Grace morning on this winsome Wednesday.
The Ten Commandments of Stress Reduction
1 Thou shalt not attempt to be perfect.
2 Thou shalt not attempt to be all things to all people.
3 Thou shalt be willing to leave some things un-done.
4 Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.
5 Thou shalt schedule time for thyself.
6 Thou shalt learn to say "no."
7 Though shalt be willing to do "nothing" for a period of time.
8 Thou shalt not feel guilty for saying "no" and doing "nothing."
9 That shalt not rob God of your time, talent and His treasures.
10 Thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy by beating thyself up over any of the above.
These are great stress reduction commandments. But there is one that comes from God Himself, one that should trump them all (and indeed seems to sum them all up):
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:6-7, NASB).
Never bear more than one kind of trouble at once. Some people bear all three kinds of trouble at once: all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Philippians 4:6-7 MSG
This season of peace and joy is also a time when many people are struggling with finances, failing and fragmented family fellowship, fatigue, health issues, and thoughts of depression.
Release all the stress that threatens to rob you of this Holy Holiday Season and beyond, to God, who will handle all your hurts and hopelessness.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this wonderful and worry-less Wednesday!