Stress is an Outward Indication of an Inner Situation

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Stress is a universal epidemic which has created desperation for peace in the hearts, minds, and souls of people everywhere. The problems of today’s world can easily create a sense of secret panic in the heart of every American, regarding jobs, homes, marriage, child rearing, financial security, and the future.

And for most Christians, simply watching the news and helplessly witnessing what is happening to our country, and the moral decline that seems to be running rampant in every facet of America, is enough to stress anyone out.

As a result of all these varying factors that are often out of our control, millions of people are forced to wake up every morning and face overwhelming stressors, possibly feeling hopeless that life will improve, and totally inadequate and unequipped to make that happen. Although people have tried everything from massages to vacations and everything in between, many are overlooking the only real cure for stress – Jesus.

The statement on this graphic is not only the title of my devotion today in my Encouragement for Today devotion at Proverbs 31. Over the past severals years,  this truth has become the heartbeat of my existence.

As you can probably attest to as well, the last several years have caused more stress in my life than I thought was possible for one person to handle. Heartbreak. Divorce. Financial destruction and the fears that follow. Hurting families. Hurting children. Disappointment. Changing seasons of life. Pandemics. Politics.

You name it …. my heart has likely raced over it and my mind has lost sleep over it. If there is  one thing I’m good at doing – it’s worrying, fretting and stressing over life’s big and small problems.

But if there is one thing I have learned through it all – Jesus is the answer to every stressor and those keeping those seven words close to heart can be a literal life changer.

Although we think we are capable of handling life, and circumstances, on our own, we simply are not. Despite all the experience, training, skills or maturity we may possess,  we will constantly be faced with frustration and discouragement if we try to have authority over our lives, instead of surrendering to God’s authority and recognizing our need for His intervention and help.

Below are 5 simple tips you can jot down and put on your refrigerator or car dashboard to serve as daily reminders that peace is a heart situation that can be overcome, even a life situation feels makes you feel helpless and peace-less. Remember the tips but more importantly, try to memorize the verses. God’s truths are the soothing balm your heart needs to attain stress less living.

The miracle of a changed heart, a renewed perspective on life, and a reenergized faith are the only things that will lead to permanent peace.

1. Recognize your need for God. 
John 6:35  Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

2. Believe that He is capable of handling your life, and the problems within. 
2 Corinthians 9:8  “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have        everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

3. Remember you are chosen by God, and He wants to be in an intimate relationship with you.
1 Peter 2:9 “……  for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the        darkness into his wonderful light.”

4. Communicate with God as you go about your day and enjoy conversation with Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:17  “Never stop praying.”

5. Obey His Word. Allow His instructions to guide your behaviors and actions.
1 John 3:24 “Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with    them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.”

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93 Comments

  1. Sarah on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:20 am

    All the ministries I am currently involved with…that God shows me and reveals to me how he is calling me and qualifying me when I feel so unqualified.

    • Madison Caley Privette on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 3:30 am

      I’m a mother of 2 with a background of anxiety. My daughter’s are 9 and 1. My mother, sister, brother and myself all struggles with anxiety and depression. God pulled me from the shadows an now I’ve been reborn. Stress and anxiety still come on daily but I’ve learned to move forward and deal with it. If I don’t win it still feels nice to share my story and how the lord brought me through the storm.

  2. Kerri Bangert on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Giving into insecurities, then not being able to break out of the cycle of self doubt. Resulting in fighting against just shutting down and\or constant crying. Thank you for this devotional

    • Kim Ley on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:00 am

      I feel the very same way……………..kimberly ley

  3. Jay on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for the encouraging words.

    • Cherilyn Geislinger on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:56 am

      God is speaking to me through this. I’m in a very stressful situation with my teenage daughter. Thank you for allowing God to use you to help others.

      • Julie Loven on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 2:09 pm

        Parenting young adults is very stressful right now! Interested in reading your book.

