Lightening the Load

th-6This morning as I read my morning devotion in Jesus Calling I was struck with the stark realization that my “backpack of life” has been getting very heavy.  I have gotten very good at stuffing it full of moments that I will refer to as “Not Being My Best Self.”  Those moments consist of poor decisions I have made, memories of the times that I have hurt people both intentionally and unintentionally, times when my vocabulary has been filled with venomous words that were designed to bring people down and not to build them up, times of selfishness, times when I neglected those that I love, things that I should have done and things that I did not do.  Each of those moments adding weight to my journey of life. Each of those moments an epic failure in my thinking that “I” can do better. “I” can be better.  “I“can think better.

th-2Oh, THAT DEVIL!!!  He sure is tricky.  Look at how he has encouraged me to fill my backpack with memories and ideas that    place focus on me and what have or haven’t done and distracted me from taking those “”Not Being My Best Self” moments to my Savior and laying my weighted load at His feet and leaving it there, focusing on what He has done.When our sinful nature leads us to focus on ourself instead of our Savior and His forgiveness we are robbed the peace that His grace and forgiveness provide us. Our load is not lite and there is no peace.

How much weight do you carry? Is your “backpack of life” filled with past sins that you can not forgive yourself for?  Is it filled with thoughts, looking back and wishing you could undo decisions or actions you wished you could change?  How much energy do you spend in the past or worrying about the future?  How heavy is your load?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  because we are sinful humans we will continue to make mistakes.  To think that we could live an error-free life is faulty thinking. (In the mental health world we would call that maladaptive thinking)   Our God is able to take even our worst mistakes and bring good out of them.  Our mistakes, regrets, and poor decisions can be a blessing reminding us of our dependence on our Lord and teaching us how to better love those around us.

Worries, hurts, and regrets are heavy when we try to bear the burden on our own and place our focus on ourself.  Trust your Savior.  Talk to your Savior.  Take your burdens to Him.  Let Him carry the load and don’t pick your load back up after giving it to Jesus. Leave your load with Him.  He tells us in Mathew 11:28-29,  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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Unpack your “backpack of life” lay your heavy worries, regrets, and hurts at Jesus’ feet.  Lay in His presence with your lightened load and rest.  Feel His peace.  Feel His love. Feel His Grace.

Blessings my friends,

Terri

 

 

How to Benefit from Counseling

How to Benefit from Counseling

  1. Be honest with the counselor.
  2. Be present during the session. We recognize that your life is full of academic and social commitments; therapy can be a time to reconnect with yourself away from the distractions of social media and texts or the stresses of studying.
  3. Be honest with yourself. Try hard.  Don’t sabotage counseling because your confidence is at low ebb.
  4. Identify your goal.
  5. Do the activities at home that your counselor asks you to do.
  6. Your counselor is a guide who will help you develop solutions that work to promote love, work and faith.
  7. Stick with it. Sometimes talking about what you’re experiencing can lead to more      intense feelings and you may feel worse; however, continuing to talk with a            provider about your concerns will often alleviate your symptoms over time.

Dear Stress let’s break up

 

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,

Terri