The Frazzled Epidemic

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

Just a few words that come to mind when I’m frazzled.

Is being frazzled an epidemic? I ask you that because I have just checked the searches that people use who somehow end up on this blog.

It’s a rather fascinating time-waster. I don’t check often, but in between studying, writing, and giving in to the desire to procrastinate, I will mosey over to the stats page for the blog and take note of different things from time to time.

Well, in the past month, several people found Digging Deep while they were searching for pictures of frazzled females. I don’t know what that truly means and am not sure if I should be frazzled by the fact they ended up here…with me…while looking for a frazzled female.  Right now, I am rather frazzled by this, I must say.

I hope they didn’t put my picture somewhere as the poster child of all frazzled women all over the world.

Then again, maybe I could be that woman. Could you?   Say it isn’t so!

With this in mind, I decided to find some soul-food in the Word to help alleviate my frazzled phases when they would like to be front and center in order to drag me down and out of a peaceful state. So, I will start with…my mind:

  • Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 
  • Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
  • 1 John 4b -because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  {I think that sometimes, I can fall prey to being frazzled because, quite frankly, that is the expected reaction of the world.}
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  {Sometimes, my frazzled state of mind comes because I am enjoying living without the Holy Spirit’s influence.  I shove the fruit of the Spirit under my rug, so to speak…read the next one.}
  • Galatians 5:22-25 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (All these references come from the NASB)

These are just a drop in a big big bucket of comfort to draw from the refreshing well of God’s Word when you and I have a case of the frazzles.

The frazzled woman can quickly be set ablaze emotionally if she’s not careful.  The cooling water of God’s Word can douse that fire quickly…if only she’ll take time to sit still and meditate on just one of God’s truths in that situation.

I know I’m not alone, because there is a Bible study written by Cindi Wood on this very topic.  You can learn more about that here

Encouragement:
In a moment, we may be caught up in the swelling current of frustration that can lead to a frenzy of lost hope and discouragement.  But, we can choose to not stay there.  We have to make a decision to rely on truth from God that we have put in our memory banks.  So, make sure to put something in that bank from God’s Word.


Opportunity for Response:
What is a favorite verse of yours you can rely on during times of being frazzled?  Please share.  Thanks!

Thanks to a fellow sister blogger, I’m linking up with her at

      9 Comments

      1. Hey Amy! I don’t know the exact address of this scripture (maybe you can help me find it) but I almost daily raise my eyes to Heaven and say “LORD, give me strength!” Those simple words give me such a calmness when I am frazzled…which is often. I always feel so much better in that moment. Love, Katherine

      2. Katherine,

        I like Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”

        I’m not sure if this could be the one you thinking about.

      3. Great blog today. I have several I go to..Prov. 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. Isaiah 26:3 Thou will keep her in perfect peace, whose mind in stayed on Thee. Col 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Isaiah 41:13 For I , the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “fear not, I will help you.” and Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a Hope.”

      4. Yes! Thank you for sharing all of those with us! Such jewels mined from God’s Word!

      5. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be trouble an do not be afraid.”
        This passage reminds me that God does not intend for me to feel frazzled or overwhelmed. He intends for me to have peace. Love your blog, Amy 🙂

      6. Lezli,
        That’s a great verse and I appreciate your reminder by leaving it in the comments!
        Thanks for the application, too!

      7. There’s a verse. 🙂 I think that when I am frazzled I cling to Psalm 27. I read it and am reminded who is fighting with me and for me.

      8. Michelle,
        That is a rich Psalm. Thank you for sharing. Any of you reading the comments, click on the link to read it online. Thanks Michelle!

        http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+27&version=NIV

      9. Okay, so you may have to highlight and paste it in.

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