    • Faye on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:54 am

      I just retired in December 2020 and 2 1/2 months later moved to another state with my husband, who is also retired. It was an extremely stressful move, downsizing by at least half (which actually is a really good thing.) But I’ve found myself in this negative, anxiety and depression filled life that I can’t seem to pull myself out of. Combine this with the stress of Covid, political and social unrest, all the hurt going on in our world right now. I love Jesus and keep crying out to Him for help and I’m in His Word daily, but I’m feeling stuck. Could really use prayers. Thank you.

      • Carol on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 12:35 pm

        Praying for you Faye. I’m in almost the exact same situation……retirement, difficult move, etc. What I thought would be a happy time in my life I’ve allowed to turn into misery. Together maybe we can cling to Jesus and the hope He gives.
        Carol

  4. Lessia on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:29 am

    All the cares of the world… family, health, children, government, and all the world destruction going on.

    • Rose on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      I’m right there with you. So much going on! Constant worry and stress.

  5. Patty Melvin on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:32 am

    There are so many uncertainties today. Asking God to help me with daily bread.

  6. Jean on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:32 am

    I am a pediatric nurse and work has been hell! Not enough help, over worked for the safety of the patients. Management not supportive! God is by my side every day! However so stressed and burnt out! I know God want me to help people he has given me that gift but I do not know how to be a light if so stressed!

    • Cindy on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 5:56 pm

      Praying for you, Jean, that you’ll know Jesus’ strong and faithful arms holding you up, as you care for others. I hear you and feel your burdens. May each new day be an adventure in discovering that He is true to His word – mighty in your midst to save, taking great delight in you, quieting you with His love, rejoicing over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17). Yes, these days can be heavy to carry – I’m getting ready to retire from ministry, probably needing to sell my house, having said goodbye to a dear mom and friend last year, unknown future, but God … Let’s hold on to Jesus together!

    • Anna on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      Prayed for you today Jean.

  7. Donna on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:33 am

    I would love to receive the book Stress Free Living. Your devotional described me and my stressful life very vividly. Even though I am now retired and have always been a Christian, involved with my church, financially secure, stable marriage, it seems that I have just as much stress if not more than when I juggled all these aspects of my life when working 40-plus hours a week !

    Thank you for your work to make this a more peaceful world.

  8. Joann on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:35 am

    My husband’s alcohol addiction.

  9. Myra Brantley on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Today is my daughter’s 40th birthday. I became a single mother with her birth and began experiencing stress and anxiety like I had never known. It was my senior year of college and I wouldn’t graduate. But my grandmother told me I was about to experience the greatest journey of a lifetime and I needed to allow God to lead me through. Every time the trials, tribulations, stress and heartache showed up, God was there. I didn’t always recognize His presence or rest in His peace but I do now. I’m looking forward to reading your book. For this season of my life it is required reading! 🥰 Your words have always found a place in my life to remind me of God’s promises and His never ending goodness. You have touched so many. Thank you for letting me be one of those. 🙏🏾

  10. Crystal on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I’m a new mom to a one year old. We tried to convince for years and this world is not what I imagined I’d bring a sweet precious innocent baby into. The world is a scary place. Your book sounds like such a great reminder that God is in charge, no matter how much things do or don’t make sense right now.

  11. Daughter on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Stressors? Marriage separation due to betrayal, depression, Unhealthy coping mechanisms, children with marital problems and possible divorce, a dysfunctional family business, Fractured family relationships, A Child in the military, personal Health issues, aging parents with health issues, the constant pressure of the pandemic, an empty nest, sorting through 50 years of my life preparing to sell a house and move, and the fear of the unknown. EVERY day, I remind myself and God of the promises in His Word. The scriptures, prayer, praise music, and the occasional counsel of wise people is all I’m hanging onto. I’m tired of waiting in the wilderness. I’m ready for the “new thing” springing up. I choose Jesus. I am seeking peace and trying to pursue it.

  12. Cassandra Westbrook on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:42 am

    My daughter with mental illness.

