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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 10, 2010 - Stress Busters

By Doug Clay

Stress is a part of life. We all experience certain levels of stress at various times in our lives. So the issue is not trying to live a stress-free life but learning how to proactively deal with stress when it comes.

I think back to a recent month that was one of those “high-level” stress times in my life. A hectic schedule; budget preparations; leadership transitions; and three fillings in one dentist visit — these are just a few of the circumstances that have added extra amounts of stress.

I found myself saying, “OK, Lord, it can lighten up a little bit here … PLEASE!”

As soon as I said that, I sensed the whisper of the Holy Spirit reminding me that stress, if I manage it right, can be an opportunity to cast my cares on Him and to watch His strength become perfect in my weakness.

Think about it ...

Stress, if gone unchecked, can produce incredible worries, but the Word says:

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27, NIV).

Stress, if not processed carefully, can exaggerate things, but the Word says:

“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you” (2 Timothy 4:5, NLT).

Stress, if not handled in context, can create fear about the future, but the Word says:

“I replied, ‘But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward’ ” (Isaiah 49:4).

Stress, if not harnessed, can cause us to say things we regret, but the Word says:

“Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction” (Proverbs 18:20).

We will probably never achieve a stress-free life on this side of heaven, but thankfully we do have God’s Word that anchors our emotions and provides a bright light on our path!

Make a great day!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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