Years ago, I worked at an outpatient mental health center. Crises and psychiatric emergencies were common. It was a fast paced environment that called for quick interventions. Needless to say, it could be a stressful environment, and we all had our own way of coping. I remember one office had a stress-reduction sign hanging on the wall which read, "Bang Head Here". The best way of reducing stress? No, of course not. But the point is, we all have a natural way of coping with stress. It may be logic, reasoning, wittiness, "liquid" coping, "retail therapy", commiserating, denial, avoidance, etc. Generally, most of our self-devised plans to reduce stress do not work or do not last. Would you agree?
So, what do you do when you are at your wit's end? When your best efforts are not working? When things are getting worse instead of better? When you cannot see the forest for the trees? When you feel like you are encapsulated in the whirlwind? When there is seemingly no way out--no light at the end of the tunnel?
There is a key to stress-free living. Are you interested?
The key is to turn the stressful matter over to God and ask Him for help! It's that simple. Yet the challenge for us is humbling ourselves to ask for help and to receive help. By simply coming to a place of humility and accepting the truth that we do not have all of the answers--but knowing Who (The Lord) does--we are poised to transition from "stress-out" to "stress-free"!
If stress is plaguing you. If there is a financial need, a habit you cannot break, self-destructive behaviors/tendencies, a difficult child, a troubled marriage, a health issue, a problem with a family member or loved one--give the concern to the Lord. He is omniscient--He knows all things and is equipped with solutions. He will supernaturally download insight, wisdom, and solutions to you. Don't allow stress to rob you of another precious moment.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank you that you are very concerned about the stress I am feeling and carrying. I come before you confessing that I need your help. I do not know what to do. I am at my wit's end. I need your wisdom, your insight, your solutions and answers.
I give _________________, the source of stress to you. I pray for wisdom concerning this area. I thank your for answers and solutions. I thank you that as I give you my area(s) of stress and concern, you are filling me with unusual peace, rest, and joy. I receive them now, gifts from You. Amen, and so be it according to your Word.