I’m stressed—and I mean capital-S stressed. Do you feel me? Have you been there, too?
My to-do list overflows beyond anything I can comprehend. The days are blurring one into the next. I’m so frazzled. I can’t even remember what I need at the grocery store, let alone whether that event with my daughter is tonight or tomorrow (and I’ve checked my calendar four times today).
It’s enough to give anyone a nervous breakdown. (Oh, wait—maybe that’s what this is!) Kidding. Sort of.
I started out this year with one word in my heart: Peace. We’re not even halfway through February and I feel like a hypocrite. Who carries on about peace in one’s heart when they’re so stressed and busy they don’t even know what day of the week it is?
Is it even possible to have peace when we are stressed out?
Good news: we can have peace in the stress, in the crazy-busy, and even in the downright bad.
How? Because of Jesus.We can have peace in the stress, in the crazy-busy, and even in the downright bad. How? Because of Jesus. Click To Tweet
This isn’t a platitude; it’s a perspective switch. I used to think I could weather storms by hanging on and “being strong.” Now I know there’s only one way I can make it through—by clinging to Jesus, who gives me true peace.
Every day we have a choice as to how we look at the world. Sometimes our view is near-sighted—all we can see are the details, the to-do list, the piddly (and not-so-piddly) concerns. Other times, we get a glimpse of the big picture, a “God’s eye” view. And that’s the key.
Even when we are caught up in the difficult daily details, such as a sick child or a looming deadline or a catastrophic phone call, Christians can trust there is a bigger plan at work—far bigger than what we are going through.
While my life might be out of control and stressful today, I choose to rest in an important truth: I am God’s daughter. I follow Jesus and have the Holy Spirit in my heart. That means His plan is my ultimate plan—even when I can’t see His plan.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29 ESV).
And in the Gospel of John, He says, “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 NIV).
My daily life might be hard right now. But at the end of it all, it’s just a piece of God’s grand jigsaw puzzle. God’s master plan.My daily life might be hard right now. But at the end of it all, it’s just a piece of God’s grand jigsaw puzzle. Click To Tweet
I can have peace even in the stress by reminding myself I am His. I serve a mighty, mighty God of heaven and earth and everything else in the universe. His way is the priority. When I can step outside myself and allow myself to know and trust this, I have true rest.When I can step outside myself and trust I belong to Jesus, I have true rest. Click To Tweet
Do you have trouble coping with stress? How do you handle this?
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5 thoughts on “Peace in the Stress”
In the midst of our busy lives that can lead us to feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it is so important to stop and to take moments. Moments to breathe slowly and just rest in the love and grace of God. I need to do this more often so that what seems unmanageable becomes manageable.
Amen, Anne! It is definitely important to breathe and to rest in God’s love. God bless you!
Stress comes in many forms. It can come whether our lives are crowded with busy-ness, or it can come from conflict during what should be a time of peace. Bad health can bring stress. Decisions on vacation can cause stress. Unexpected tragedies can as well.
Pausing to breathe. Keeping our mouths shut when our opinion given just then might only escalate the situation. Staying calm. All of these choices can help us cope with stress, yet we still find ourselves facing stressful situations. This is a lifetime challenge.
Don’t be too hard on yourself during this crowded time of life, Emily. Remember to breathe. Let go of the extra things that can go, the things that may be cluttering the truly important. Breathe again. Pray for discernment. The Lord is never in a hurry. He will patiently guide you through.
Thank you, Melinda!! xoxo You are right that the Lord is never in a hurry.
This is very helpful! Thanks so much for this. The way I deal with it is reminding myself of the things He has personally told me about who He is to me and who I am to Him. He is Good!!! No matter what I go through and He is always with me!
Keep believing, receiving and declaring the truth!