November 9, 2018

When You’re Not As Okay As You Say You Are


I keep saying I’m okay, but honestly, I’m starting to question that.

I wrote this to a friend a few weeks ago in an email. I thought I was okay. It was my standard answer when someone asked how I was doing. But privately, I was starting to wonder.

I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. I was forgetting things that I wouldn’t normally forget. I was irritable, on edge, and about to cry at any moment. But…I thought I was doing okay. Until I wasn’t.

Maybe you know the feeling when so much is piled up and if one more thing gets added to the pile—just one. more. little. thing.—you will break.

I had reached my breaking point. I finally realized it and admitted it. And it felt good. It didn’t ease the pain of losing a loved one or make current situations simple, but the I’m-okay-mask didn’t feel quite so suffocating. {Tweet this}

I felt like I had to share this revelation and maybe some hope for someone else coming to the same conclusion about herself.

I posted this to a few of my Facebook friends…

Your breaking point just might be the moment you realize and admit that you’re actually not as okay as you keep telling people you are. But God is bigger than our breaking points!!

What breaks us does not break God. He’s bigger than the weight we’re carrying and the masks we’re trying to wear. {Tweet this}

What can we do when we realize we’re not as okay as we keep saying we are?

Please join me at Candidly Christian where I'm sharing 5 steps to take when you find you're at your breaking point...When You're Not As Okay As You Say You Are.

Have you experienced a time when you thought you were okay until you realized you weren’t? How did you feel after that realization?

In Christ,
Laura

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15 comments:

  1. Ooooh, you are writing about me!

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  2. Thanks for you honesty, Laura. I agree. Sometimes we have to reach that point of being without resources before we turn to our Heavenly Resource.

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  3. This is so beautiful Laura. I definitely know this feeling, and the moment we admit to ourselves that we are not ok, is the moment we begin healing.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes. I’m guilty of pushing and smiling until I break. Then I end up sick and a mess. Love this post, friend��

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  5. Thank you, Laura. It's so easy AND comfortable to just say, I'm okay or fine. But when it isn't true, we aren't walking in truth as 1 John encourages disciples to walk. Love this, "What breaks us does not break God. He’s bigger than the weight we’re carrying and the masks we’re trying to wear." Amen!

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  6. "What breaks us does not break God. He’s bigger than the weight we’re carrying and the masks we’re trying to wear." Such powerful words! Peace and grace, Tammy P.S. Keeping you in my prayers.

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  7. I love this! Like Tammy above that single line "What breaks us does not break God." AMEN!

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  8. I finally reached a breaking point last weekend. My body said enough. It felt good to let go of all expectations and take a break. I wish I could stay in that rest longer though.

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  9. Laura, I wrote about this very same thing last week! You are absolutely correct: What breaks us doesn't break God. Love it!

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  10. I can relate. Thanks for your transparency. laurensparks.net

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  11. How true - "what breaks us does not break God"! I think we all have been there. Beautifully honest post.

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  12. I'm right there with you--I don't usually admit when I'm not doing well. Thanks for your honest words and the encouragement I needed to be real and rely on God's strength.

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  13. This was such a good post - much wisdom. I am always amazed at how time spent with God lightens the load.

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  14. Sharing this with my daughter who is going through some really hard things. Menopause, 15 year old strong willed son, trouble at school, etc. Good stuff, Laura.

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  15. Amen! I feel like for some time now "I'm OK," and "I'm so busy," have been the only two acceptable responses when asked how we're doing. But there is freedom and help when we tell the whole story! Thanks for this encouragement to let the mask down a little more! Blessings!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!