Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DAILY DEVO...got stress?

Got stress in your life?

Most of us do. Stress can be a part of our daily lives, but what do we do with it?

Most of us carry our load of stress around like a backpack. The weight of it weighs heavy on us. Most of us cannot just unload our stress backpack and lay it down. Stress seemingly is woven in us like a seam in fabric; it lurks somewhere beneath our skin, usually appearing as a knot between our shoulder blades or a constant thumping between our eye sockets. Stress keeps us up at night, it changes our eating habits, it makes us ill and it steals our joy.

Stress can press in on us from all sides, but Jesus has a Word for us about what to do with our stress...

"Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

Are you wondering how you can lighten your load of worry and stress? Changing your circumstances may work but changing your attitude and changing WHO you unload to will bring the best results.

When I'm stressed out to the max, unloading to the wrong person often leaves me feeling more stressed than before. The answer to our stress is found in Matthew 11..."Come to Me!"

Having stress in our life is absolutely unavoidable. If you have kids; you will have stress. If you have a spouse; you will have stress. If you have a job; you will have stress. If you are a student; you will have stress. If you are breathing; you WILL have stress! Even God said in this life we will have trials and tribulations. Having stress and problems IS NOT the issue; the real issue is, how will we handle it?

Stress and trials will either break us or strengthen us...what are you doing with your stress?

Take it to God - His shoulders are the strongest and He will carry your backpack for you!