Overcoming Stress with Help from God

StressIs God number one on your stress management plan? If not, don’t panic. Panic helped get you where you are today. Maybe you tried prescription drugs, but couldn’t handle the side effects. Stress has no known cure. All you can do is find a good way to manage the symptoms.

 

Take worry, for instance.

What if we told you it’s OK to give yourself permission to worry about the troubles you have today?

“Do not worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

 

See if this works for you:

Set aside 15-minutes each day to sit in the silence. Ask God to listen to your concerns. But, you can only worry about now. You can’t change the past and the future, as Jesus points out, has its own troubles.

Start talking about your present worries. Don’t try to think of positive outcomes, just keep worrying until your time is up.

Close the session by thanking God for any solutions or insights concerning your troubles. Then, go on about your daily business, knowing you can worry at the same time tomorrow.

This is not EASY. You have worried so much, for so long, worries will creep into your consciousness throughout the day. Say something (in your own words) like this: Thank you trouble. I’ll worry about you tomorrow.

The word “worry” was derived from an old Anglo-Saxon word, wyrgan. It means to choke or struggle. Doesn’t it do just that? The more you struggle with problems, the more you choke your spirit.

Latest Statistics on Stress

According to Stress Brain, on the job pressures are the leading cause of society’s stress, followed by money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload and sleep deprivation. A whopping 77 percent of people experience recurring symptoms of stress and 73 percent presented with psychological symptoms caused by stress.

These statistics introduce the likelihood that only about 25% of the people include God in their stress management plan.

 

Prayer Relieves Stress

Ongoing scientific research is finding measurable advantages of faith. Interestingly, research supports that when we pray for other people, we become less susceptible to physical/psychological symptoms of financial stress.

When you pray, it feels as if a huge weight is lifted from your shoulders. Because you are no longer toting your burdens by yourself. Prayer is also an amazing antidote for loneliness. Knowing that God hears our prayers empowers us to keep on keeping on.

 

Putting Limits on God

Do you tend to save up God for the Big stuff? Do you think He wouldn’t be interested in your day-to-day challenges? Or, perhaps you feel God is too busy to listen to you every day. Maybe you shrug and say, “There is no way out of my problems.”

This is called putting limits on God.

Know this: God is omnipotent. His powers are unlimited. When you think there is no way out, what you actually mean is that you can’t see the way.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37

Nothing is too difficult for God. Nothing is too insignificant. When we pray, God of Infinite Wisdom, takes charge. This means our human limitations no longer matter.

Father God is never too busy to hear the prayers of His children.

Knee-time is free stress therapy. God knows a simple way to get you out of your difficulties from the littlest to the biggest.

 

Final Thoughts

Establish an intimate relationship with God. Love Him with all your heart. Put God first on your stress management plan. Pray. See the difference.

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