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Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things. – Joyce Meyer

Stress is a struggle all too real for most of us, but it does not have to be that way at all. A lot of times, we can view stress as something we just have to deal with, but Jesus actually offers us freedom from stress through his peace.

Now, let us get things straight from the beginning. There is no magic formula to erase stress forever. Stress is an emotional, sometimes panicked response to situation your brain views as threatening. And that can actually be a good thing, because it can keep you from danger, motivate you to make a better decision, or even help you make a necessary change. When stress starts taking the reins on our lives – that is when we have got a problem.

So, maybe the question isn’t how to stop stressing out. Ask a better question: How can we reframe the way we interpret and deal with stress?

Don’t let stress run your life. Rather let healthy stress guide your decisions. Release your control. Nothing feeds stress like control. Ask God for wisdom. Perhaps there are areas of your life you need to stop handling on your own.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28–30


Written by Dr Charisse le Roux