The Stress Is Killing Me…What Do I Do Now? Part I

Posted on March 8, 2013

Jesus said in John 16:33, “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.” We all will experience intense stress and pressure in our lives.  No one can escape trials in this world.  Trials are important aspects of our being and becoming what God has in mind for our spiritual path.  He desires to show us His right next step.  Here are three Godly ways to move within the stress you are experiencing right now.

Go to God’s Word.

The Bible is an infinite and timeless resource of how God loves His people.  He desires for us to come to Him no matter what we are experiencing and seek His truth for our given situation.  We serve a God who thoroughly loves and disciplines us in all our ways.  Don’t blame God for your situation.  He desires for you to learn something about Him and going to the Bible for assistance can bring great physical, emotional and spiritual relief.

If you are struggling to find a specific answer for your situation in the Bible, begin by reading the Psalms or Proverbs.  The Psalms offer words to our stress and ways for us to cry out to God in our trial.  Proverbs has very simple lessons on how we can live a more Godly life and make wiser choices within our trial.  Let God show you who He is as you read His Word.

Pray Daily and Often.

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Jesus is God who came in human form to save us.  He chose to lead a life without sin and to be a living sacrifice for us so we could experience eternal life after we die.  If you love Jesus, you love God.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for what are struggling with right now and understands human suffering.

Turn to Jesus as you pray even if you don’t know Him very well.  He can offer you holistic healing and peace in ways you have never experienced.  If you don’t know how to pray, simply start talking with Jesus daily; asking Him to show you what is the right next step.  Jesus knows whatever you are struggling with isn’t meant to be easily overcome but to be comforted in His care.  Realize He has a purpose for your trial and stress. Let Him use your trial to grow you on your spiritual journey.

Invite Wisdom.

It’s easy to react with negative emotions when we are stressed out beyond ourselves.  When our stress is unmanageable, we move in chaotic and ungodly ways.  God asks us to look at our stress and to invite His wisdom into our lives.  “Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.” Proverbs 8:33.  When we are stressed out, we take out our stress on anyone and ourselves.  God doesn’t want us to react in unwise and callous ways.  He wants us to move slowly and methodically honoring His ways without vengeance, slander, malice or murder of the heart.  When we are offended by our trial and those who are involved, we tend to turn to seek out unhealthy ways of coping against the pain and suffering.  God knows we are human and understands we will experience many human emotions under the trial.  However, He doesn’t want our emotions to control and rule our decision-making ability, which can make us physically and emotionally ill.  Ask Jesus in your prayer time to make you a wise and discerning individual.

For more information, continue reading part II of this series “The Stress is Killing Me…What Do I Do Now?”

 

Written by: Sally Groff, LMFT

Sally Groff is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist in Indianapolis, IN.   She is the Clinical Director of Groff & Associates and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  Her passion is to offer Godly and professional care to families.  Her desire is to celebrate great families and for our children to be ready and equipped for a bright and promised future.  Contact Sally Groff to discuss your family situation with her.

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