To Stress or Not to Stress…

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That is the question…

Car payments, college loan payments, house payments, orthodontics for the kids, the presidential elections, the in-laws coming to visit in two days, job hunting, debilitating illnesses…etc…etc… So many issues going on in our lives these days, too many for me to list here.

Now humor me for a second. Count to five and slowly look around you. Think of all the things you have going on in your life. Do many of the issues affecting you cause as much stress as the issues we’ve mentioned here or perhaps more so? Can you say that these issues stress you to a point where they hinder you from being the person God has called you to be? In other words, do you control them or do they control you? Better yet…Is God in control of these sources of stress in your life?

Perhaps you have turned all these sources of stress over to God and place your trust in Him to provide for all your needs. Gods word compels us to…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”– Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV).

We should all know God has a plan for us…

‘” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”‘ – Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

Understanding Gods plan and His desire for our lives… Knowing His desire to provide for our every need and be in close relationship with us… Why do we worry so much? Whether it’s Trump, Clinton, Cruz, Sanders or Kasich as our next President will not determine God’s plan for our lives nor alter it in any way. If the stock market plunges 2000 points in the next 24 hours – will you be ruined? Or will you be overjoyed and confident in seeing how God will provide for your needs in ways you never imagined?

I don’t mean to trivialize stress and its effect on our lives. Many of these issues are real and weigh heavily on us especially as we learn to lean on God. But is it possible that we sometimes allow ourselves to be stressed out by some of the more trivial issues in life? Sometimes we fail to place a full balance of “trust” in God. And thats okay… He understands… He simply wishes that you would… So that He can show you the Love He has for you. So that you can experience His peace which surpasses all understanding.

Think on all the stresses in your life as I leave you with His words:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6: 25-34

As we enter April lighthearted with the pranks that will be played on April Fools day. Try to remain focused on placing your burdens at the feet of Christ and trusting that He is making a way for you in all of your walk through life. It may not be easy at first,  but as you learn to let go, you will experience the rewards of peace and the satisfaction of a trust building walk with the Lord.

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