HANDLING STRESS THE RIGHT WAY

As an almost college graduate, I’ve had to deal with some pretty stressful deadlines. I am usually not the best at dealing with them and end up crying or grinding my teeth into oblivion. I always know I’m going to get it done, but for some reason, I always forget in the middle of the drama of it all. Stress is something that everyone faces on varying levels. As we get older, we learn to cope with the things that used to stress us out when we were younger. We go to college, get married, and have kids. But our stress changes as we grow and we have to understand how to deal with it. I’ve been really stressed this week and I am sure some of you are too, so let’s cope the right way, together.

There are a ton of Bible verses on not fearing or being anxious. In fact, there are 365 times in the Bible where God explicitly states for us to not fear- one for every day. Yet, we still worry, we still get anxious, and we are still fearful of the outcome. (Huge emphasis on we because I am right there with you.) I tend to freak out about the smallest things and not the big ones. I panic that I won’t get a blog post done on time but I am like, “God’s got me, I shall have no fear” about graduating college. How am I so trustworthy in the big things but not in the little?

Why do we trust God to do a miracle in a young child with cancer’s life but we don’t trust Him to help complete our daily tasks? God is in all things. We are to live every day to glorify God. Even household chores show your care and respect for the wonderful home God has given you! God wants us to obey Him and build that firm foundation. If we can trust him with the natural and the supernatural, we will be a house that cannot be moved even by the strongest hurricane. In Luke 6, Jesus is preaching one of his many sermons when he says this:

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (46-49)

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” All of these verses above emphasize how God will not let us be shaken. Nothing that has been thrown your way can move you when you cast your worry on the Lord. No amount of stress can bring back that addiction, no amount of worry can take you over the edge, no amount of fear can alter your personality. When we lean on Him, we are unmoveable.

One of the most difficult things for me to do is to be calm and trust. Even as I write this post, my heart is beating quickly at the idea of all of my impending deadlines. But John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” God doesn’t offer us any standard peace, He offers us His peace. We will not receive the world’s definition of calm, but His. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a way better deal to me.

Jesus gave and left His peace with us. In every task, big or small, He is right by our side giving us the endurance, strength, and passion we need to keep going. Turn to Him when the weight of it all becomes too much and He will provide unwavering strength. We will be like that house in Luke 6: unmoveable, unshakeable, and placed upon a sure foundation.

 

 

 

 

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