springboard for stress

A Springboard for Stressful Moments

Welcome back, friends! I have a couple of announcements, but before I get to that I’m sharing a tip that will act like a springboard to take you out of stressful moments.

If we had a “stress pressure” cuff like we have a blood pressure cuff, some of us might find we have “high stress pressure.” Some days, stress levels just go through the roof. Sometimes sleep and time with God get replaced or short-changed while trying to accomplish what we need to do that is unique to our life season. Add family or relationship problems, too much on the calendar, and maybe even some sniffles, and we are “in the red.”

But there’s a verse I’ve read a million times that I am looking at through a new lens. I think being thankful is a balm for anxiety. Check out this verse:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV

Philippians 4:6

The counsel is not to be anxious, but in all that we are dealing with to pray, letting our requests be made known to God. When I was looking at this verse recently, those two words “with thanksgiving” stood out to me. Why is that little prepositional phrase so important?

  1. Being thankful helps us remember our Source. Almost every verse in the Bible that says to give thanks follows with wording that tells us who to give thanks to: God. It shifts our focus from what we are thankful for to who we are thankful to. Being thankful for things and people is good, but connecting that same thankfulness to the Giver is even better! 🙂
  2. Being thankful has a way of reminding us that God has taken care of us before, and if He’s taken care of us before, He’s going to do it again! That makes me breathe a sigh of relief. All we need to do is ask (Matthew 7:7a), and thank Him for the answers in faith.

God doesn’t want us to be twisted up in stress like a tangled mess of string. Let thankfulness be a springboard to take you out of anxious moments. Doing this blows my tension away, and all that remains is a gentle breeze of peace. This seems to be a good practice whether or not it’s a stressful day!

On to the Announcements

Happy Thanksgiving, U.S.A. friends!

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God recently laid it on my heart to take a blog and social media breather that started a few days ago and will go for probably several more. Not that I would disappear completely, but scale way back. I’ve been here before, and it’s not much easier. At first, I gave mental assent. 🙂

God, You are so right! I need this right now!

Then I talked myself out of it, listing all the reasons why it shouldn’t happen.

I keep reading about making a schedule for posting online as a blogger. How can I build the habit if I’m being inconsistent? My people need to know I’m with them! What if they think I’m off my rocker? I’m going to “get behind!” What if the social media channel algorithms bump me out of view? I. Can’t. Breathe. 

(Anyone have an inhaler?)

I can relate to the turkey above. He’s trying to get out of it, but dying is inevitable. I have to take up my cross daily (Luke 9:23) even with social media. God knows what I need!

While I’m getting some air, will you take an anonymous survey so I can serve you better? It will take you less than 5 minutes!

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What do you do to avoid or alleviate anxiety when it looks like you’re starting to get “high stress” pressure?

God doesn’t want us to be twisted up in stress, but shows us how to springboard out of it! [Tweet this]

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16 thoughts on “A Springboard for Stressful Moments

  1. Hey Kelly! I loved this… “Being thankful helps us remember our Source.” oh boy does it ever. And it helps me keep my focus on the Who instead of the What. So glad we met through Sherry! And glad to be your neighbour over at the #RaRaLinkup! xxoo

  2. Oh yes, Kelly. I am right there too. In fact, God has been speaking to my spirit about changes I need to make in this very arena of my life. There are steps I am taking in obedience but it feels like Ietting go of good things. I guess the lesson is, even if it is good it doesn’t mean it is beneficial for me and my family right? (where’s that verse Paul talks about lol..) My default is always to put other first but I subconsciously do it at the expense of those closest to me sometimes. I have to remind myself I can’t do it all. I appreciate this timely word, friend. I think I may even need to save it for another day, a sort of sticky note reminder for this mama! Praying God directs you onto HIS paths. I know He will. Be blessed friend!

  3. I love this post Kelly and enjoy your time away. Glad to read you are listening to God’s leading. I pray God will refresh your spirit and rejuvenate your mind. It is easy for us a times to reason away what God is calling us to do. Your words of inspiration will be missed. I look forward to your return. Continued blessings to you and yours.

  4. Kelly,

    This is my favorite line in your post:
    ‘It shifts our focus from what we are thankful for to who we are thankful to.”
    I think it sounds like a lot of us in Blogging need a break. Praying you’re refreshed as you rest my friend 🙂
    Love ya,
    Sherry
    xoxo

  5. I just took a step back as well. I got into so many good things, that I was getting overwhelmed. I’m not giving up, just slowing down to remember what it’s all about.

  6. I’ve never thought about stress and thankfulness together, but you are so right! We need to look to the Giver and not just what He gives. Have a restful break! Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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