Don’t Allow Stress to Steal Your JOY

Money on my mind lately. Career. School. Needs. Wants. Future. Housing. It’s a lot. I think money, or the lack of it, or the fear of the lack of it, is a worry on many minds. It hurts to spend many hours away from family, for little in return. Many people my age are trying to work in the “gig economy”, trying to maintain some freedom and do what they enjoy. With children, there is not always a choice about what to do but we keep striving for that perfect job or situation where we can be happy and provide for our family. But the stress, it can literally kill you! Stress has been shown to be WORSE than cigarettes. It lowers your immune system, taxes your heart. And for the spirit, it kills faith and turns your focus to the worldly needs we have. It steals JOY. It robs us of loving relationships, marriages fall under the stress and the blame game. So, I am making an effort to breath, keep going one foot in front of the other one, knowing that the right path leads to the right things if only I don’t step aside. Every night I pray with my children “give us this day, our daily bread”. Just for *that* day! I leave you with the words of the wisest one, the King of Kings; Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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