  13. Suzy Sitarski on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:45 am

    The situation American is in with its divided politics and conflicts regarding everything tends to stress me out. Thinking about all of the horrible situations going on around the world saddens me, but I get stressed out over not knowing what I can do to help. And, being new to this empty-nester living, worrying about my young adult offspring, is also a big stressor. I usually do turn to God in prayer when stressed, and immediately feel His peace. But, it’s an ongoing process as the worrying and stressed out thoughts keep returning. So, writing down your 5 tips will really help me, as will your book, because having something to reference again and again is necessary to combat the returning worries and anxiety. Thank you so much for these and for your wise and godly words!

  14. Kerry Smithwick on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Great daily devotion today! Yes, we are all learning to live with more stress than we ever thought we could possibly ensure – and we can not with Our Lord! The verse I hold near to my heart daily is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your way acknowledge Him, and He will set your paths straight!” Praise God! Blessings!!

  15. Patricia on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Living life on life’s terms

  16. Mary Sue Green on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:52 am

    I am in desperate need of your advice on how to lessen my incessant need to worry and handle everything. Thank you for allowing God’s word to hit home .

  17. Estelle Barnette on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Since my 23 year marriage fell apart due to infidelity over ten years ago, my life has been one stressful situation after another. I was thrust into a situation I did not choose, left with the weight of not only financially supporting myself and my last child at home, but the even heavier burden of emotionally supporting that child through a mental breakdown and severe mental illness that has for the past 10 years left him completely dependent on me. I praise the Lord that he is stable now, though still unable to work at 28 years old. I seek and find my peace in His word daily (and done times even hourly) however it is a continuous choice I need to make, otherwise the world and it’s troubles threaten to overwhelm me. Thank you for your ministry and I hope I am able to read your book.

  18. Irene on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:03 am

    What’s happening with our country and being helpless. Watching my mother go through a big life change that is very hard on her and seeing her cry, confused and overwhelmed.

  19. Cerrie Satterfield on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Death of a child, divorce, family,financial, the world. All of this has ne stressed to max. And I have tried massages, prescriptions, chiropractor etc

    • Sandy on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:12 am

      I too lost a child almost 3 years ago. I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry because the pain never really goes away. But God has been faithful for me & has always met me exactly where I am & has provided friends to encourage me & His word to show me I am not alone. I just encourage you to stay in His word and He will give you the strength you need for each day. 🙏🏻

  20. Lisa on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Thanks to your Proverbs 31 devotion today, I’m claiming the peace of Jesus to ease the stress in my life today! Have a blessed day!

  21. Christie Scholl on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:06 am

    What a perfect book for the times we’re in!

  22. Stefanie on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Two things. My brother had a stroke six months ago and is still in the hospital. Second, I worry about Covid. Especially with regard to carrying on in life. on the second day of school, I got a call from my daughters high school saying that she was a close contact to someone who tested positive for Covid. She is now in quarantine and will be for another week. She is doing her studies from home but I worry about when she goes back. What if she comes in contact with another person that has Covid? What if she gets Covid? I know that none of these things can be controlled or answered. I just have to trust God.

  23. Chelley on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:07 am

    My daughter has been having terrible panic attacks. She’s been working from home for a year now. It’s taking a toll on her. Her job is stressful and she feels she can’t escape, because her home is now her place of work. My heart breaks for her as I watch my vivacious girl be over taken with anxiety.

  24. Connie on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Good gracious, His timing. As I walk through crisis with friends, get back in school mode and hear updates from the issues in Afghanistan I asked my husband how hearing the updates could cause me a.stomach ache and feel so heavy and burdensome. That didn’t feel like it would be God’s desire. This was so helpful! Thank you 💜

  25. Anne on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Top of my list for today is that my kids are starting back to school today. I pray for their safety, their happiness and that someone is their friend today as well as they make good choices and they reach out to someone who needs a friend. The list goes on and on for anxiety today as I go through my family members…work…bills…to do lists, etc.—- thank you for this guide to help me put my anxieties to rest with Jesus!

  26. Rebecca Watts on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Caregiving and responsibilities that go along with caring for my aging parents.

    • Elma on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Enjoy reading your devotionals. Very encouraging.

  27. Trina on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I am stressed about my finances. I am unemployed looking for work.

