The Overwhelmed Plate

by | Jun 28, 2020 | Cafe

This meal was about to get very MESSY!

Having a coffee-cup conversation with a friend, we both remember seasons in life when we felt overwhelmed. As she shared her overflowing stress, I talked about a summer Bible study called “Overwhelmed.” It was the summer when I gathered for online Bible study and learned to clear my plate.

While leading this study on busyness, I took a dinner plate from my cabinet shelf for visual aid. On this plate, I put Post-It® Notes with each of my roles. I was busy mothering teens. And I was the leader of an international ministry. I was coaching authors “30 Days to Your Online Bible Study.”  Plus, I was running a social media company to supplement our bills. In addition to my four BIG roles, I cherished my role as a family member and friend.

Looking down at my dinner plate, I saw six descriptive identities for my life.
This meal was about to get very MESSY!

And so I took set of smaller Post-Ia t® Notes and started writing every task I was doing. Under the mothering identity, I stacked notes with cooking, shopping, laundry, cleaning, carpooling, entertaining, and paying bills. Repeating this, I created notes for everything I was doing.

Authors Cheri Gregory and Kathi Lipp from the Overwhelmed study warned me…and it happened exactly as they expected. My dinner plate became a banquet platter. There were just too many tasks.

I wondered, and then prayed “what can I delegate? What needs to “fall off” that plate so I can spend more time with God?
Maybe you’ve felt overwhelmed too?

Some of my friends picked up new roles during the pandemic. They were now home teachers, tutors, college-prep advisors, and medical “experts” in an emergency.

Some of my friends picked up caretaking roles, taking care of parents with dementia.

Others helped their adult children move into college dorms and away from home.

Some friends closed their small businesses and retired earlier than expected.

While there are reasons to feel overwhelmed, there are answers in the prayer room with God. These are seasons to seek answers by prayer. To ask the Lord what Askand tasks are valuable to Him. And then to shift those priorities, so we magnify Christ.

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Written by Christine Abraham @BibleCafeCoach

CHRISTINE ABRAHAM is a Writer Redeemed by Christ. Lifetime Bible Reader. Coffee Drinker. Beach Walker. Mother of Girls. Bible Teacher. Revival leader. Founder at Bible Café™ Ministries. She has been a nonprofit Executive Director and womens ministry leader for almost 15 years. She earned a Graduate of Theology degree in Biblical Studies.

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