Are You Frazzled, Frenetic and Fatigued?

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maryann-diorioby Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Years ago, when my children were small, life’s many responsibilities had left me overwhelmed. I found myself on the brink of imploding from the stress of having too much to do and too little time to do it.

One day, I complained to the Lord. “Lord,” I said, “I don’t have enough time to do everything I need to do.”

Expecting a little sympathy, I was surprised when the Lord replied with these words: “You always have enough time to do what I have called you to do.”

His words struck me. Either I was disorganized, or I was doing some things God had not called me to do.

madonna-of-pisanoSince I am, by nature, an organized person, I concluded that I must be engaging in activities to which God had not called me. They were good activities—church ministries—but not activities that were mine to fulfill. Indeed, I was robbing others of ministries God had called them to do.

One by one, I resigned from several church positions, remaining only in the one God made clear was mine to fulfill. Also, I began to put time alone with God at the start of my day, not wherever I could fit it in.

As I prioritized what was most important in life and eliminated activities God had not called me to do, I experienced peace, clarity of mind and renewed strength. Best of all, I learned a valuable lesson: When we follow God’s way, we will be blessed, not stressed.

MaryAnn Diorio is an award-winning, widely published author of fiction. She holds multiple graduate degrees and has taught writing at major universities. When not writing, MaryAnn enjoys painting and playing the piano. MaryAnn and her husband have two amazing daughters, a fantastic son-in-law and five rambunctious grandchildren. Visit MaryAnn at

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