The last thing I want to do is overwhelm you.

I’m working on my conversation (i.e. message/ sermon) for Sunday morning and so I thought I would unload some thoughts on you as I work on it. The thing is . . . the framework of each conversation is planned weeks in advance,  . . . I live the message, working through each idea, the days leading up to Sunday.  It’s always a work in process. Or should I say, I’m a work in process.


There seems to be a growing number of people who are overwhelmed.  I mean.  Sometimes it feels like all of us on earth are overwhelmed.  I think the baseline for being overwhelmed is mostly about the  pressure of “now” and the unknown of the “not yet,”  which for the most part, is the way it’s always been.


Everything seems to be on steroids right now, magnifying all the people who are nailing down life with ease and beauty.  All the forms of media give us a quick view of their AMAZING AND AWESOME success, which of course makes our own life look pathetic and frightening at best.  It’s easy to be held hostage at the thought of never attaining their level of life.  And, if, that’s not enough . . .  it can feel like we’re alone in it all . . . especially if, there’s the complication of a broken heart.

It’s too much.  All of it.

Until the page of the story is turned.  Because.  There’s always two sides of the story.   Despite the darkness, there’s a beautiful side to it all, the place where we’re able to lean into God and one another.  And, as hard and messy as life can be, we’re able to see there’s something more to life when it’s lived with-God and one-another.


I was thinking about my life-verse, the God-words underlined on each page of my story.  It’s a part of your story too:

Young people will get tired;  strapping young men will stumble and fall.  BUT those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength.  They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary.  They will walk—never tired, never faint (Isaiah 40: 30-31, Voice).  

Let these words guide you from being overwhelmed with all that you must manage to being overwhelmed with what God offers–a strength to rise up in the midst of the hard.

I pray for God-strength for you and I today–Kerrie

It’s what I pray for my sweet ones:

 Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED







Author: Kerrie Carlisle Palmer

Hi there, I am a Life-Story Teller, Co-Developer of TableThink (https://www.tablethink.com), co-host of TableThink and Think On This Podcasts, Pastor, Church Planter, Founder of Red Door Church. I love to be with my family, friends, and anyone I meet along the way. Two musts are coffee and celebrations. I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

2 thoughts on “Overwhelmed”

  1. Kerrie Palmer. I thank God for you. Your messages are true. Hard. Good. Very good. In them I am discovering and my precious family is discovering, that we are able to find the healing, hope, joy and purpose that we have longed for. In many ways this time at the Red Door reminds me of the first time I went through a Step Study. I entered in an adventure with amazing people who walked through the deep challenges of looking at the hurt of the world that had marked itself in our souls. It was a journey of honesty and difficulty. But. It was a journey of hope and healing. It was the more of God. This first time through was the hardest because it was learning how to incorporate new tools to face difficulties instead of trying desperately to move past them and not be affected by them. You are equipping us, encouraging us to the new, the more of God. It is no longer about getting by, sweeping under the rug or putting on a face. At the Red Door we are being lead to face courageously difficulties from the past and future knowing that these are the giants that taunted us which are losing their voice because The Voice is replacing them. We are journeying in the new. The more.
    Thank you and the leadership team for many hours you are investing in creating a place of prayer, hospitality, safety, discovery, laughter, strength and beauty. It is miraculous.
    Thank you for choosing us when you don’t feel well or are exhausted. You remind me of Paul as you are “charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store…. and nothing stand in your way because He has grabbed you (and us😃) and won’t let go.” Phil. 3:12 The Voice.
    Blessings my dear friend.
    Thank you

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