  28. Amy Bratcher on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:21 am

    The thing that is stressing me out today is all the brokenness i see in this world…the situation in afghanistan, the chaos in our country, not to mention my own life troubles with my marriage struggling, and trying to raise my special needs son to the best of my ability….its all so sad to me and breaks my heart…ive cried so much over all this brokenness…all i feel i can do is cry out to jesus to help put all these broken people together again…

  29. Reg Miglore on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:22 am

    My kids are in college. One announced that he’s planning on moving in with his girlfriend after graduation. I saw a vape pen in the other child’s dorm room while moving her in. I’ve been a stay at home mom and now have an empty nest. Am I done raising them?

  30. Marie on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:36 am

    My marriage falling apart from adultery and addiction. Lack of money to support my household. My children having to witness all the anger and hatred

  31. LeNelle Theresa Coves on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I keep coming to the same conclusion as well: seek Jesus first for my answers to live in peace more often.
    Also, I will focus on remembering that He “will guard my heart and mind”. Stress can make people feel hopeless and that they do not have any control over their life, but they do…through Jesus. Stress can also start to harden a person’s heart. I became aware of how stress was beginning to negatively affect my interactions with people, so with God guarding my heart, this brings more joy and peace to my life. Loving others is what God commands us to do, not just for others’ benefit, but for ourselves, too.

  32. Heidi on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:37 am

    My world has been turned upside down right now. My son is in the middle of an ugly divorce. I’m watching the children before and after school and soon they will all move into our small house. My husbands business and my job were affected greatly by Covid and continue to be so. My Mother in Law was recently diagnosed with end stage Alzheimer’s.
    I am a woman of strong faith but often am weary of the stress of it all. Mixed with the burdens, I recognize God is at work and he has blessed us with a large healthy family including 8 grandchildren. I know God is faithful and am holding to that.

  33. Glenda Duncan on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:39 am

    It seems as though everything stresses me out lately. Dealing with anxiety. I can’t watch the news anymore.

  34. Paige on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for listening to the Lord’s calling. I needed to hear this. I am recovering from COVID ans my husband is still dealing with pneumonia from COVID and is struggling to get better. We have a son who is living in sin with his girlfriend and she is trying to pull him into believing he is not a man and getting him to believe he is “non-binary” he was not raised to be or believe this way. Please pray his eyes will be opened and return to the Lord. I am also struggling with the need to quit my job of 11 years due to the environment becoming so toxic and ruining my mental and physical health. This will put us in a huge financial bind but I want to live to see my grandchildren and be a part of their lives and I don’t think that will happen if I stay much longer. Please pray as I work through this situation of leaving this chapter in my life and give me peace the Lord will provide.

  35. Janice on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Concern for the lives of our grown children and grandkids children. Plans that have kept changing all summer long because of unforeseen circumstances, and now summer is nearly over!

  36. Christina W. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Caregiving for my Mom. She prefers that I don’t work outside of the house and truly I need to be home to fix meals and be available to help with personal care if she needs me. So, I’m also trying to start a network/social marketing business and… I’m kinda not doing so well with it. 🙂 I feel like I’m drowning…in all areas of my life.

    I refuse to listen to the news because it is just so negative and I’m not trying to add to my stress. There isn’t anything I can personally do about anything in the political arena anyway. I just keep praying.

  37. Melanie Fierro on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:45 am

    The one thing that stresses me out the most these days is the NEWS and the corruption in our government. All these things lead to fear and anxiety and bring on hopelessness, Our only hope is in JESUS he is our Deliverer Our hope, our Peace and comforter, he is everything we need. My husband and I are taking courses to become mental health coaches for our church and I am building resources for this ministry. Looking forward to reading this book.

  38. Amy on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Kids going back to school and balancing their schedules and work and ministry at church. Worry about son starting kindergarten

  39. Pam Schlegel on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:52 am

    THANK YOU God for this devotion & encouraging words from Tracie!! I am dealing with major relationship issues with my husband and 2 teenage children

  40. Jeunai on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Over the last year or so my stress has been so bad. I worry about everything more & feel paralyzed by stress some days. I loose sleep over worry too. With 4 girls I worry I’m not making the best decisions for them all the time. We also are wanting to move but waiting on permits so it’s stressful to wait. Praying for peace! Would love this book!

