S-T-R-E-S-S. Any of you recognize this in your life lately? So often, I keep hearing people say they are stressed out. They don't have time for family, church, rest, etc.; or they accomplish it all and remain stressed out. How can this be? Stress, stress, stress. But who can take away your stress? Yes, Jesus.
We need to be a student of stress, not a slave to it. Stress is a good reaction made by God...the "fight or flight" reaction we have in a fearful or stressful situation. There are a lot of chemical changes and reactions in the body that the Lord designed for us, which add to the complete and optimal working of our bodies. And we need to understand a bit about stress to help get through it. You can't avoid stress, but you can handle it.
The stages of stress are (a) ready, (b) react, (c) recover. It is the recovery we don't have enough of. We are sick and weak because of “un-recovered” stress. Remember that God rested, not because He was tired but because He wanted to give an example for us to follow. Go through your stress, according to God's directions:
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