“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:5-9 NIV
““But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.””
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV
I know what it is like to be stressed. I know how it feels to be burdened by life’s pressures and responsibilities. Stress is a reality and a problem for most people. However, the presence of stress does not have to dominate a person’s life. We can respond to stressful situations in a positive manner that permits us to enjoy life, and not just endure it. We can live in a way that is evidenced by the presence of God’s peace instead of our anxiety.
A definition of stress is a fearful concern experienced when the demands of life seem greater than our ability to meet them. It can be difficult people, circumstances, or events which we encounter. When I find myself in a stressful situation, my first reaction is to begin praying to my Heavenly Father. Most of the time a peace that comes from God—a peace that has its source in God and is sown or grown in us through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit—surrounds me. When everything around me seems to be falling apart, I have to remain hopeful and peaceful. I can not do it on my own, but with God’s grace and help I can be filled with the peace that surpasses all comprehension because I am seeking HIS PEACE.
Please pray for me, as I am praying for you! In the present times which we are living, we need to continually pray for each other, and especially those who do not have a relationship with our Heavenly Father.