  41. Rachel on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:58 am

    My relationship and trying to figure out what’s best for my daughter.

  42. Kim Ley on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Over the past year I just do not feel like I fit in anywhere. Since I have turned 60 something I have had a lot of anxiety of where my place is in this world. I don’t like it…..

    • Meg on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      I, too, am wondering where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do next. Llife is at a crossroad for me. Let’s believe that God has a plan for us. We don’t always have to know what it is until He feels we are ready. Hang in there!

  43. Linda Hunsicker on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:22 am

    my health has me stressed …..and of course, that stress affects my health – the vicious cycle! add onto that the stress of this world we live in and you have the weight of tons on your shoulders – I have been and will continue to ask God for His peace that passeth all understanding

  44. April on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Congratulations on releasing a book we all can benefit from reading! I have faced the emotional, mental AND physical implications of stress. By giving it all to Jesus, we find healing in every way and discover an indescribable peace. As the Holy Spirit has told me throughout the troubles our world faces today: “Look to me, for I hold your future and I hold you.” I feel in my spirit that someone else reading this today needs to hear and meditate on these words. Be blessed.

  45. Millie Forbidussi on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:38 am

    I look forward to your newly revised book. I badly want to embrace the peace Jesus offers me. I am an anxiety addict and worry over everything which is in direct conflict to what God wants for us and what Jesus tells us In scripture. Job loss, death of both parents, empty nest syndrome, worry and anxiety of my own health has really caused me to become a stressed person. God doesn’t want this for me so I am grateful for your writings as I always glean something useful. Thank you!

  46. M on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:42 am

    We’ve just moved back home after a house fire, so trying to get situated is giving me major stress. This, while sending my 2 oldest off to college. Our life just seems so upended. Everyone keeps saying, “isn’t it great to be home?” Not really, when there are boxes everywhere and not much help to deal with them.

  47. Sandy on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for this devotional. So many of us needed to be reminded of Gods faithfulness. Also we need to encourage each other to stay in His Word and listen to praise music and seek Him more than social media or the news or the latest posts. May God continue to bless you!

  48. Caitlin on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Health things, my kiddos, and the state of the world.

  49. Kimberly on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Finances/money/debt and providing for my family. Going back to work in person.

  50. Marlene Borchardt on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:43 am

    I am stressed over on going health issues, my grandchildren facing another year of masks at school, my children not walking with the Lord and the moral decline and lack of common sense in our nation and the world.

  51. Pamela on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    One year ago, the relationship with my best friend ended. I’ve done a lot of healing and forgiving since then, but waves of confusion continue to flood over me periodically. We’re about to face an entire baseball season with the kids where I will be seeing her, and it will create in both of us an anxiety where we’re not our normal selves. I pray for forgiveness, peace, and a restoration that will allow our families to move on, to at least not feel the pain and anxiety when we run into each other.

  52. Tom Geiselhardt DVM on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    I have been so lost the past 6 months as my wife undergoes chemotherapy.
    Life seems to go in circles and I make the same mistakes over and over it just multiplies the normal stresses I have to deal with.

  53. Lisa Waller on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Having two adult boys just starting to make their own way in today’s world, and encountering the obstacles and temptations that come with adulthood.

  54. Nancy on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    My husband passed 8 yrs. ago. My two grown sons are still dependent on me and have had drug issues, I depend on Jesus to get me through the stress but still feel so alone sometimes. My sons are improving , but still have a long way to go. I long for them to know Jesus like I do. Their faith is not what it used to be. I try to let go of stress and release my worries to God, but it is a constant battle… I have that need to “make things better”, but know I can’t… only God can. I have to focus on all the good gifts He gives me daily, my good friends, church and fellowship with other believers. It’s hard being alone, no one to hug.

  55. Sherry on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Sandwich generation! Caring for elderly mother after death of father while helping the children as they go out into the world. Well, one went out into the world, and further than I have liked, but the other is still in my house…don’t know which is better.😉

  56. Jen L. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Fear, anxiety, and stress over all the restrictions and loss of liberties in the past year and a half. I hardly go anywhere anymore, except for church, because I just can’t handle the way people are so mean.

