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by One Voice Worship on January 8th, 2015

Overwhelmed.  Yes, that’s a ridiculously accurate description of where we are right now…
Audaciously, intentionally, and prayerfully chasing down our best yes decision for God’s next steps in our process of transitioning out of business ownership and corporate America and into vocational ministry.  Frantically balancing present obligations with future preparations and doing our best to maintain God’s pace and timing without rushing ahead or lagging behind.  Work weeks easily exceeding 70 hours, stringing multiple days together over the early hours of the morning, many of which are spent in the harsh elements doing physical labor.  Overflowing meeting notices, email inboxes, text messages and voicemails from customers, vendors, family, friends, and potential ministry partners (please don’t worry…we’re still alive, we’re not ignoring you, and we promise to respond as soon as we can…and we appreciate your grace and prayers more than you know!)  Christmas decorations begging to be taken down and put away until next season.  Dirty clothes and dirty dishes needing some attention.  Colds, flus, and other physical ailments lingering and nagging our bodies, unwilling to let go and offer us relief.  Rest is elusive and more nap-like in duration than an actual night’s sleep.  Each day is nothing short of miraculous because we’re carrying impossible loads that well exceed human capacity and demand supernatural intervention from our all-things-are-possible God.
We’re overwhelmed indeed.
And while we’re overwhelmed, we’re also insanely blessed and grateful.  God continues to speak truth, bring clarity, offer wisdom and impart inspiration to us on an almost daily basis.  He sovereignly orders our ginormous to-do lists and overlapping appointments so that what is accomplished is what He has ordained for the day, even if it’s vastly different than what we had planned.  Ongoing work generates incoming revenue which sustains the business, and God always, ALWAYS blows our minds by providing the exact resources needed to complete every job.  He infuses us with the measure of health needed to function and complete the tasks set before us each day, offering respites when we’re in dire need.  We’ve enjoyed almost three fabulous weeks with our grandchildren, our daughters and son-in-laws, and extended family and friends over the holidays.  Dirty clothes and dishes display the abundance of God’s material provision in our lives through clothing and food, two basic needs that many people go without.  And we have shelter, and a warm, comfy bed where we can rest, even if only for a few hours each night.
We’re blessed indeed, for every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights (James 1:17).
This morning as I was talking to the Lord about how overwhelmed we are, my spirit was convicted as God lifted my gaze off of myself and our circumstances and onto the magnitude of Who He is.  How beautiful, merciful, forgiving, glorious, sufficient, provisional, sovereign, peaceful, miraculous, and steadfast He is.  Oh, how overwhelming He is! 
And if I’m going to choose to be overwhelmed, I’d certainly rather choose to be overwhelmed by delighting myself in the Lord than by submerging myself in the depths of my circumstances. (Click here to Tweet this quote!)
“From the end of the earth I will cry to you.  When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2
What is overwhelming you today?  Perhaps it’s the weight of grief, the strain of finances, the stress of single-parenting, the fear of ongoing health issues, or discontentment with your present circumstances.  Precious child of God, would you consider taking on His easy yoke and light burden by choosing to be overwhelmed by our awesome, indescribable God?  Will you cry out to Him from the ends of the earth and the depths of your circumstances so that your heart can be lifted to the Rock that is higher, mightier and stronger than you?
Oh God, may we be overwhelmed by nothing other than Who you are.
- lyric excerpt from “Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave
I delight myself in You,
Captivated by Your beauty,
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You!
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You!
You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful
Oh God, there is no one more Beautiful
You are Beautiful, God you are the most Beautiful!
You are Wonderful, You are Wonderful,
Oh God, there is no one more Wonderful,
You are Wonderful, God You are the most Wonderful!
You are Glorious, You are Glorious,
Oh God, there is no one more Glorious,
You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious!
“Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave (Official Music Video) -

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