Posted: February 26, 2021 by Karol Scott, Communications Director
Stress. Does just reading that word make your blood pressure go up a bit? Life is hard, you’re being pulled in different directions – work, family, finances, parenting, marriage, house, maybe an illness, a loss, and the list goes on and on.
The enemy wants you to be stressed. It can be overwhelming and just really hard. Sometimes you just don’t know where to turn or what to do next.
Do you know that God doesn’t want you to feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? He does not promise that you will never have trouble or stress, in fact, he does tell us that we all will have trouble and stress:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
The good news is that He is available to help you get through it. He is ready to take over that stress for you.
OK – Tell Me How
Two words – The Bible. I love how the Bible has so much encouragement in it! Did you know the Bible is one way that God communicates with you?
I know sometimes it can be confusing and hard to understand, but if you take the time to dive into it a bit, it has so much good stuff. It’s a source of truth and God always provides the right encouragement at just the right time.
Today I want to provide some encouraging verses when the stress is high and you’re just not sure what to do next. You can grab a hard copy, go online, or use an app like the YouVersion Bible App. Try looking at the verses in different translations which can help in understanding. It’s easy to do this in the YouVersion app at the top next to the verse.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. Psalm 94:19
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Psalm 119:143
So you read this blog, read the verses, and then you move on with life. Now I want to encourage you to STOP. 🛑
Read the verse. Then read it again. Take a few minutes to think about it. Take a few minutes to pray, tell God what’s on your heart, and ask for guidance. Then read the verse again. Write it down or make a note in your phone to have that visual reminder.
God is here. He is present and ready to take over that stress. Now release it to Him.