Friday, February 27, 2009

Handling the stresses of life...

Well what else could I possibly add to my life plate? I had one daughter get engaged last November with a June 20th wedding, I took on a new church ministry and moved across the country at the end of December/1st part of January along with all the stresses of finding a place to live (only by pictures emailed to me), moving & unpacking, learning a new church system with a new staff, getting my active boys settled into school, and now I have another daughter engaged with the prospects of a July wedding within a few weeks of the first one!
Such is the story of my life, lots of change and excitment. Some people might have a hard time and would feel overwhelmed with all this stuff and I would too if it were not for an amazing passage of Scripture I memorized years ago. Philippians 4:6-7 says "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
That's my secret, its not that I'm just Mr. Cool and I have icewater running through my veins. I am a major control freak and yet the Lord constantly puts me in situations where I am not in control. But I have found that by meditating on these verses and as I carry the stresses of my life to the Lord in earnest prayer with a thankful heart, the peace of God really does settle on me and I'm reminded of my God's perfect track record of faithfulness. God's peace really does guard my heart and my mind where those feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed out come from, through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And that boys and girls is how I handle the stresses of life.

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