Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in your Chaotic World
by Tracie Miles
Real Problem. Chapter One. Out of the seven sections in Chapter One, which one hit home for you the most? What is it about that section that made you sit up and pay attention?
There were so many great points in Chapter one, it was hard to choose just one section, but when I read these words in What Works and What Doesn’t, I felt like the roof of my house was peeled back and the author could see directly inside my life.
I tried massages, manicures, pedicures, fancy vacations, days off from work, bubble baths, hot tubs, listening to soft music, reading fiction, studying stress management, researching the art of balancing life, grown-up time-outs, and all the other common suggestions for stress relief……I tried shopping therapy….I even tried having a glass of wine at night after stressful days.
Wow! How true is this? The author said overwhelming stress is as much an illness to our soul, as cancer is to our body. In our modern-day Babylon, we search endlessly for the things that we think will fulfill us, for the things we hope will take away the pain and the hurt, for the chance to get relief from the stress of our busy lives. When all the time it was right in front of us.
Though the context was different, something Rhett Butler said to Scarlett O’Hara applies well to this concept, “you’re throwing away happiness with both hands and reaching out for something that’ll never make you happy”. Happiness is found in Him. Our Father is so patient. He is there, ready and willing, just waiting for us to acknowledge Him and to ask for His help. Now, I don’t find a thing wrong with a pedicure now and then. I believe the key is not in determining what to do, but in knowing the WHO the healer is.
Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone. Luke 6:19 NLT
If you cannot see the video above, click to go directly to YouTube: Kari Jobe “Healer”