How is your busy life going? Does it cause you to stress over things? I have discovered that stress is rooted in fear as I am not trusting God to accomplish what needs to be done. There are times when my life seems to be all about activity, doing accomplishing things and then times of rest and relaxation. I find the times of activity bring me the greatest stress, and I often feel overwhelmed by everything I am facing or need to accomplish. On those days that I know will be very taxing, I pray for God to multiply my time and energy. Another way to say this is Time Management for both activities and energy. God has always been faithful to do this for me. At the end of the day I look back and can praise Him for all that He has done through me that day.
How can I live fearlessly and know that God will faithfully energize me and multiply my time? What assurances do I have from God’s word? Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (NIV) The first step in being assured is to ask God. Lay out your day before Him and ask for strength, guidance, energy, multiplied time, good decisions in using the time give, etc. Once you have laid the problems at Jesus feet, you need to believe He will answer you. James 1:6 a “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt,” and 1John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” (NIV) God is good and wants me to accomplish things for Him. When I ask for strength, guidance, energy and time management, those are things He will freely give me so that I can do His work. The key to this is to remember to pray and give it to God. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Be joyful; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I pray these are words of encouragement to you and will help you ‘de-stress’ your life this week.