One thing at a time!

We live in a fast paced, demanding world. It seems like everyone you talk to has too much on their plate. God’s called me to homeschool my four children and write. Life can get pretty overwhelming with my kids’ activities and writing if I try to take on too many demands at once.  If you have kids, don’t you feel overwhelmed when they demand your attention all at the same time?  I can’t count how many times I’ve said to my kids, “One thing at a time! There’s only one of me!”

Regretfully, I’ve said the same thing to God when I’ve been overwhelmed and burdened with ministry or family needs. But God reminds me that His burden is light. When I’m overwhelmed, I’m carrying my own load, not His.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Life’s demands are not the only thing that can weigh us down, but trying to live a godly life can be burdensome if we are carrying our own load. I just ended a series on sin that God’s Word warns us to be on guard against. God’s Word shines a light in our hearts revealing the areas where we fall short. Sometimes it can be overwhelming when we read His Word because we fall short in every area.

From the start, God has led me to do these series to teach me, and to help others, focus on only one area at a time. Two of my series have been turned into devotional books. Even though I wrote the books, I still use them to help me in the areas I fall short. I only focus on one area for the whole week, reading, meditating, and praying the Scriptures I found on that subject. I’ve been falling a lot in my love walk lately, so God’s led me to go through my love walk book. This week, in my quiet time with God, I’m only studying Scriptures that deal with “kindness.”

I am telling you this in humility, not to promote myself or my books, but to encourage you that God’s commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). The Bible says “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. … Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Surely God’s Spirit is not leading us in a hundred different directions. When we walk, we take one step at a time. Walking with Jesus and learning from His Holy Spirit one step at time will greatly take the burden off us and help us enjoy our walk with Him.

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 55:22, KJV

Heavenly Father,

We praise You that Your commands are not burdensome. You’ve given us everything we need to live a godly life in Christ Jesus. Help us lay down our burdens at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him one step at a time. In His name we pray, Amen!


About Amanda Beth

I am a wife of seventeen years, mother of four children, and author of “You Can Have a Happy Family: Steps to Enjoying Your Marriage and Children” (2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Award) and two devotionals: “The LOVE Walk: A 15-Week Devotional on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8” and “Armor of Light: A 7-Week Devotional on Ephesians 6:10-18.” God has done an amazing work in me and my family since He rescued me thirteen years ago. Because of His unfailing love, I am passionate about sharing His love with others. You can learn more about my testimony on my blog ( and my website ( "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." Hebrews 10:35-36
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14 Responses to One thing at a time!

  1. Thanks for the reminder that when God calls us to do something He also equips us for the task. Our part is to rely on only His enabling and not to try to achieve on our own – because that would only result in frustration and failure – whereas when we allow Him to use us as His instrument, His victory is assured.

    We serve an incredibly amazing God who delights to equip and use us in His service. What a privilege!

    • Amanda Beth says:

      Great comment! I agree. Frustration and failure is a sure sign to me that I am not relying on God and trying to make something happen on my own. Thanks for sharing that! Blessings to you!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Harassed, tired, discouraged, one step ahead and two steps back, paralyzed in action ….. all signals that I must take it one step at a time. Thank you for this very important reminder Amanda.

  3. Your blog reminds me of the old adage: “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.”

    I’ve not been writing much for some time. Like you, God has called me to spread the Good News by writing. I’ve been making excuses… the main one being “where’s the time with so much to do!”

    Time to carve the elephant into bite sized chunks. Thanks for handing me the carving knife, Amanda.

    Shalom, Art

    • Amanda Beth says:

      That’s really good, Art! I have to remind myself often that God will always provide the time to do what He’s called us to do. When I don’t have the time, other things have to go, but not His will. Thanks for your comment! God bless you on your writings:)

  4. adopted80 says:

    Thanks for the encouragement in this write. Every since my surgery I haven’t been able to sit down and write and I’ve worried whether or not ill be able to write poetry again. Thank you again.

    In Christ

  5. Amanda Beth says:

    I am so happy this encouraged you! God spoke to me through it too. R

  6. GodGirl says:

    I really like this thought of ‘one step at a time’ and how the Spirit doesn’t lead us into all different directions. It’s helped remind me to not ‘catastrophise’ about everything that’s going wrong, but to lay each burden at Jesus’ feet, leaving it with him. Thanks!

  7. Lyn Leahz says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post, Amanda. And honestly, I know you aren’t promoting your books in this post..but…if God gave you a message in your books…promote it and shout it from the streets! He wants that message to reach many..and there’s nothing wrong with that! 🙂 God bless you sister!

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