I have been buried with work lately, and overwhelmed by some tasks that are beyond my skill set and comfort level. Through it all, I have been struggling to find my joy and my purpose. Work really cannot be the main focus of my life. I have been stressed to the point of making myself ill over the last couple of months. But I have been working on turning it over to God and trusting Him to either give me the wisdom and strength to do what I need to do or to miraculously make the nerve-wracking, mind-crushing projects go away.
On top of this, I have been feeling guilty for being so stressed and worked up about my “problems” when others I know and love are struggling with major health issues and other more serious life problems. The good news is that I have been doing better lately with taking things one day at a time, and although the difficult projects are not gone (yet), they do seem to keep getting pushed out and delayed by the client. And for that, I am thankful.
I am also grateful that I have regular work and a paycheck, and I’m thankful for the great group of people that I am currently working with.
So, today, I am just taking a moment to ask for prayers for myself – to help me see the bigger picture, to recognize the true priorities in my life, and to trust God more fully.
More importantly, I am asking for prayers for my sister – Gabrielle – who has pneumonia and can’t seem to get to feeling better; for my friend – Jacquelyn – who is back in the hospital (again), and is experiencing some heart issues along with her liver problems; for my brother’s sister-in-law – Liz – who recently completed radiation treatment and is still on the road to healing; and the many other friends and family members who are going through tough times that I’m either aware of or unaware of because I have been too wrapped up in myself lately. 😦
Lord, help me to get outside of myself and be the friend and encourager that you made me to be. Help me to make time and take time to go out and help others whose needs are greater than my own. Please heal my sick friends and family members, especially my baby sister. Thank you for my good health; my husband, Bart, and his new job that he will be starting in April; all of my answered prayers, as well as the unanswered ones; and the gifts you continue to bless me with daily. I pray all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.