When you’re feeling all stressed out and no place to go, how do you handle that stress?

Ask God for truth and wisdom in your stressful situation.

Ask God what He wants to teach you through this situation or how He wants to change you. Ask for wisdom on how to develop endurance and patience, and on how to grow your faith when stress shows up uninvited. Learning how to cooperate with God on changing the things you can and accepting the things you can’t is a great principle for handling stress. Remember, also, as in Job’s situation (Job 1-42), that God may be using your stress (or distress) to teach you more about Himself and His character. When Job’s friends tried to foolishly explain Job’s temptations and losses and God’s part in it, and when Job, though he never turned away from God, had questions of his own, God enlightened them as to Who He really was—and to His magnificent power: Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:

“Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” Job 38:1-4 And in the next few chapters, Job simply listened as God revealed more of Himself to him.

There are times when we can and should ask God to remove the stressful condition. But there are other situations in which we need to add, “But if not or even if” times when God simply wants us to walk through it with Him. But in either event, we can trust God Who always, without fail, knows what is best for us, Who will bring good out of possible harm, and Who wants constantly to transform us into His own image.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for goodGenesis 50:20

 

Always be grateful for what God is doing in your stressful situation.

Thank God for the stress. Not all stress is bad.  God’s Word bears witness to that same truth: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” James 1:2-4

“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands” Psalm 119:143

Doctors and scientists agree that stress can motivate better production, increase immunity, and develop inner strength and endurance. But stress can also result in harmful, chronic issues if prolonged and handled the wrong way. It all depends on our choice.

 

Choose to be peaceful with yourself and your environment.

Learn to relax with deep breaths, and take a few moments, if possible, to walk away emotionally and mentally from your current stressful situation. Picture a peaceful place, maybe a favorite place you love, and let your mind travel there for a few moments. Identify and keep off peace stealers.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3. “Lord, I trust You, and I want to keep my thoughts tuned positively to You. I know You will give me peace in this situation.”

Let Jesus redress your stress and give you completely new garments. Here’s a beautiful promise in Isaiah that I believe God wants us to apply to our lives:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” Isaiah 61:1, 3.

 

Wear an attitude of humility, asking for help if necessary.

Sometimes your circumstances may involve more change than you feel you can handle. Ask God to help you find those who can show you better, more constructive ways to redress your stress and find joy (and sometimes sanity) in the midst of your distress. When we humble ourselves before God and others, He will lead us to Christian friends and/or counselors who can help.

That’s one of the reasons God gave us the body of Christ so that we could work together, mutually encouraging and building each other up in the Lord.

Share with me this powerful quotes/truths:

“If someone hands you a snake drop it.” (letting go of things you can’t change).

 “Every time you run into a difficult problem, it is God ringing your phone.”

 “Conflicts and problems are always about God wanting us to change.”

“The problem is never the problem. It is usually just a symptom or metaphor for the real problem.”

“God does His best work with us when we are in the ‘waiting room.’”

“God said you were worth suffering and dying for; that means you have great value.”

 

Prayer for any of us in stressful situation

 

Lord Jesus, visit our stressful situations. Help us to depend on You more and on ourselves less. Our own efforts often fail, but You walk with us and work through us in our distress. You also use those stressful situations we face, whether it’s a temptation, a struggle, a challenge, a loss of a loved one, or a change, to develop the kind of character we need; one that mirrors You more and more. How we need you, Lord! Thank You that You are willing to redress us in robes of righteousness and garments of praise as we turn to You in faith. Turn our stress into a good thing, Jesus and always, use it as a wake-up call to see You better and bigger and to love You and others more.