Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Stress, stress and look more stress…

If you are like me, you feel some sort of stress almost every day. Daily stress can take a toll on our minds and bodies, it can even be a killer. It is a risk factor for heart disease, strokes and many other diseases. Even when we are in good health, we can find ourselves feeling anxious and apprehensive about day-to-day matters. Thinking about these things, we can simply get stressed out.

When you find yourself starting to feel stressed, take a moment and find something good in you life – even if it is just the fact that you woke up this morning.

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Overcoming stress starts with the ability to control our thoughts. We need to focus on the positive, uplifting things of God. Even if we can't change something, God can. God promises to comfort us in our times of stress.

Although it can be difficult for us, we need to believe there is a reason for our trials and that God is in control. He really is working in our lives to transform us from what we are into what He wants us to become.

Mark 10:27

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Are you trying to put too many things into one day and this is causing you stress?

Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Make time every day for leisure activities that you enjoy. Set aside rest and relaxation time in your daily schedule. Don't allow other things to get in the way. This is your time to recharge your batteries. Meditate on godly things. Listen to peaceful music. This doesn’t have to be hours – even 15 minutes set aside for YOU can make a difference in your stress level.

I came across a prayer that helps me turn my stress over to Christ.

Dear Lord, only You know the desperation I feel right now. Only You see the troubles that weigh me down. I confess that I don't have the strength or wisdom to find an answer. However, I trust that You are already planning my deliverance. I trust in Your perfect timing. Please show me what to do next, and direct me to the source of help. In Jesus' Name, Amen.