Moving from an Overloaded Life to Overflowing with Hope

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NLT


I wrote an article recently about helping our kids have hope. In the article, I quoted the verse above and talked about modeling a life overflowing with hope for our kids. If you’d like to read more about it, this link will take you there.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that it’s impossible to overflow with hope when your life is overloaded with tasks.

These past few weeks have been hard. Maybe you’re in the middle of a hard place too. We know life is full of struggles, but knowing doesn’t make it any easier when we’re tossing about in the midst of them. So when difficulties arise, are we filled with joy and peace so that we’re ready to walk through it?


Not if we’re running on overload.


“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NLT

In the last two devotions, we learned about David commissioning Solomon to build the temple. We have also seen how that relates to our schedules, and how to keep from living on overload. In the post When Chaos Causes Me to Lose My Focus, I told you about my Saturdays, and how the jobs I put off until the weekend build and build until I feel buried under the weight of my to-do list.

Unfortunately I haven’t done a very good job of managing my overloaded schedule. So when hard stuff hit like a tidal wave, it knocked me off my feet. The result? Confusion. Discouragement. Frustration. I didn’t realize I’d filled my life so full that I hadn’t left room for God to fill me up with what I really needed.


When we keep adding and adding to the schedule, overload results.

When we take on more than we can handle, overload results.

When we try to control everything and everyone, overload results.

But when we guard against filling our lives with more tasks to accomplish, our hearts are free to receive God’s joy and peace.


Joy and peace - the two things we need most in order to overflow with hope.


May I share an honest discovery with you? I’ve been writing about busy schedules and overwhelmed lives for a while, but I didn’t understand how damaging living on overload could be. Until now.

So I’m making a commitment today, and if you’ve been struggling with an overloaded life too, I invite you to join me.

I commit to free myself from a schedule that has me wrapped up so tightly, I’m in danger of suffocating. I am releasing unnecessary tasks to make room for God to fill me with all the joy and peace my heart can hold.

Are you with me? Then this declaration is for us. May we all embrace His gifts of joy and peace today. So whenever the hard stuff happens, we will have everything we need to fight off confusion, discouragement, or frustration. We will have hope that pours out and soothes even the deepest hurts. Renewed hope begins here.




Gifts Jesus Wants Us to Unwrap

It's been almost two weeks since Easter Sunday - the day we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior. 

I don't know about you, but the weeks leading up to that day always bring me to a special place of reflection and renewal. This year, I read through my friend Lisa's 100 Days with Christ Bible reading plan to prepare my heart for Easter. (You can download a copy free by clicking the link.)

But now here we are several days later, getting back to the daily routine. 

If you're like me, maybe you're crawling out of bed at 5 a.m. to get ready for work.

Or maybe you're tackling an overloaded schedule of errands and to-do lists.

Maybe you spend the day chasing youngsters and then mustering up just one more ounce of energy to cook dinner.

Most likely, we're all crashing into bed, ready to rise and repeat the same scene the next day.

If we're not careful, we can forget the beauty of what Jesus did for us. Not just through carrying the cross, but also in the time that followed the day He left the grave.

This year I discovered 5 precious gifts Jesus gave us.

Easter gifts.

He knew we would need them. And even though He gave them to us in the events surrounding Easter, He meant for us to enjoy them each and every day of our lives.

On days when monotony overwhelms us.

On days when exhaustion overtakes us.


On days when we're tempted to just go through the motions, His gifts long to be unwrapped. (Tweet this.)


Click the link here to read about the 5 Gifts Jesus Gave Us on Easter.

May these gifts rejuvenate our spirits and saturate our hearts when we're tempted to return to life as usual.

Which gift will you unwrap today?