfort, empathy, and prayer. I do not have all the answers, but I am happy to listen. And I hope that through this article, I reveal God’s love and provision in times of trial. Because above all, the Lord is our help.
Let us wait and hope in Christ … together.
About the Author:
Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, living in Minnesota. She spends her days running errands, helping with homework, and keeping up with laundry and the family schedule. Sarah loves her faith, coffee, and good books. You can find out more about her and her writing at sarahdamm.com.
Sarah, thank you. I needed to hear this today.
Mallory, so glad this was helpful. Praise Jesus!!
What I needed to hear today! Thanks Sarah!
Hi Sharon, I am grateful that what I needed to write was what you needed to read! Bless you!
That was great. And I needed to hear EVER word and prayer. Grateful to that Minnesota has some really good writers!
Annamarie, thank you for your kind words. Glad this was helpful. Glory to God!!
This was great, Sarah. Can you share a link to the article you ended up writing? I would like to read it. Blessings!
Thank you, Robin! And this was it! You just read it! 😉
thank you Sarah! This was exactly what I needed to hear too.
Oh, I’m so glad, Renee! That blesses my day so much!
I so love God’s perfect timing. Really needed this. Through your article and then a quiet moment with God in prayer I was able to see that we can choose this – everytime. It’s really a choice – to bring our struggles to God, to rest in His arms for a bit, and fill ourselves with His Love and Holy Spirit. Thank you so much for being God’s vessel to us today. <3
God is SO good! I am glad you spent some quiet time with the Lord, Mary Ellen. He desires our presence and delights when we come to Him. And that rest in Him is like no other …
Yes! Thank you Sarah! I’m right with you – and your article gave me a kickstart for the day!
Yay!! Hope your day was fantastic … just like you, dear sister!
I so look forward to my daily “fix” of the articles from WINE. Thank you . Perfect way to start my day.
I love it! Yes, the fruit of WINE is refreshing, isn’t it?! What a blessing this ministry is! Praise the Lord!!
Thank you for sharing. This is so true! We do at times forget that we are not alone, there are other women feeling the same things we are and that we are blessed to have women around us to encourage us and pray with and for us.
“My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7
You’re welcome, Lorriane! It’s not always easy to open ourselves to others, but when we do, we’re all blessed! We realize we’re not alone, that others feel similar, even if our struggles are different, and we can encourage each other, so the burden isn’t so heavy …
Sarah, thanks for your views; I really need this! My word for the Summer has been FORWARD!
I love that you have a word for summer! Forward is a wonderful one!! Sometimes even a small step forward brings us far! God bless you, Becca!
So beautifully said, dear Sarah! Thank you for sharing with great gentleness these reassuring words we all need to be reminded of. God bless you today and always!
Thank you, sweet Kate, for your kind and encouraging words. I hope you are having a good summer. I bet it’s super quiet there without the kids! 😉 God bless you, too!
Definitely needed that message right now. My husband with Alzheimer’s is quickly drifting away from me. Usually I can be supportive but he was resisting necessary assistance tonight. I lost my temper and yelled at him, knowing what was going to happen and not relishing the clean up. It is becoming more difficult to deal with him. I do have help so I’m not alone. I start my day with prayer. I pray throughout the day but I forgot to ask God for his help right when I most needed it. Thank you for the reminder that God is always available. Now to repair the damage.
I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s Alzheimer’s. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have your beloved drift away from you. There is nothing either of you can do, and that must be so, so hard. But you are being such a beautiful witness of love for your husband, even if it doesn’t seem like he knows it all the time. God knows your cross. He knows of your tireless support of your husband. God loves you, Beverly, and will help you carry the burden of this difficult situation with grace and love.
We all have those moments when we forget to ask God for help, though, especially when things are so overwhelming. Thankfully, the Lord blessed you with a little reminder that He is ALWAYS there for you.
I am glad to hear that YOU have support, as you care for your husband. It is so important to let others help us when we are in need! Please know that you have a virtual community of sisters in Christ through WINE who are praying for you, too! Always know you can reach out hear for encouragement.
God bless you, Beverly!