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Tag Archives: dealing with stress
I don’t know about you but natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes give me a heightened awareness of how helpless we are as humans.
This past weekend we had serious flooding in our area creating an emergency disaster situation for many. The incessant rain and thunder stirred all those feelings of vulnerability, fear and powerlessness. These normal feelings cause us to reach out to a power great than ourselves and for me the turbulence caused me to turn to God.
This week, a local fitness center, Crossfit Siloam has a special called, “Kill a Friend” (LOL) and they’re offering free classes.
As I grow older, I’m intentional about doing the things that renew and protect my health. Some of you may know about the green smoothies, gluten and sugar free diet and Young Living Essential oils I use that have changed my life and health for the better in the last couple of years.
Though I walk for exercise, I decided that I need to get my body stronger so I decided to try Crossfit. An encouraging, cheerful young man greeted me and had me squat down, put out my hands. “Now get up.”
One of the reasons I love guest teaching is because I get to go back to school and learn everything I didn’t appreciate when I was in school. LOL!
Yesterday, I taught 7th and 8th grade science and enjoyed refreshing my knowledge about erosion and the effects of it.
The creative shapes of many of our rock formations caused by erosion intrigue me.
If you want to take a moment to enjoy nature’s art, you can enjoy these photos.
Negative happenings in our lives, dealing with stress and the everyday things that wear us down can make us feel discouraged or irritated. However, something beautiful be created in us because of them.
Today I felt totally stressed out. I have a great opportunity to speak to share my program, “Why and How to Write Your Story,” The speaking event is a good opportunity to educate, empower and equip others to write their stories.
I have a lot to do to get ready for it and many decisions to make which make me feel a lot of pressure because I want to do it right. In the midst of thinking all these issues through, I had a sudden craving for chocolate. 🙂 I’m health conscious so I’ve purchased raw cocoa because of it’s superior health benefits and came up with my own variation of a raw chocolate recipe.
Today, I had a lot to do. I walked by my watercolors. My heart longed to stop and enjoy them. Most of the time I walk on because it takes time to get everything out and then put it away. Because of other demands with my work, those creative urges get repressed and leave an an unfulfilled longing.
However, today I decided to apply the 15 minute principle. I pulled out my little travel case of watercolors and sat down and began to play with them. I have taken drawing and watercolor classes before but set those on the shelf for years. Recently, I started going to a watercolor class again.
Birds chirping. Wind gently stirring in the trees. Rich green everywhere I look. This is the nature walk I frequently enjoy along a creek that runs by our house. When I walk far enough down the road into a secluded section, the path becomes more wooded with trees lining both sides of the road.
When I used to walk, I’d often take my iPhone with me to listen to books while I walk. This made my walk for exercise pass more quickly. I felt more productive since I could absorb wisdom and knowledge from the books at the same time on my walk.
“What is your name?” She smiled at me as I sat down my plate at the table to eat my lunch. I glanced over to the booth next to me and saw an elderly woman smiling at me.
“My name is Sharon,” I walked over to her booth thinking she must know me.
“My name is Marilyn,” she smiled at me. I realized when I arrived over there that I didn’t know her but to be gracious I went along with her.
“Good to see you!”
“I used to own a dress shop downtown so that must be where I know you from.”
Do you have the freedom to accept yourself and express your feelings of stress or distress?
In some cultures, it’s not considered acceptable to express feelings of deep distress or grief. The result is that we often suppress these feelings or think there is something wrong with us.
However, David the Psalmist frequently referred to his distress or grief and anguish. By doing so, he frees us to be human. When things are not going well in the family, at work, or some other distressing life situation, David gives us permission to express those feelings, if not publicly, at least before the Lord.
Would you like better health, more provision, less stress, or improved relationships? Do you wish you could find hope, create something new, or reverse a bad situation into something good? Do you worry about the way the world is going?
If so, read on ~
God as Creator grabbed my attention in a fresh new way this new year. In my Reading Through the Bible Facebook group, we read Genesis 1 today. I’m struck by how God created something out of nothing.
There was no form to the earth.
God does not need you sick, weak and poor to keep you dependent on Him.
This belief system is a lie perpetuated by the enemy of your soul who wants to steal, kill and destroy you.
Instead God comes to you when you’re sick, weak and poor to heal, strengthen and prosper you.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10