  57. Rose on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Right now I am most stressed about some health problems. I have an upcoming surgery that I’m nervous about. Also, COVID has caused me to have high anxiety and not get the medical treatment I need because of restrictions and drs rushing to judgement due to the prevalence of COVID.

  58. Joanne Hrdlicka on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    My body has been in almost constant pain with fibromyalgia for the past 12 years and I know stress makes it hurt even worse. But, I don’t live in Heaven yet. I have to keep on reminding myself that this life, this tiny little clip of eternity, will not last forever and that God is Good. He is always with me. I am able to find Peace in that knowledge; until the ‘world’ starts to shake me again. I’m looking forward to receiving your blog, Tracie. Thank you for helping us all.

  59. Diane on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Everything!! Jesus is the answer, he is my only hope!

  60. Stephanie Rigney on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    My biggest anxieties came when I discovered that my grandson was sick with the Covid variant. My entire family was there on vacation and I needed to isolate him and tell his friend. I tried so hard, praying and giving it to God, but I couldn’t shake it! Then 4 days later I got it—and I was vaccinated in June! How could this be happening?? Where is this going, I thought. Will the rest of my family get it?? Would I be able to keep everyone safe? At one point I believed that this was the end. I wasn’t going to survive it. I went into hallucinations at night—running for my life in each one. I would look awake, but I was dreaming and trying to stay alive. After 6 days I went to the ER and was admitted for pneumonia. Even there, there was no lasting hope for a recovery. I felt my body succumbing to the virus. Then I got word my family had come down with it! I was so heartbroken and depressed. Had God abandoned me?? Why would He do that? Did I bring this on myself with all my anxiety? Honestly, I just gave up. Then I heard a question in my head. Did you forget? I told God, “I trust You” and I repented for my lack of faith. That night a huge cloud formation sat on top of the roof of the building outside my window. As I watched it, I could hear in my head, I was not abandoned. I started to cry as I realized how I had lost my faith. I praised Him all night until I fell asleep. That next day I was able to go home. Still recovering but in another dream at home I felt someone rub their hands down my sides where my lungs are—startled and frightened I awoke. But I realized I had been hallucinating and yet wonder today if it was an angel! God led me to study Obadiah and Jame 1, to start and I am learning that the duality of trying to live in the flesh and walk in the Spirit are contradictory. I thank God for teaching me and leading me. I know what He was doing. And to think that God had abandoned me convicts me to hold fast to my faith.

  61. Julie on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for these encouraging words. They came on a day when I could definitely use them. Dealing with co-workers who try to sabotage our teams work on a daily basis is very trying and I need more centered ways of handling it!

  62. Melissa on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    The changing season of my life is what is stressing me out the most. My sons are leaving the nest, I have gone back to school to become a nurse and am in my first nursing job during this crazy time, and healing from my divorce. This is a great reminder to trust the Lord rather than try to figure everything out on my own!!

  63. Jeri Polley on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    My husband and I have moved to Evans, CO after my health suffered in central TX over 30+ years (ongoing sinus infections & bronchitis). Now that I’m feeling well again (I do MJUCH better in a high, dry climate), we are near my Mom, who has had 3 different hospitalizations with CDIFF since Dec (We almost lost her), my 33 year old son has told me he doesn’t want me in his life, we have an ongoing conflict with our younger son, who has chosen the gay lifestyle, and both of my knees have deteriorated/worn out (I’ve had problems with them over 11 years), and I’m looking at both knees being replaced next Monday (Aug 31st). It’s just too much!! I’ve been reading about Paul’s struggles, & it makes me feel weaker & more of a failure, than helping. I truly don’t know if I can handle this upcoming surgery (I’ve had many before & know pain very well), but I literally have no choice as I can barely walk anymore. Oh, how I need a touch from God & some encouragement!!

  64. Kelly on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    So many things are on my mind. Like health finances and relationships. I’ve had to reduce how much news I read. The worlds problems can be too much.

