On Giving Up

I have a million things I “have” to do tonight. But I really “need” to write this post. I think I’m at the top of my threshold for stress, and all I want to do is crawl into a hole and hide for about two weeks.

That statement usually brings out a variety of reactions in people, many of which increase my stress, so I don’t usually like to admit it. But here I am. Tonight I had a horrible rehearsal for the Nutcracker (almost fainted and broke down crying), I’ve had a couple of big failures where I work (for someone else, that is), I have 126 unread emails (no, make that 127- one just came in), all needing me to do something, and three girls who deserve more than being kept busy while mommy works. I have to get costumes made within the week, and I have to create a presentation to teach to my social media Workshop next Tuesday.

I really want to give up on everything. I realize that I’ve reached the end of myself, and that’s actually a good place to be, even though it feels hopeless right now. Part of me thinks, “There are people battling much more horrible trials right now, you should be thankful it’s not you.” Yeah, but this trial is real to me right now. I can’t push it to the back burner because someone else is facing something harder.

So here I am. I have nothing to offer, but my faith in God. I need Him to give me the strength, the focus, the discipline to accomplish what’s before me… and to decide if something needs to go. I need him to help me nurture my children, as a busy working mom. I can’t do it. I just can’t.

I know that you wonderful people are going to want to give me advice right now, but I honestly can’t handle another “should.” What I need right now is the Word of God, the living truth.

So do you have any encouraging Scriptures that come to your mind? I know that this momentary stress will pass, but someone else may be having these same feelings, not knowing what the future holds. I’d love it if you’d leave some Truth in the comments below!

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  1. Brooke McGlothlin says:

    Just an old Hymn that I hang onto for dear life:

    "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."

    Be blessed with peace and grace my friend.


  2. Alaina Frederick says:

    Prayer – a few moments – or even a few hours just by yourself alone with God.

    Also, I posted today about how prayer worked for me so maybe that might help you…


    Remember He only gives us what we can handle – even if we think we can't. We've got to just give it to Him.


  3. Nicole Wick says:

    Psalm 61:1.2 "Oh God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to your towering rock of safety."

    Praying for you right now friend. xoxo


  4. I have been there…actually I find myself there quite often…

    And I almost think that it's a necessity to get to end of ME because that's truly where Jesus takes over. He says "ok, now that you know you're not in control, i can do something with you!"

    I think you just need to sit at His feet for awhile. Take a few deep breaths. Put on some music that is good for your soul. And know that you have people who don't even know you (like me) praying for you…you're blessed…



  5. Joshua 1:9b "Do not be discouraged for the Lord your God is with you"

    He's with you and He's got you. I'll be praying for you too.



  6. Christopher Dannug says:

    Hi, I'm a friend of Nicole Wick that follows her on Twitter.

    I feel for you, as this is the pressure that we all live in walking through this world.

    I hope God speaks to you in these two passages:

    Ephesians 3:14-20 (Philips Translation)
    14 When I think of the greatness of this great plan I fall on my knees before God the Father (from who all fatherhood, earthly or heavenly, derives its name), and I pray that out of the glorious richness of his resources he will enable you to know the strength of the spirit's inner re-inforcement – that Christ may actually live in your hearts by your faith. And I pray that you, firmly fixed in love yourselves, may be able to grasp (with all Christians) how wide and deep and long and high is the love of Christ – and to know for yourselves that love so far beyond our comprehension. May you be filled though all your being with God himself!

    Philippians 3:12-14 (Philips translation)
    12 Yet, my brothers, I do not consider myself to have "arrived", spiritually, nor do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped me. My brothers, I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal – my reward the honour of being called by God in Christ.

    What's true is that Jesus Christ himself actually lives in you.

    What's true is that his love overwhelms circumstance because it is oceanic in comparison to our worries.

    What's true is that we are continually on a journey to "grasp even more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped" you: His purpose to overwhelm you with his love and to shine His glory through you.

    Be blessed.


  7. 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.' Jeremiah 29:10 – He will bring you through because His plans for you are good and not for calamity. Lean into Him, and abide in Him… praying for you…


  8. OK, I know this isn't quite what you asked for but when I read your post all that kept going through my head was "tell her that she will get through this." I'll pray for you.


