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“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 troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Are you aware that the word stressed spelt backwards spells desserts? It’s a shame that so many people are stressed. In order to soothe inner tension, many indulge in desserts or other substances hoping to take the edge off. Being under constant stress is not healthy for your body, mind, spirit, and relationships. God never intended for His children to live under adverse circumstances. According to John 14:27, Jesus offers us peace that cannot be found in this world. Jesus’ peace opposes stressed out lives here on earth.
If you have been under a great deal of stress lately, here are a few steps you can take that will guide you into less stressed living.
S – Seek God with all your heart early in the morning. Pray throughout the day. Trust in the Lord as you cast your cares upon Him.
T – Turn away from excess substances and turn to Christ for comfort. Ask for help and support from someone who has overcome such obstacles.
R – Rest and relax in utter assurance that God is on your side. A good night’s rest does wonders for your overall wellbeing. Remember Jesus was sound asleep on the boat when a fierce storm swept by.
E – Exercise your body, God’s vessel, at least 30 minutes a day. Jesus walked the shores, climbed mountains, and journeyed many miles by foot. Try to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine with a few good friends, your spouse, or children. Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
S – Soothe your mind, heart, and emotions with time alone with God. He is the great physician.
S – Smile as often as possible on a daily basis. It makes a huge difference within and to those around you. Arrange to have a “fun day” every once in awhile. God wants us to enjoy life, family, and friendships.
E – Eat three well-balanced meals and nibble on a healthy snack in between to keep your body nourished and functioning properly. Drink plenty of refreshing water.
D – Decide to rid yourself from extra obligations that do not have God’s approval. Be wise with your time and learn to say “NO” when you ought to without feeling guilty. Unload things that are not bearing good fruit.
God loves you dearly and desires that you de-stress in His loving arms and living word. Do not allow the stresses of life to overwhelm you. Refuse to lean on old habits that only bring additional pain and suffering.
Father God, Teach me to trust You with my concerns. Reveal to me what needs to change in my life so I am not continually feeling so stressed out. Jesus, your peace is what I seek knowing that nothing else will soothe my discomfort. Amen
Question: What tips can you add that will help others deal with stress and overload?