What do you do when you want to give up?
It’s easy to give up when life becomes overwhelming.
All rationale seems to bow down to the fact that this thing, whatever it is, is simply too difficult to push past.
I was left feeling this way just last week after a long, busy month.
With homeschooling in full swing, 2 kids birthdays 1 week apart, 2 life plan retreats a week apart and a blog to run, I literally thought I was going to lose it last month.
I was ready to throw something, anything out the window.
I just wanted something off my plate.
My immediate thought was to start cutting things out.
Intense times can cause me to make irrational decisions.
So rather than make a hasty decision, I decided to talk through my frustrations with my husband.
He kindly reminded me that these were all things God has lead me to do.
I immediately became aware of why I was feeling so overwhelmed….I was slacking in my time with the Lord.
He is my source of strength and I had put Him on the bottom of my priority list.
What to Do When You Want to Give Up
I love this scripture from Philippians:
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 NLT
God knows my heart. I desperately want to do what pleases Him. But I often try to do His work in my strength.
It’s never successful.
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I read a post by LaToya Edwards this week that shows what to do when we want to give up. She uses the acronym H.O.P.E, using each point to bring us back to relying on God in a way that allows His power to flow to us.
Her first point immediately drew me in….
H- Hold on to God’s Promises
When we go through hard times it can be difficult to find and hold on to the truth about our situation. Over the years I have learned to seek out the Truth in scripture. The Bible is full of God’s promises to us. No matter what you are facing there is a promise to get you through.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 ESV
Praying God’s promises will help you know the truth. You will be able to combat the lies of the enemy. You can remember that with God you are victorious!
When we feel overwhelmed and we want to give up, we can go to the Word and declare God’s promises. The truth is we are more than conquerors in Christ. He sustains us even when life is busy and overwhelming. We can be confident that we will be victorious in whatever we do because He is on our side.