Stress. It’s something I’m finally admitting I have a lot of in my life. Over the last few months the Lord has been convicting me and challenging me on my perspective and the way I handle stress, fear and anxiety – aka things out of my control. I’ve compiled a short list of some of the truths I either pray, or repeat to myself till they sink in. I pray they bless and challenge you as well.
Stress and anxiety only have a hold over us if we let ourselves live under their lies.
- Go to the root. What’s my key fear here causing my stress? Do I have a reason to be stressed?
- If I fear or worry about something, then I do not truly believe that God is good.
- If I’m stressed, who is on the throne of my heart?
- Anxiety/stress/ fear mean that I am under the delusion that I am in control. Control means I think I’ve got it. There is no room for grace in a situation where the foundation is pride.
- It is not ‘it is what it is’. It is what He says it is, and what He says is, is.
- All is well in Jesus name (repeat this truth as often as needed!)
- Fear is not from the Lord. Grace and peace are. I’m either abiding in Christ or I am not.
- Fear/anxiety/stress are warning flags that I need to run to the Lord, not guilt points to trip over.
- Thanksgiving is a perspective changer. What can I be thankful for? What is my focus on?
10. There are no good days, there are no bad days, there are only days of grace.
Fear/stress/anxiety are not based in circumstances but perspective. It all comes down to perspective. God is who He says He is – will I choose to align myself with Him today? Stress cannot stand in His presence and neither can I, it’s only with a bended knee can we receive the grace to rise above the circumstance and gain the perspective we need for peace.
Today’s Tidbit of Truth: Circumstances do not create stress, a wrong perspective does.