You can’t pinpoint the moment when it started, this feeling of constant stress. It crept up slowly, little by little. And by now, the knot in your stomach has become almost familiar.
Tiny things that used to slightly bother you now overwhelm you with frustration: the way your spouse leaves their clothes on the floor, the way your coworker is always two minutes late to every meeting, the way your kids forget to hang up their coats when they walk through the door.
You could’ve handled this all before, but now? It all feels like too much. The house is a mess, you feel overworked—and even when you have time to relax, you can’t remember how to. You end up thinking of all the chores you should finish, all the work you should get a head-start on.
It’s hard to let go of stress no matter what, but it can seem even harder when you can’t identify a single cause. When that feeling of tightness in your chest is caused by a million seemingly little things, how can you overcome your worry?
We can’t overcome our worries in our own strength. But the good news is that God promises to be with us in the midst of our worries. Even when we feel overwhelmed, God is with us. And God promises to help us. If you’re feeling overcome by stress today, take a few moments away from the overwhelm and meditate on these reminders from the Psalms:
- God will give you strength.
The Lord is my shepherd;I have everything I need.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths,
as he has promised.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
I will not be afraid, Lord,
for you are with me. —Psalm 23:1,3-4 (GNTD)
- God will hear you and help you.
But I call to the Lord God for help,
and he will save me.
Morning, noon, and night
my complaints and groans go up to him,
and he will hear my voice.
He will bring me safely back
from the battles that I fight
against so many enemies. — Psalm 55:16-18 (GNTD)
- God will protect you.
Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
can say to him,
“You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust.” — Psalm 91:1-2 (GNTD)
- God will guard and guide you.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me;
he freed me from all my fears.
The oppressed look to him and are glad;
they will never be disappointed.
The helpless call to him, and he answers;
he saves them from all their troubles. — Psalm 34:4-6 (GNTD)
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