Overwhelming Stress

Life…… Fill in the dots. Life is good. Life is fantastic. Life is crazy busy. Life is chaotic. Life is just plain life. Life is overwhelming. We could go on with the many descriptions we have about life. There may be a time or two or three in our lives where we experience overwhelming stress. It doesn’t matter about the details of what is causing our stress. It does matter how we respond to it. Stress can make us freeze in our tracks. It will make us focus only on the here and now not on the brighter days to come.

What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come to be. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; instead only trouble comes. Job 3:25-26

Job was focusing on his difficult circumstances and not on God in these verses. He had always lived a righteous life but still difficult times came his way. He was losing his focus on how he was supposed to be living and the brighter days that God could provide him. Here, we find life was very overwhelming for Job. Some may feel that Job had a right to complain about what he was going through.

Our circumstances can lead to stress and complaining is a natural response. The only problem with complaining is we tend to lose our focus of God and stop moving forward. Whether life is crazy, busy, filled with circumstances or just life, during our times of stress we need to move one step forward, one foot at a time. We should not fret over the things that cannot be finished today. When a task is at hand, what needs to be done will be done. The Lord only gives us so much time in a day. Whenever we feel overwhelmed, we should take a step to the side, breathe, and ask God to fill us with peace and strength to overcome and get us through. Prayer can release our tensions in times of emotional stress and God can help us deal with the cause of our stress. Life can get very chaotic but by focusing on god, we can handle the things happening around us much easier.

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. Deuteronomy 30:11

May God bless you in your journey this week and fill you will peace during times of stress.

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A Romantic Love Story

We have seen it in the movies, read about it in books, seen it in real life and maybe have even experienced it. We are designed to love. We long for love and to be loved.

Do we recognize when we are being wooed, romanced and pursued? It is the romantic love story. We long to experience it in real life. Most may think the romantic love story is only women being romanced. We tend to overlook that both men and women are currently being pursued, romanced and wooed. We look to the world to give us the romantic love story instead of looking within our souls. There is one that keeps knocking at the door (Revelation 3:20). He is persistent and very patient. He will not walk away but stands there waiting for someone to open the door. Do we hear? Do we recognize he is knocking? We may not hear the knocking because we are enticed and drawn to lovers of this world. Nothing on earth can truly satisfy the longing and passion of our soul.

There is a painting titled “The Light of the World,” it was painted in 1853 by William Hunt. It is a picture of Jesus knocking on a door with no doorknob or handle. The door to our soul can only be opened from the inside. No one can enter from the outside without being invited in.

The romantic love story. He continues to knock patiently, wooing and romancing us. Do we have spiritual amnesia, forgetting who he is? Do we open the door to the greatest love story of our life?

May you open the door to your love story this week. Blessings!

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86,400

86,400 is how many seconds we are given in a day to live a meaningful life. It is how many seconds we have to touch someone’s life, to be productive in getting things done, rest for the body and soul or to waste.

Many times my husband has told me prioritize what needs to be done today and leave the rest. He also tells me to rest and not to work myself so hard. You see our bodies need rest as well as our souls. Constantly being busy can wear even a healthy body out and stress can do a lot of damage in many ways. Recently I have been listening to what he has been trying to tell me for years. Each day after my quiet time, I prioritize and list one or two items as my focus to accomplish for that day. I do not focus on everything on my to do list because that would stress me out. The most important part of my day is my sought after quiet time for my soul. To reflect and spend in the peaceful quietness I find when I am alone.

Quiet time doe not just happen. We have to make it happen. We have to prioritize and make sure it happens first before anything else. Life can be overwhelming and every task presents itself as priority. Take a step back and look at what needs to be done first. If our soul is not quiet but in turmoil it will reflect in the rest of our day and infect everything. Quiet time should be at the top of our daily to do list. We need to take time to re-energize and nourish the body, mind and soul. Budget our time wisely. What time we have today we cannot bank for tomorrow and once today is gone so is that time we were given. Live a balanced life of fulfilled purpose.

How many seconds of your 86,400 will you spend resting your body and soul? Meditation, reflection and prayer. How many seconds will you use today to touch someone’s life? How many will you waste?

My soul, be quiet before God, for from him comes my hope. Psalm 62:5

Blessings!

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Reminders

Depression; hope, shame and guilt; forgiven, past; future, sorrow; joy,
prisoner; freedom, grief; love, stress; peace

For every emotion that brings us down there is another emotion to pick us up. Finding joy and hope in the midst of despair. We are given daily reminders of hope but do we look for them. Most of the time the emotions that bring us down blind us. It is difficult to find the littlest ray of light in the darkness. Hope is found in those tiny flickers of light. It can come in many forms: sunrise, sunset, a bird singing, a smile, a voice, a touch, claps of thunder, the rainbow after a storm. These different forms of reminders and many others give us the hope that we are not alone in this world. In a world of high technology we can feel very alone. Our world is filled with texts, social media, blogs and not enough of face to face time. In our fast pace world, we do not take the time for each other. As I was typing this post and focusing on daily reminders, my rooster crowed three times. God was reminding me through my rooster that He is always with me and gives me the hope and strength for today.

My reminder to you today is: You are not alone. Your life has purpose and meaning. Do not allow the negative emotions to drag you down instead look for those little rays of light.

What was your reminder today? Click over to my Facebook page and share your answer.

Blessings!

Things to ponder: Colossians 3:2 “Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.” Letting heaven fill our thoughts means concentrating on the eternal and not the temporal.

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