There are a couple of words that I need to keep out of my vocabulary from now on. They are: “overwhelmed” and “exhausted.”
There have been a few times in my life that I have been truly exhausted, stripped of my energy, unable to take another step. But mostly, I would say that there have simply been a lot of times when I am just really tired. (Especially lately.:)
And yes, there have been a few times in my life when I have been truly overwhelmed with so much to do, so many babies crying, so much anxiety about multiple things that I didn’t know exactly what to do the very next moment. But mostly I’ve just had a lot on my plate, and I’ve gotten through things with determination, hard work, and the grace of God.
I think that words can have power over us, and when we frequently use strong, negative words to describe ourselves, it can really turn us inward and make us feel sorry for ourselves. Speaking, ahem, from experience.:)
I have long, rough days sometimes–as we all do. And I need your prayers, for sure. But I’m staying real, and staying in perspective…I’m a blessed woman with a full heart, full hands, and plenty of grace poured out daily on me by my Heavenly Father–if I’ll take it. I can do all of this wife-and-motherhood-and-crazy-busy-life-stuff through Christ who strengthens me.
So no more “overwhelmed” or “exhausted” in my daily vocabulary. No more words that inspire self-pity and hopelessness. Sometimes staying down to earth–and keeping my eyes on Heaven–just means using the right vocabulary.