“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” (Psalm 34:19)
Let’s face it. We are always going to have a stress factor in our lives. But how do you know if it is getting the best of you? Here are a few symptoms of an individual who is not dealing with stress very well:
1.Are you generally irritable? (Now, you need to ask somebody who lives with you if that is true.)
2.Do you have an ongoing pounding of your heart?
3.Is there a dryness in your throat and mouth?
4.Do you experience impulsive behavior or emotional instability? That could deal with shopping, and other emotionally driven issues.
5.Do you have an urge to cry or run away or hide or get away from it all?
6.Is there an inability to concentrate? Is there a flight of thoughts that just sweep you away?
7.Are you fatigued easily?
8.Do you have floating anxiety where you are worried or you are afraid that something’s wrong somehow, someplace with somebody all of the time, and you don’t know what it is?
Those are just a few of the characteristics or symptoms of somebody who is dealing with excessive stress and it is not being managed very well in their lives.
The very first thing you and I need to do if we are going to live stress free is to admit that we are having problems with that. Jesus said this, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” In fact, a better translation is “I will give you relief.” I will give you the ability to be able to breathe in the midst of going through some difficult times in your life. Here is the word for today: Admit it to Jesus and just breathe. Ask Him to help you with His relief, in His way…now!