Hello everyone!

We all get overwhelmed at times. The truth of the matter is our lives can be chaotic and don’t always go as planned. Yes, we all have experienced stressful moments, when our faith has been challenged. Yet, Psalm 61:2 offers this bit of advice, "From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Today, I want to share with you three ways to minimize moments that you feel overwhelmed.

1. Take time to PRAY. Philippians 4:6-7 says it best, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. (7)And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." According to Paul, the peace of God is a byproduct of spending quality time with God. Like Paul, I truly believe that having a daily conversation with God reduces our stress level. So, if you want to minimize moments when you feel overwhelmed, increase your prayer time.

2. Take time to PLAN. Successful people leverage their time and energy by developing a daily schedule. They don’t just go haphazardly throughout their day, but they have a well thought out, intentional plan. I am convinced that a good to-do-list can increase our productivity, while minimizing unnecessary distractions. Habakkuk 2:2 states it in this manner, "And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." The writer is stressing the fact that to-do-lists are much more effective, when they are written down and easily accessible. The message is simple. You can’t keep it all in your head; you need to write things down!

3. Take time to PLAY. Everyone needs time to unwind. We should all regularly engage in activities that help us relax and cause us to smile. Proverbs 17:22 says it best, "A cheerful heart is good medicine…" In other words, laughter is a great antidote for stress. A good, hearty laugh has been known to relieve physical tension and stressful feelings. If you truly want to minimize moments that you feel overwhelmed, continuously seek our light hearted activities that you enjoy and make you smile.

Yes, we all get overwhelmed at times. Yet, I truly believe we can minimize those moments and lessen their impact on our lives; if we commit to a regiment of praying daily, planning intentionally, and playing regularly. I want to leave you with one of my favorite childhood scriptures found in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (6)In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Blessings!!!

Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.