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Easing the Pressure of Everyday Stresses

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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Easing the Pressure of Everyday Stresses

Philippians 4:6--Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

My guess is that most of you could come up with a list of everyday stresses quite similar to the one I gave you in the last devotion. Endless waves of everyday pressure wear us down and pull us into a predictable sequence of events.

First, we try to accomplish too much-and end up neglecting our essential priorities. When people try to squeeze too many activities into 24 hours, something has to give. For many, it's our relationships with God, or the time we need to put into developing quality relationships with our mates and children.

Second, we aren't equipped to handle the communication and conflict problems we will inevitably encounter. Many Christians have mastered the art of appearing spiritual and happy on the outside. But once they enter their homes, they let down their guards and take out their frustrations on the people who mean the most to them.

Third, since we don't know how to deal with our relationship problems, we seek to escape from reality. We might do this by getting a job or spending more hours at work. Men can seek to escape through their pursuit of sports. Some women can escape by volunteer work. Others shop or escape to the movies, television or books.

All this puts more tension in our relationships, and eventually this leads to the ultimate escape: what I call "fantasy love." Most people who commit adultery do so to find the love and acceptance they once received from their mates.

The irony is that so many of us avoid taking the very step that would help solve our problems-prayer. After all, we have the Spirit of God living in us, available to give us the supernatural wisdom and power and peace we need to cope with whatever pressures we face (see Phil. 4:6,7). All we need to do is ask.

 

Prayer:

Spend time with your mate talking with God about the things that are causing pressures in your lives.
Discuss: What is causing pressure in your life? In what ways do you try to escape from this pressure?
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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Praise2
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Thank you for this great post.

Angellight626
by Group Owner on Jan. 18, 2010 at 10:12 PM

 Your welcome sweet sis!hugging

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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