Philippians 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
From My Heart to Yours
Wikipedia say Signs of stress may be cognitive, emotional, physical or behavioral. Signs include poor judgment, a general negative outlook, excessive worrying, moodiness, irritability, agitation, inability to relax, feeling lonely, isolated or depressed, aches and pains, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, eating too much or not enough,sleeping too much or not enough, social withdrawal, procrastination or neglect of responsibilities, increased alcohol, nicotine or drug consumption, and nervous habits such as pacing about, nail-biting and neck pains.
Gosh I feel like I just saw one those of medicine commercials on TV. The commercial always starts out pretty good. Do you…exhibit these …symptoms? Well, they continue, we have the perfect medicine for you. It will cure…… You will see improvement in ….. Then the details of the side effects of their miracle drug are listed: may cause dizziness, silliness, etc etc. I bet half of the commercial covers what the medicine can cause that is supposed to fix a problem you have. Now that’s funny I don’t care who you are.
When I looked up the definition for stress regardless of whether it was a noun or a verb there was a long list of what the symptoms were. Now I encourage you to stop what you are doing and go back to the top of this page and read again what the signs and symptoms of stress are. Why in the world we would choose to put ourselves through all that when there really is a miracle cure. GOD.
God tells us into today’s scripture to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. If you are stressing today, STOP IT! Take those things you are stressing over and pray about them. Tell God what they are, name them one by one if you have to. Then get ready for the side effects….the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Now doesn’t this sound like the miracle you were looking for?
Dear Lord, YOU are the answer to my problems. YOU are the miracle I have been seeking for (YOUR STRESSOR). Thank you God for taking this concern and handling it as only you can. Forgive me for holding on to it and trying to fix it myself. Now pour your peace over me and this situation and give me the courage and strength to wait on you to take care of it. In Jesus Name.
Why wait. Is there something you feel led to praise God for now? Share your praise with everyone by leaving a comment below.