What to Do when you Feel Overwhelmed

I have been there before – overwhelmed – where there seems to be too much to do – and too little time.


I wrote the following post back in September 2012 a month before my first children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, was released. I reread it again today and know how much I have changed in 4 years. I have become stronger in my faith, calmer in my spirit, and energized in my fervor for God.

I thought I would let your read this post today as I launched my newest children’s book, The Kingdom of Thrim this month. You can find out more about my children’s books at Janis Cox – Growing Through God’s Word.

What Do I do When I Feel Overwhelmed?

Soaring Like an Eagle – Photo Credit – Bill Weaver

I read this morning from Isaiah 40:28-31.

“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
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.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Using a new method of study called the Five Ps, I contemplated this Scripture. I pulled out HOPE, RENEW, SOAR, RUN, WALK.

Then I wrote this poem:

In the Power of His Love

I see the forest
It doesn’t seem possible
To finish it all.


God is here.
I don’t have to do this alone.
He will take me
Under His wings

He will renew my strength
If I put my HOPE in Him.

My joy overflows.
I know my Redeemer lives.

It is not about me.
Jesus resides in me.

I will soar with You
In the power of Your love.

Soaring in His strength.

Janis Cox – 2012


Father, thank you for being here – inside me through Jesus. Thank You for giving me strength when I feel weak. In Your Name, Jesus. AMEN.

While studying this Scripture this praise song kept running through my head.

Here is Hillsong singing The Power of Your Love.

For a few years I did the counting of blessings every day. You can see at this time I am almost at 2000.

Counting the Blessings of God.  Counting to 2000. I am at 1742.

        • cool fresh mornings – fall
        • watching God speak through His Word to others
        • drive in the countryside
        • birthday party for a grandnephew

Reading to my grandson and grandnephew.

        • relaxing with my daughter
        • playing in the ball pit – I know – kid at heart

I can’t stop being a kid – too much fun!

        • fantastic sleeps
        • Facetime with hubby
        • grandbaby turned from front to back – and thought it was so good
        • Holy Spirit keeping me awake on the drive home
        • piano practising
        • talk to UCW (United Church Women) about my Poland Mission trip
        • A day of rain – so appreciate the sun
        • strength from God – even when overwhelmed

Janis Cox

He Holds the Wheel - Janis Cox

In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journaling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canada Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship.  In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle. Her new book,The Kingdom of Thrim, is now available for purchase at her Bookstore. She podcasts on Hope Stream Radio, an Internet radio station. Her talk Growing Through God’s Word can be heard each Tuesday. Janis loves to tell others about what God has done and is doing in her life. Janis can be reached on her website, Growing Through God’s Word and on FacebookPinterest and Twitter. Please join her at Word of God Speak Facebook Group to learn more about memorizing Scripture through art. Please click to get 2 Free Ebooks, Living Life – One Word at a Time and Five Ways God Changed Me.

2 responses to “What to Do when you Feel Overwhelmed

  1. It is so easy to get quickly overwhelmed with the way our societies expectations are. Rest is found first and foremost in the Lord, we are promised peace if we simply go to Him….and what a wonderful peace for the overwhelmed soul it is!!


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