Strengthening our spiritual self will aid in producing strength, wisdom, knowledge and judgement needed in relation to stress and anxiety.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Stress and anxiety are at the center of so many of our lives these days. The combination of a fast-paced competitive society, our own internal struggles and fears, and the challenges presented by the economy, our families, our jobs, and day-to-day life leaves us feeling overwhelmed and on edge.
Anxiety is a reaction to stress. Whether in good times or bad, most people say that stress interferes at least moderately with their lives. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes, and loss of sleep.
In the fast-paced culture we live in it can be easy to become discouraged. Take heart there is HOPE! God tells us that we should call onHim in our times of trouble. Not only does He promise He hears us but he promises to answer us. What do you do when you are in trouble? Do you worry? Do you complain? Do you take it out on others?
Or do you pray? Psalm 120 shows us the best way. When in trouble, pray. And the reason why is simple and yet at the same time so remarkable. God hears you when you pray. That’s what the psalmist says in verse 1: “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” That is astonishing. When you pray, the God who created all things, the God who is bigger than the universe, hears you. He pays attention to you. He hears your every word. Never take that for granted. God hears you when you pray. Through Christ’s death and resurrection we are assured of salvation-our ultimate HOPE. Our founded HOPE. Our Eternal Hope.
THERE IS HOPE
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Strengthening our Spiritual self is essential when working to strengthen ones physical, emotional and mental healing. Strengthening our Spiritual self will aid in producing the strength, wisdom, knowledge and judgment needed in relation to stress and anxiety challenges.
We better manage our stress when we distinguish what we can control and what we can’t. We all have a normal stress zone in which we function quite well. Everyone’s zone is different. Each of us has learned to cope within our normal stress zone. When factors happen that push outside of our normal stress zone that’s when anxiety can happen. When this happens we need tools to feel more in control to our body’s response to stress. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Where do we start our journey of “breaking up” with stress and anxiety? First, we tend to our Spiritual needs. We take time to pray and meditate, we spend time in His word, and we reach out to fellow Christians for love and support. We make it a priority to have a physical health check-up and tend to our emotional and mental health. In addition we make sure that we make time for self-care, set healthy boundaries and make time to do things that bring relaxation. Today is your day to start your journey to a life that is less stressful and more peace filled.
Blessings my friends,