When You Are Overwhelmed

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve felt so overwhelmed and under attack from the enemy. What makes it harder is that most of my family is also experiencing the same thing, though we all react to it in different ways.

What do you do when you’re overwhelmed? Who, or what, do you turn to?

I find great comfort and help in turning to the Lord in prayer and to the Psalms. I recite verses to myself, such as:
God is our (my) refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

A portion of Scripture that is very precious to me comes out of Psalm 61 and 62: “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

God is here with me, He will help me. I can count on Him. I shall not be greatly moved.

Psalm 61

1Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

2From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

4I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

5For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Psalm 62

1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

10 Replies to “When You Are Overwhelmed”

  1. i am going through some very difficult time. my marriage of 10 years is collapsing. i have been praying for the last 3 months, but it seems to be getting worse and worse. my wife heart seems to harden day after day and she doesnt want to reconcile. she seems all determine to end the marriage. it is a very sad day for me. i keep asking God, why? what his purpose in all this? why are my prayers for healing going unaswered …

    1. When painful trials and circumstances come, we often ask what His purpose is in this, and feel our prayers are going unanswered. May I encourage you to know that God is still there and hears your prayers, and is answering. I have heard counsel for a situation such as yours that you not seek first to reconcile with your wife at all costs, but rather that you make it your first priority to seek God, to reconcile with Him, to make your ways pleasing to Him (for then even your enemies will be at peace with you), but this is also where your peace is. You cannot change another person, but you can change yourself, with God’s help. Others’ actions may cause us much pain, sorrow and grief. God has not left you. Though He may seem far away, He is near. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. He truly is our refuge and our help. I’m praying for you.

  2. When we are about the Lord’s business, the enemy loves to attack. Though it isn’t easy, in a way we should rejoice because if we were being complacent and not growing in our faith he would leave us alone.

    Lifting you up in prayer.


    1. That’s such an encouragement and very true, so I will take that to heart. As I mentioned in another comment, my husband is “preaching” twice in the next week and a half–quite likely that is why we’re being attacked! It caused me to pray much more fervently for him:)
      Joan, your words were a much-needed encouragement to me, and I’m grateful for you.

  3. Amen, Wendy! God is our refuge and strength. I love these portions from the Bible too. Such precious reminders that when we are overwhelmed we can go to Him, the Rock of our salvation.

    I am praying with and for you and family as you look to Him together. Our life is a daily life of spiritual warfare and our encouragement is the Lord is with us. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!

    Great that you can have your own website now. Thank you very much for your kind visit and encouragement. You are always full of love and faith in our Lord, and a great blessing to me and many others. May you continue to know the love of Christ and His faithfulness through all the changing scenes in life. Take care and have a very blessed weekend!

    With warm regards and prayers,

    1. Nancie,
      Always a blessing when you comment. Thank you for your love and kind words. God encouraged me (through one of my own posts that I was editing), to be drawn to Him in love through the trials, and not be struggling so much to “know why” and what He was trying to “teach me through it.” That is my natural tendency.
      Blessings, my dear friend,

  4. I can so identify with what you’ve said. My family (extended, too) is undergoing all kinds of attacks. My friends are also experiencing new and heated attacks. I truly believe that the enemy is busy – his time is growing shorter. We are all turning to the only One who can help us – the Lord. Praying for strength to stand firm, and to lean on Him, trusting in His goodness and mercy.

    Psalms also offers me much comfort during times of overwhelming feelings…

    Thanks for sharing…


    1. I, too, have talked to multiple Christians who are experiencing unusual attack this week. We need to be praying harder than ever. The enemy is busy, but it is such a blessing to know Who has the battle won.

      Did you notice in the last post about my daughter, Kelsey. This has been an emotional and difficult week, but the Lord has been there holding us up.

      Another thing: my husband is preaching twice in the next week and a half. We’ve noticed that when he’s preaching, we often are under special assault the week before from the enemy. God’s Word does not return void, and is powerful! The enemy knows it!
      Thanks for letting me know of your family’s undergoing attacks–I will be praying for you!

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