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stress

All of us experience undue stress. Stress is that subtle-yet-building pressure that robs us of our well-being, peaceful state of mind, and sometimes even our health.

How many times have you thought to yourself— when you can think at all: “I’ve got too much to do and too little time to do it!”?

Stress affects us all. It may seem that some have developed immunity to it, but in reality, they have simply learned how to cope.

It should be our goal to learn to control the stress we face. Because if we don’t, then our bodies are likely to experience changes. Stress affects the brain, the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, your sleep habits, your immune system, and most importantly, your spiritual life.

Everyone feels the pressures of life. But you don’t have to live life as though you’re in a pressure cooker all day and then end the day feeling like you’ve been hit by an 18-wheeler as you collapse into your bed at night.

To take control of stress in your life, first claim your promises in Scripture. Here are just a few:

You will keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3
 
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28
 
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7
 
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
 

Create some quiet time—possibly even in a very quiet place—to read Scripture, pray, get alone with God, and write out your feelings.

And you’ll need to refrain from telling yourself you shouldn’t be relaxing when you finally get the chance to do so!

Size down your responsibilities and “just say no” when you begin to feel an incredible amount of stress.

Plan quality time for yourself—alone, or with someone who is good for you.

And avail yourself of Christian resources such as the “Winter Silent Retreat” offered by Pecometh Camp and Retreat Ministries.

PRAYER: Ask God to help you relieve the stress and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

(Adapted from https://www.seniorlivingministries.org/)

 

 

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