Managing stress

Focus: Having the right priorities

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

‘So much to do and so little time’ is a familiar phrase—and also one that practically everyone can relate to…I know I can! ‘Overwhelmed and overcommitted’ creeps up on you when you have good intentions and a tendency to easily say, “Sure, I could do that.”

Even when you agree to do something you like doing—if you agree too much, pretty soon you’re buried under a load of responsibility that could cause a lot of stress.

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Talking to God is more important than anything else I have to do. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
Link to New Strength Devotional, Audio Version.
Talking to God is more important than anything else I have to do. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
New Strength Devotional Inspirational Statement of the Day

I have the habit of keeping my calendar pretty full. If I see a hole in it—I quickly fill it. I’ve tried to slow down, but I’m just not good at it. I like doing a lot of things, so technically, being busy isn’t a problem—except that sometimes I start to feel a little pressure building up when the clock is ticking and something I’ve said ‘yes’ to, needs to get finished.

I used to stay up late or all night and just plow through it to get things done, but I’m trying to get more rest these days. I haven’t learned to adjust my commitment level to allow for more sleep, so at the moment, I’m feeling just a little tense about some things that need to be done in the near future.

Today, I had time to work on things—but I really just wanted to talk to God. I sensed He wasn’t going to punish me for taking the time to pay attention to Him when I could have been working on stuff. I felt a peace in my heart that talking to God was more important than anything else I had to do.

When I have a lot on my mind, it helps when I’m able to just talk my ‘to do list’ over with the Lord. Asking for His help in all of the things I’m working on seems to put everything into a logical perspective as I discuss each area of concern with Him. I often find that as I am speaking to Him—inspiration comes to me.

Today, I felt in my heart that God didn’t want me to be stressed out about anything. I felt the peace I have had so many other times—that He would help me do whatever I need to do in the time I have to do it.

Sometimes when I’m trying to do something for someone else and it starts to get complicated or little things start to go wrong, I say, “God, I’m doing this for Jane,” or whatever the person’s name is. It seems to make a difference as I say those words, because usually the problem goes away or I find a way around it.

God loves it when we are willing to help others if we are doing it for the right reason. When we choose to help people for the right reason, He will always give us the ability to complete what we have started. If we’ve gotten into something that was really not His choice for us, we may have to just ‘slug our way through it’ in the flesh.

I notice a difference in the level of my strength and inspiration when I’m doing something I know God wants me to do. I’ve come to recognize that special strength and inspiration as the ‘anointing’, or the presence and blessing of the Holy Spirit. Being blessed by the Holy Spirit makes all the difference in our efforts and results.

When we pray and say, “God, I have this job I know I should do, and I really don’t have the strength or inspiration to do it—please help me.” He does. He gives us motivation, ideas, and energy to keep going until we’re done.

After we’ve had the experience of seeing God help us accomplish things we thought we couldn’t do—it gives us the faith to believe that what He did for us before—He will do for us again. When we begin to recall His blessing in times past, we are ‘magnifying’ the Lord and exalting His power. That’s like turning a key in a lock.

When we approach God with a thankful heart for the many times He has shown us His faithfulness, the power of the Holy Spirit releases peace into to our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. We are filled with joy beyond all measure. Someone who felt weak before—feels strong. Someone who was uninspired—suddenly becomes creative.

In the presence of God, there is an absence of stress and anxiety. When stress and anxiety are not present—we have the ability to flow in power and creativity, which is the essence of God.

Declaration: I will find new strength by spending more time talking to God. As I follow His leading and present my needs to Him, I will receive what I need in terms of strength and inspiration to perform my tasks with excellence. Best of all, my heart and mind will be filled with the peace of Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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