Archive | August 2019

OVERWHELMED MUCH???

As a writer, and someone who must fight daily to keep depression from sneaking up on me again, I understand that it’s very easy for me to get overwhelmed. I find myself doing several things at once and it feels like I have hundreds of ideas swirling around in my head like a jumbled mess. I am trying to find the best way for someone like me to multitask. I currently have a planner for work, a planner for my book(s), and a planner for my social media. I’m not sure if I need just one planner or if I need to keep everything separate. It’s a trial and error process.

multitasking
How many planners are too many??

I am currently finishing up one of my books, BUT I have also started researching for two other books I want to get done right now AND I have jotted down some ideas about another book series I want to start right now. I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I do understand that I have too much going on and I would have a lot less stress if I could focus on just one thing at a time. That’s not easy for me to do.

Books, Books, and more Books
How many books can I write at one time??

There is also tons of stuff going on in my life that doesn’t involve writing and I’m just trying to find a good balance to keep my sanity. So, what do I do? Today, I am taking a step back to try to figure it out. Sundays are days to rest. I need to rest in the Lord and rest from my stress. It’s very hard for me to let my mind rest. I always see or think of things that need to be done. Does anyone else have this problem? I can’t be the only one. I need advice. I’m going to take this day to study God’s word and seek out ways to organize these different areas of my life. I’m too blessed to be stressed!

Matthew 7:7
I will seek the Lord and find the answer!

Praise Be To God

I recently started researching for a new book. So many different things have jumped out at me that I have been struggling with. Sometimes we don’t realize that we let negative stuff enter our minds and hearts until it gets us down. I literally took a break from blogging and writing because I let life and doubt get in the way. The enemy will try to keep us too busy to do what God called us to do. Then it’s easy to start thinking that nobody even notices anyway. Well, God notices. Isn’t that more important?

Even as Christ-followers, we all love to be praised for our deeds. When we do something good and it goes unnoticed, we feel unappreciated. Sometimes, we focus too much on the praise of others on our jobs or when we volunteer our time and energy trying to make positive changes. The question we need to ask ourself is, ‘Am I doing what I’m doing for the praise of others or am I doing it because it’s the right thing to do?‘ If we’re doing it for praise, then our motives are wrong. John 12:43 NLT says, ” For they loved human praise more than the praise of God”.

Our motivation for doing good should be for God, and God alone. We should desire the praise of our Heavenly Father, not of other people. Matthew 25:23 NLT tells us, ” “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant…”. This should be what every Christ-follower should be focused on. Sometimes we do things and never get approval from others, but we must keep doing it. God alone deserves praise. Our motives should be only to glorify our God and represent Jesus to others on this earth. Jesus is the only One who is good and sinless, and He is the only One that deserves to be praised. Isaiah 64:6 NLT says it like this, ” We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind”. We are not righteous. Only Jesus is righteous.

The phrase, Praise Be To God, is an expression used to express happiness or relief that something did or did not happen. Anything good is from God, plain and simple. Romans12:2 NLT says, ” Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”. We need to let God change the way we think. We can keep dwelling on what others think about us or we can let God change us. All that matters is what God thinks about us.

I will admit that sometimes I think that I’m wasting my time and am not making a difference in anybody’s life with my blogs and books. I doubt myself almost every day and feel like giving up. But, I know that God wants me to tell the good news of Jesus. This is how I can do it. I am not called to save the world, just to tell them about Jesus and His neverending love for us. The praise of others is not my motivation for giving my testimony. My motivation is the fact that Jesus can and will set you free from depression, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, doubt, and confusion, etc. He is the only way. You can’t do it on your own. I tried for years to get myself out of depression, but it never worked until I cried out to God. Matthew 7:7 NIV says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.

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