The term “new year, new you” is a popular buzz word every January. We are bombarded practically every day with talk about “new” – new ideas, new goals, new exercise programs, new diets, new resolutions, new political issues, new news, and new stuff we should buy.
There is lots of chit chat about the importance of “new”, however, the one thing all of us hope the new doesn’t bring is new reasons to stress. Yet, as the year progresses, we will most likely run into a few new problems and new challenges. As if last year’s problems weren’t stressful enough!
But although our reasons to stress may be new to us, or may have just carried over from the prior year, thank goodness Jesus is not new at helping us get through them. He has been providing stress relief to people for thousands of years, no matter what specific problem was causing the stress.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is Matthew 11:28 which says, “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Each time I read this verse, I feel a wave of comfort wash over me. I can envision Jesus stretching out His arms with a smile on His face, summoning me to come to Him, and then melting into His holy hug, while He soaks in all the burdens I have been carrying.
If only we could remember to close our eyes and let our minds take us to that peaceful place when we feel like we are stressed beyond our ability to cope. If only, we would pause long enough to purposefully ask for His peace, and then expectantly wait for it. If we all did that each and every day, I wonder how different our lives would be. And even moreso, I wonder how different our world might be.
Although our reasons to stress may be new to us. they are not new to Jesus. He is just as capable of bringing peace and rest to those who are stressed in 2013, as He was last year, and all the thousands of years preceding that.
If there is one new thing we can do this year that will impact our life in a positive way, it is to commit to remember to seek peace from Jesus every day – especially on the most busy and stressful of days when we think we don’t have time to pause.
As promised in my Proverbs 31 devotion today, I am giving away a signed copy of my new book Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace In Your Chaotic World – AND – as a special bonus – I’ll also include a copy of my one hour audio message called Staying Afloat In A Sea of Stress.
How cool would it be if a wave of God’s peace and rest began to wash over our country in a powerful way today?! By entering to win the book and CD, you’ll play a huge role in starting a powerful wave of peace flowing – and also, you might help someone who thought peace wasn’t possible – discover that it is.
To enter to win the book, just do the two quick things below:
1) Leave a brief comment expressing your commitment to pause and seek His peace for the new year, then
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Winner will be announced on Friday, January 25th here on my blog!
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