  65. Kim on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Taking care of my mom and her failing health, my 21 ye old son with Asperger’s, my college freshman son, and my daughter who just started at a new high school where she doesn’t know anyone. I am so overwhelmed with stress and anxiety that I can barely function. I cry out to God but I don’t feel any peace. I try to remember He is with me, but why doesn’t He do anything about all this? I feel alone and broken.

  66. Lindsay Abong on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    The problems of a fallen world weigh on me heavily. I am a counselor and sometimes the hurts my clients have experienced are a lot to bear, especially on top of the stresses of working full-time, raising young children, trying to be a good wife and making time for God. I often feel like I am falling short in all areas. J appreciate your message though and the reminder that God will equip and strengthen me in all that He has planned for me if only I ask Him to.

  67. Elsie on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks for writing this book in God’s perfect timing. I liked your 5 tips about dealing with stress. I am just thinking that I bring stress on myself. I need to keep my focus on hope whose name is Jesus Christ. Thank You, Lord for being with me every step of the way when I am too stressed even if it is that You are the footprints in the sand.

  68. Kathie on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Every morning I wake up not looking forward to the day. I want to be strong for my family but sometimes I feel as though I am crumbling. I know God is on control, but as a mom I always want to help them be happy. And being a grandmother adds another layer.

  69. Amy Simmons on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Your devotion from Proverbs 31 Ministries was exactly what I needed to read today! The start of the school year and an upcoming trip have me stressed out.

  70. Gigi on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Really need to read this book!

  71. Brenda Way on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 4:12 am

    I really need to read and apply this book. I suffer with stress and anxiety over my health. I have scoliosis and osteoporosis. I can’t get my housework done and we need a smaller home to tend to. Thank you for this offer.

  72. Miriam McKinstry on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Our oldest sons choices & lifestyle right now cause much stress and anxiety in me. Seeing him not being & living who I know God created him to be, is truly heartbreaking. I must keep my eyes on Christ & claim the truths that God says & knows about my son. This book sounds amazing & like a much needed tool for this mom’s heart & mind.

  73. Shannon on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Everything unfortunately. So trying to trust God

    • Robin on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 9:34 am

      Life. Struggling with health issues, aging parents. Lost my focus and desperately need to get back on track. God has been so good to me, why am I questioning so much.

  74. Chelsea on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve recently been under a lot of stress, and it’s really been a whole list of things. The biggest thing in my life right now is that I’m a single mom and running a daycare out of my home and that is very tiring and stressful. And I’m already stressed about when my boys go back to school and managing the different schedules and logistics of my kids as well as my daycare children. I definitely feel spread thin having to handle it all on my own. I’m also under some financial stress currently to add to it. So those are just a few things that have been giving me a weary heart these days. I haven’t felt close to God in a long time and haven’t been back to church since before the pandemic. I’m also an introverted homebody and don’t really leave my home for much and don’t hang out with ppl, so I feel very isolated and alone and spiritually empty. I know that only Jesus can give me the peace and relief I so desperately need right now, and I so badly want to reconnect with Him and get myself back on track spiritually.

  75. Kimberly on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Parenting rising middle school children and finding the time to be present with all four of my children and husband while juggling a high demand job. Just learning to take that breath and understand He opened this door for me so He will be there for me to lean on when I need help!

  76. Jayne on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 10:59 am

    So much in the world to be anxious about these days…. Too many things to count!!

  77. Keeley T on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 9:46 am

    3 weeks before my recent surgery I was diagnosed with MS. I know God is in control but as I tread through the minefield of information about my condition and recommended treatments I struggle to keep my eyes and mind focused on Him.

  78. Keeley on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 9:47 am

    3 weeks before my recent surgery I was diagnosed with MS. I know God is in control but as I tread through the minefield of information about my condition and recommended treatments I struggle to keep my eyes and mind focused on Him.

  79. Sandra on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    We definitely all need encouragement from the Lord. May we all turn to Him.

  80. Nicole scott on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Navigating life with a 3 year old and 11 month old, working full time and trying to sustain a good healthy marriage and friendships. Stressful but these words are so true!!

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