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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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October 12, 2011 - Stressed!

By Doug Clay

Feeling stressed?

Stress is a part of life and ministry. Whatever your task, I can guarantee you that, if you are effective in what you do, you will experience some level of stress.

I believe that stress, if managed properly, can give you a greater ability to achieve with greater effectiveness the things God has called you to do.

Think about a guitar. You have to apply stress on the strings in order to make a sound. If you “stress the strings” just right, it makes a beautiful sound. However, if you put too much stress on the strings, they’ll snap. So how do we manage stress appropriately?

It starts by learning how to release your frustrations to God.

Stress can produce a lot of negative and destructive emotions, like anxiety, fear, guilt, depression, etc. And, unfortunately, many people have a tendency to suppress those emotions rather than releasing them. Keeping everything inside is not healthy. It’s like shaking an open bottle of soda with your thumb over the opening. Something is bound to explode if the pressure isn’t released.

I think God wants us to be comfortable enough with Him that we can release our frustrations to Him. He understands our feelings. After all, He created our emotions.

Psalm 62:8 says, “Pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (NIV). That’s a great verse. God gives us permission to lay it all out to Him.

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



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