I'm Stressed!

A Hurting Word...

    If you keep a "running record" of these devotionals, then you know that I was running this week: I run the family laundry, cleaning, restaurant, and arbitration services.  And don't forget the teen taxi service, the worldwide web page, and now I'm running around the writer's block -  right! And you? You run, too.  I know - we all do.  Even the world is spinning and running around in circles!

A Helping Word ... or Two!

Confess it!

    It will CHALLENGE you to acknowledge your helplessness and rely completely on the Lord!

    "Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of thy wings" (Psalm 61:1-4 KJV).

Ad"dress" it!

    It will CHALLENGE you to withstand the enemy in HIS battledress, not yours!

    "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil ... Wherefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Ephesians 6:10,11,13 KJV).

Bless it!

    It will CHALLENGE you to pursue a deeper relationship with the Lord!

    "Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now have I kept thy word...It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes" (Psalm 119:67,7l KJV).

    Stress is a nine-letter word, and the word is CHALLENGE! See it not as a problem you "can't" handle; see it as a challenge you and your Lord "will" handle. Now, if I can stop running long enough to catch my breath, that's exactly what I'm going to do.  How about you?