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De-stress Biblically

My friend, Betty*, always seems to be tense. She lives, what I would call, a stress-filled life. She obsesses over projects - worrying over every detail. She told me that she has to so this, because who would protect her interests if she didn't? She is continually running in high gear. I have often wanted to tell her, "Just relax," but this is a way of life for her.

For many of us, the need to be in control of every aspect of life feels normal and healthy, even though there is scientific evidence to the contrary.

It seems that people have created their own stress for thousands of years. Sometime around 700 B.C. God sent the prophet Isaiah, to Israel, with this message. "In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,"
Isaiah 30:15 (NIV) It seems that people never change. The verse ends with "but you would have none of it."

Many of us have that attitude. We will have none of it. It is difficult to let go of the stress. We don't know how to be quiet or how to trust God with our affairs.


(* Betty is not a single person, but a combination of several acquaintances.)



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