  9. Muthering Heights says:

    I am right there with you!! What is it about this time of year that makes us want to over commit ourselves??

    The Lord is waiting to help you with this burden. I often find that praying helps lessen my stressed reaction, and refocuses me…I hope it will do the same for you!!!



  10. "Where no oxen are, the manger is clean. But much increase comes by the strength of the ox" (Proverbs 14:4)

    I LOVE this verse and I pray He speaks to you as you read it.



  11. I've got nothing to offer you as far as scriptures go, but I will tell you what you should NOT do…that is to give up.

    That's all I got. Keep moving. At least you're moving. Sometimes, that's all I've got to go on.


  12. I really appreciate your vulnerability and honesty…. I am feeling the same way right now.


  13. Recently, when I was at the end of my rope, someone shared this (Romans 5:3-5) with me:

    3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

    I don't know if it's a perfect fit for your situation, but I hope that it encourages you.


  14. I appreciate where you are at…it's so easy as moms to get to that place. Keep in mind that God has a purpose and a plan and that it is for your good and not evil (Jer 29:11).

    Keep listening to Him and following close after Him and all the other stuff will fall into place (matt 6:33) – I know it doesn't look like it now, but it will!!!

    AND, one final thing…remember this is a season, and it won't last forever. As long as you are doing what the Father has given you to do, your "littles" will be just fine (and they will see what it is really like to hear and follow the Lord!). I promise!

    Blessings to you!!!


  15. Anonymous says:

    Be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your request known unto God and the peace that passes ALL understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

    God fill you with his peace today. May the Holy Spirit lead you.

    Most of all, I pray you are filled with the Joy that God so wants us all to have this Holiday Season.

    Thanks for sharing and being REAL!


  16. Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama says:

    ooh, ooh I get to share favorite scriptures (but I'm not glad you're feeling overwhelmed or anything =)

    Psalm 94:18-19 "When I said, "my foot is slipping", your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul".

    Isaiah 39: 29-31 "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…"

    Love ya girl!


  17. Hi Sarah,

    Christopher beat me to posting my absolute favorite bible verse – Philippines 3:13-16. It is so special to me when Hubs and I renewed our wedding vows in 2000 I made my dress and embroidered Philippines 3:13 around the bottom of the lining. "Forgetting what lies behind and straining towards what lies ahead"


  18. The first thing that came to my mind is from a song by Steven Curtis Chapman – His Strength is Perfect when our strength is gone, He'll carry us when we can't carry on.

    I will lift you up in prayer.


  19. Sarah! It sounds like you are in "burn out mode" Just discussed this on my past Fitness Friday Post…but I do have 2 scriptures that do come to mind…

    The first is

    (Psalm 55:22) Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself, And he himself will sustain you. Never will he allow the righteous one to totter.

    The second is this…

    (Matthew 6:25-34) 25 “On this account I say to YOU: Stop being anxious about YOUR souls as to what YOU will eat or what YOU will drink, or about YOUR bodies as to what YOU will wear. Does not the soul mean more than food and the body than clothing? 26 Observe intently the birds of heaven, because they do not sow seed or reap or gather into storehouses; still YOUR heavenly Father feeds them. Are YOU not worth more than they are? 27 Who of YOU by being anxious can add one cubit to his life span? 28 Also, on the matter of clothing, why are YOU anxious? Take a lesson from the lilies of the field, how they are growing; they do not toil, nor do they spin; 29 but I say to YOU that not even Sol′o·mon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. 30 If, now, God thus clothes the vegetation of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much rather clothe YOU, YOU with little faith? 31 So never be anxious and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or, ‘What are we to drink?’ or, ‘What are we to put on?’ 32 For all these are the things the nations are eagerly pursuing. For YOUR heavenly Father knows YOU need all these things. 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these [other] things will be added to YOU. 34 So, never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Sufficient for each day is its own badness.


  20. As a mom who has been feeling the way you are today, here are two verses I lean on:

    Be still and know that I am God – Psalm 46:10

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13

    May God provide you with a peaceful heart and mind today.


  21. MommaDJane says:

    I wish I had faith like yours. I'm going through the same kind of stuff.


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