[Ep. 003] – Coping While Exhausted and Overwhelmed

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Show Notes –

In this week’s episode of My Purposeful Planning, Laney shares with us tips on how to Cope when we’re Exhausted and Overwhelmed. Laney shares her own story of overwhelm as well as personal examples that go along with each of the tips from this chapter of Kim Brenneman’s book, Large Family Logistics.

In This Episode:

[00:00] – Introduction

[00:45] – Special Thank you

[01:07] – Laney’s kids are very interested in her podcasting so she did a little mini interview with them about what it means to be exhausted, stressed out, and overwhelmed. They share a few tips with us from their point of view.

[04:51] – Intro. for today’s episode

[05:09] – Overwhelmed, exhausted, and sleep-deprived.

[05:36] – Laney answers the question… Is it harder to go from 2 to 3 kids or 3 to 4?

[06:01] – Giving yourself Grace

[06:17] – Tip #1: Attitude is Key

[06:35] –

“Instead of viewing the daily rhythms God had gifted me with as an opportunity to surrender and become transformed through faith, I grew weary in doing small things well and lost heart. Everything was so very daily. My chores felt unseen, invisible, seemingly insignificant. I tried to remind myself that throughout scripture the Lord delights in everyday obedience. But I struggled to believe it when I was slogging through mundane moments, asking myself “Do they really have to eat again? I just made lunch.” Some days success meant nailing the three biggies – food, clothing, and shelter – in any form. Banana dipped in peanut butter for dinner? That counts as fruit and protein; sure honey, we’re good. Lord, how can you use me? Certainly you’ve called me to more than this?” – Jen Schmidt in her Just Open the Door Bible Study

[07:26] – Laney references this blog post.

[08:19] – “Where we see failure, God sees opportunity. Where we assume weakness, He thrives on giving strength. Where we see insignificant choices, He sees grand possibilities.” – Jen Schmidt

[08:35] – God used Laney’s failure and hard time for good with this podcast.

[09:09] – “God has a purpose for our pain.” – Jen Schmidt

[09:17] – In the midst of our most difficult struggles, our loneliness, our feelings of insignificance, our mess becomes the cornerstone of our message – and He uses it in powerful ways.” -Jen Schmidt

[09:49] – Scripture promises we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

[10:05] – Making going to God for our strength a habit

[10:16] – “Content + Comfortable = Complacent. Disturbed + Disrupted = Dependent” -Tricia Goyer

[11:14] – Keep it positive on social media; You do have influence.

[11:25] – Stepping Stone vs. a Stumbling Block

[11:38] – Tip #2: Watch what you eat
No elaborate dishes, new recipes, or heavily involved recipes

[12:45] – Focus on whole foods and eating simply.

[12:35] – Even though it may be expensive to do this, it’s cheaper than paying for illness and all of the things that come along with that.

[12:49] – Tip #3: Laundry Tips
If it’s not dirty, don’t wash it.

[13:33] – Fold laundry with your children.

[13:43] – Listen to an audio book or podcast to make mundane tasks more enjoyable.

[14:27] – Teach your children this verse while you work on chores together… Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men knowing that from the Lord  you will receive an inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

[14:38] – Recap of the tips already shared

[14:49] – Tip #4: Exemplify kindness and love

[15:28] – Verse to remember… “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26

[15:41] – Smile while you speak. When you speak while smiling the tone of your voice changes and the words that come out of your mouth are more gracious.

[16:10] – Tip #5: Simplify and streamline.

[16:32] – Work for 15 minutes; Rest for 10 minutes.
*Set a timer for work and rest times.

[18:18] – Give yourself Grace

[18:26] – Some things in life are more important that clean. Some things are more important than orginization

[18:47] – Relationships always trump rules and routines>

[19:01] – You are not called to be perfect

[19:05] – Find balance between laziness and letting things go vs. perfectionism and perfect order.

[19:24] – Avoid being critical and accentuate the positive things done well.

[19:45] – Utilize sanity savers like paper plates and plastic utensils.

[20:22] – Shut off certain rooms for a period of time. as they are cleaned and tidied up.

[21:10] –  Recap of the 5 tips

[20:12] – “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

[21:38] – Subscription Reminder

[21:49] – Rating and Review Request

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Large Family Logistics Book by Kim Brenneman
Just Open the Door Bible Study by Jen Schmidt
The Blog Post Laney mentions


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