Beating Stress One Day at a Time
This is the day the LORD has made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 NKJV
Face facts: just getting by in these turbulent times can be stressful . . . very stressful. You live in a world that is brimming with demands, distractions, and deadlines (not to mention temptations, timetables, requirements, and responsibilities). Whew! No wonder you may be stressed.
What can you do in response to the stressors of everyday life? A wonderful place to start is by turning things over to God.
Psalm 118:24 reminds us that this day, like every other, is a glorious gift from the Father. How will you use that gift? Will you celebrate it and use it for His purposes? If so, you’ll discover that when you turn things over to Him—when you allow God to rule over every corner of your life—He will calm your fears and guide your steps.
So today, make sure that you focus on God and upon His will for your life. Then, ask for His help. And remember: No challenge is too great for Him. Not even yours.
Life is strenuous. See that your clock does not run down. - Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
There are very few certainties that touch us all in this mortal experience, but one of the absolutes is that we will experience hardship and stress at some point. - James Dobson
If you’re willing to repair your life, God is willing to help. If you’re not willing to repair your life, God is willing to wait. - Marie T. Freeman
Prescription for a happier and healthier life: resolve to slow down your pace; learn to say no gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasure, more hobbies, and more social entanglements. - James Dobson
Heavenly Father, You never leave or forsake me. Even when I am troubled by the demands of the day, You are always with me, protecting me and encouraging me. Whatever today may bring, I thank You for Your love and Your strength. Let me lean upon You, Father, this day and forever. Amen
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.