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Andrea Lewis

Hello! My name is Andrea.  I enjoy writing and in my spare time I am an avid photographer and artist.  I love to spend time with my husband who is my best friend.

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"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me."  Galatians 2:20

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Encouragement from Online Communities

Monday, July 13, 2015

Stressed? Remember to Pray!

 

Summer can be a very stressful time of the year for many people.  Kids are out of school but you're still taking online classes, the electric bill is higher with all the AC use, the lawn has to be mowed every week or else it turns into a jungle, and then you have normal life that's all happening at the same time.  Even though the sun stays out longer, there aren't any more hours in the day! 

 

It is so incredibly easy to let that stress take control of your life.  I can speak from personal experience on that. It's also common to allow stress to dictate your mood and attitude throughout the day.  So what do you do? 

 

Breathe. Pray. Trust.  

 

Depending on your state of mind in this particular moment, this sounds either too easy to be true, or too difficult to be able to do!  How do I just breathe and trust without knowing the outcome?  Is prayer really the best solution for this situation? 

 

When you're in the midst of a difficulty it's often hard to put the whole problem into perspective.  Just think about the fact that you are alive because of God, and not something of your own doing.  Your existent is not dependent on you, and neither are those problems you're facing.  You do have control over how you handle those issues and how you react to difficulties, but you alone cannot really change the future.  God alone truly knows how your actions will affect your future, and He alone can make something bad turn into something good. 

 

So instead of worrying over the details of life, trust in Him, and take each day at a time.  React to issues in a way that honors Him, and pray that He will guide you to make the right choices in the midst of the difficult decisions.  

 

How has God given you peace this summer?  What are some things He's helped you overcome?  Share below!  

 

 

  

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