Skip to main content

Dealing With Stress God's Way

Hey ladies, I hope you are enjoying the lovely start of fall 2016! October is here and I am sitting here in my family room with the window open and listening to the trees blowing in the breeze outside. I love that sound and I love fall! 

My family has been going through so many transitions this past year it has been a challenge for me to keep up which is why blogging was low on the totem pole! I truly don't know how other mom bloggers can just keep blogging through renovations and life mayhem but my hat is off to them. I guess just different personalities have different strengths. 

For me it takes me time to adjust to transitions and changes and upheaval. As an introvert I'm energized by quiet alone time and lots of mental processing. I like to figure out where I am, what I think about it, how to process what is happening, etc. 

So I thought I'd talk a little about stress.

There are so many things that we, as women, are juggling at any given time — our husbands, children, homes, finances, schedules, church commitments, school, housekeeping, errands, grocery shopping, meal preparations, cleaning, hospitality. Sometimes they can pile up on us and crush us. Sometimes it feels like we are hurrying all. the. time. Just to keep up. 

Hurrying has sadly become the American way. Once in a while it's not a problem, but hurrying as a lifestyle is a problem because it increases our stress levels. And stress is a killer. Stress causes anxiety, sleep disturbance, fear, worry, disease and death. 

God has made himself perfectly clear in Scripture that we are NOT to be full of worry and stress. Since stress and anxiety start in the mind, that is where the battle must be fought. When we read and meditate on God's words, we are renewing our minds.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

So what is Jesus' yoke that we need to take upon us? A yoke is a coupling traditionally used to keep two plow animals working and walking in unison. So when we take Jesus' yoke upon us, we are literally coupling ourselves to him. And that makes it very easy to walk with him. And when we are yoked with the Prince of Peace, the burden is light — not heavy and stressful!

Our attitude determines how we act and interact with everyone — our husband, children, neighbors, friends and community. Attitude truly affects everyone in our life.  And worry is like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain. Which is pretty ridiculous.

There are a LOT of wives and mothers who are completely stressed out right now. They may not always act like it, they won't always admit it. But they are freaking out inside. It is really something when we come across someone who is peaceful and of good cheer. It begs the question of why, doesn't it? That is an opportunity to share the love and transforming power of Jesus Christ with those stressed out around us. 

If we are trusting God, whom shall we fear? We don't need to be "full of care" when we are yoked with the Prince of Peace.  

God's word gives us so much to think about. When we meditate on God's word, live his reality and walk with him, His peace washes over us. 

And in turn our hearts will be steady, our minds will be clear and our homes will be happier. 

Philippians 4:6-7, says Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 

Psalms 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  

1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Luke 6:48 - He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

Psalms 34:17-19 - The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.   

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 - Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.   

Psalms 119:71 - It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 

1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

So the next time stress, worry and anxiety comes knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, it's for you"! 

Have a blessed day in Christ!


Courtney Downs said…
Welcome back to Blogland! :) :)
DeNiece Barnes said…
Welcome were missed.
Thank you ladies! :-)

Popular posts from this blog

Modesty Doesn't Mean Frumpy

Women are addressed directly in God's word to dress modestly. Perhaps some women claim ignorance on this issue, but it is a fact and there is no way around it. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with brooded hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array  1 Tim 2:9  While we can't expect heathen women to follow this command, women "professing godliness" certainly should.  Why then do we see so many Christian women dressing themselves and their daughters in varying degrees of immodesty?
I see a couple of problems that can hinder a woman who wishes she could dress more modestly, but thinks she just "can't". Most stores don't have modesty as a guiding design principle, so shopping in them can make one feel pidgeon-holed into the latest trends..  Most new clothes sold today have compromising necklines, blouses that cling, and 'everyday' dresses or skirts are hard to come by.Modest cl…

Have you Been Blessed with a Hard Working Man?

Is your husband a hard working man?  If he were asked if his wife appreciated him, what do you think he would say?

It's such a privilege to be the keeper my home and take care of my family. Having a place to call home to call my own is truly a blessing. I try to remind myself throughout the day how blessed I am. 

Sometimes when tired of washing the dishes, I try to remember to thank the Lord for those dishes - they help me feed my family.  Same goes for the laundry. I have been without so many times in my life that I find it hard to complain about the piles of dirty clothes or if I get behind. I am thankful to God deep in my soul for how much He has blessed me with. I have sufficient clothes and linens for my family - a blessing! And I have my very own laundry facilities right inside in my home. Another blessing! No traipsing to a laundromat. 

When I clean the toilets in our home, I am thankful to God that I have indoor plumbing. Not everyone does! Some have a smelly outhouse, or wor…

Reverence Your Husband

Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverenceher husband.
The older my kids get, the more clearly I see how extraordinary God's direction in this verse is. 

I have growing boys and they act like emerging bulls at times, which is to be expected. But never does my husband's authority and goodwill with them become so apparent and effective as when those little bulls arise. 

Young bulls need a solid foundation that only a loving father can provide.  It is amazing how important it is for them to absolutely know that Dad is the captain of his ship and his word is not only final, but that mom respects and honors him.

We were watching a Tim Tebow video recently and something he said really stuck with me. He said something to the effect of "I'm not perfect, but every time I succeed I get closer to excellence."  Isn't that a neat way to look at practicing at something?  We get closer …