August 20, 2017

Stressbusters: Quotes and Solutions


 “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.’”—Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

You say nothing is happening when you want it, or how you want it? You don’t feel like you have control over anything or anyone? In that case, you can join the club, which probably has billions of members.

Pressure is part of most peoples’ lives. Some of us can feel buried 6-feet under the ground by it. Let’s explore this crucial topic and look at some solutions:

Quotes about Stress

“Are you worshipping your circumstances, or are you worshipping your God?”--Joel Osteen
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“Real stress is not what’s going on around us; it’s what’s going on within us.”--Joel Osteen (emphasis mine)
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“If you are stressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”-- Marcus Aerelius

Why shouldn’t we worry about what’s going on?

Circumstances can’t always be trusted. We don’t always have the full truth in many things:

Dreams—I often dream about these situations:
  • Flunking out of high school (I graduated decades ago.)
  • Being chased by dystopian monsters
  • Flying under my own power to get away from enemies who are trying to start World War II
A professional dream analyzer would have a heyday with the above scenarios. There’s probably a lot of hidden symbolism I don’t want to know about. Some people might even admire the appropriately trendy nature of the events. lol. Nevertheless, the dreams don’t paint an accurate picture of my current life. 
The news—The media can be selective in the information they give out. They frequently share only part of a video or story. Yes, bad things happen—all the time—but one must dig deep to find the full truth.

Relationships—It’s easy to make assumptions. Our responses can be colored by volatile emotions: anger, fatigue, sorrow, pain, and so forth. Some people are especially prone to knee-jerk responses. They may analyze a given conversation in a negative manner right away; that interpretation may be completely faulty.

How can we ease our fears?

“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”—Todo

Anxiety is a present concern for many. An article at gotquestions.org provides some tips:
  • Get rid of guilt.
  • Forgive.
  • Be quiet/rest… Jesus was quiet in Gethsemane, except for praying. He didn’t defend himself before Pilate. In addition, he only spoke a total of 51 words on the cross, which would have taken about two to three minutes.
  • Pray.

My Conclusion

”So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”—Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

A person can stress themselves out when they expect every situation to be logical and controllable; believe me, I know! Individuals frequently create their own turbulence of doubt and fear.

We can’t hear God in the storm; he speaks in a still, small voice. Therefore, a person at peace, even amid the tumult, will be more likely to receive divine help.

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What solutions for stress have you discovered?