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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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March 25, 2013 - Lord, We're Going To Drown!

By Scott McChrystal

"The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We're going to drown!'" (Matthew 8:25, NIV).

Stress is real, and it can come from an almost unlimited number of sources. Everyone experiences stress and its effects. Some forms of stress are beneficial; but others can be very harmful, even fatal.

The starting point for dealing effectively with stress is to acknowledge it. Ironically, some people deny its reality. They believe admitting to being stressed is a sign of weakness.

There are two problems with this rationale. First, denying the existence of stress is to deny the truth. Second, avoiding this truth hinders one's ability to cope with stress in healthy ways. How can you solve a problem unless you admit its existence?

As this verse plainly indicates, the disciples were stressed. They were in a boat at night on the Sea of Galilee when a fierce storm suddenly arose. Although some of the disciples were professional fishermen, even they feared for their lives.

But look what happened. As they admitted their fear to themselves and to the Lord, Jesus calmed the storm and their fears.

Stressed? Talk to the Lord — and be honest.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 4.

 

 

 

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