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I’m so glad you’ve chosen to share a few minutes of your day with me.
Over at Encouragement for Today, I’m sharing a candid story about one of my grocery-trip-gone-wrong excursions.
It’s just another transparent truth of how I can let the pressures of life mess with me sometimes. In my devo, I mentioned that many times it’s the pressure I put on myself that gets me in trouble. You too? I’m not surprised.
This seems to be a common topic whenever I’m with my friends. We start talking about how busy we are and all we’re doing. Then inevitably someone says they feel guity for not being able to do more. We all shake our heads and agree.
Why do we do that? Why do we expect more out of ourselves than anyone else expects from us?
That kind of internal pressure heaps more emotional weight than we were created to carry and it zaps the peace right out of us.
I’m learning that in order to deal with the pressures of life and remain peace-filled in the process, I have to be willing to pause and ask myself these 3 questions:
1. Is it my responsibility to fix this problem or someone else’s responsibility?
2. Is this an expectation I’m placing on myself or an expectation someone else is placing on me?
3. Is this God’s assignment for me today or an assignment I’ve created on my own.
As I pray through these questions, I ask God to show me the answers. Sometimes a Scripture verse will come to mind and as I meditate on it the self-induced pressure starts to slowly fade as God’s peace settles over my heart.
Although my situation doesn’t instantly change, the way I perceive it definitely does. God’s truth helps me put things into perspective and identify the trigger that’s creating the stress I’m experiencing.
Here’s an example of one of those verses:
“May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of Him and Jesus our Lord.”2 Peter 1:2, NLT)
As we take our stressful situations and line them up next to the truth of God’s Word, we discover God’s grace and goodness extends wider and farther than whatever we’re facing.
As we invite God to be a part of this process, He will reassure us that no matter what we’re facing we are not alone.
God is more than willing to help you navigate through every situation you come across today – regardless of how big or small.
Allow God’s peace to replace the stress you’re under and remove the pressure that’s robbing you of His joy today.
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