Don't Worry!

     
Are you stressed out? With schoolwork, deadlines, and so many things do to around this time of year, it can get overwhelming. Also, while the weather gets colder, and the leaves fall from trees people begin to get sad, because they're missing the warm weather. For me, well, the cold never bothered me anyway. *ahem*sorry*not really*.
     Back to the topic! If you're worried, and stressed, and sick of feeling that way, this post is for you.
      Far too often we leave our Bible’s to get dusty, and find ourselves stressing and worrying about worldly things. Then we wonder why, and cry out to God to help us.
            When depression is on the rise, and everyone seems to be stressed out, we especially need to know how to deal with stress. There are lots of different ways the world suggests to do this. It will say to take medication, watch movies to get your mind off your problems, and to learn to love yourself. While those might seem like good suggestions God has better ones, with better results. And those results start with where we left off.
      The Bible is filled with wonderful promises and reassurances for us. And while we might not realize it, it also has advice about stress. Some of my favourite verses are Matthew 6: 25-34
   “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Where if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
   Matthew 6:28-30
  If you’ve ever seen lilies of the fields you know how beautiful they are. What a lovely analogy this is, and it is very true that no matter how many riches you have, you cannot duplicate their beauty.
    “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
     Matthew 6:34
   We aren’t supposed to worry about tomorrow. Know one knows what will happen, no one except God.
   “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”
    1 Peter 5
    It is in our human nature to worry, so what we are supposed to do when a worrying thought comes into our head? Cast in on God. Pray about whatever the thing is, and forget about it.
     “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”    
   Phillipians 4:6-7
The majority of the reason people get stressed out, is because they’re only thinking about themselves.  What am I going to do? What will they think about me? What if I do bad in school? The very simple remedy for this is to turn our thoughts from ourselves to God, and ask ourselves what He would do, or want.
     What would He do? What will He think of me? How would He want me to do this assignment? See the difference? The focus turns from us to God. Ask Him your questions, ask Him for help, and you will find peace.
    Many of Jesus’s parables were about nature, and taught in nature. Christ himself was very often in nature. I find that walking in nature, and seeing the complexity of His design is relaxing.
    Another problem today is self-hate, and self-harm. This problem can be solved as well, by looking in the Bible. If you feel worthless, or think you’re not loved simply read salvation’s plan.
    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
      But not only that, if you had been the only person in the world, God would have died for YOU! When Jesus was on the cross, your sins were on His back, he was suffering for you. That is the ultimate love. Nowhere on earth will you ever find that kind of love. And God also promised that nothing can keep us from that love.
    “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
      Romans 8:39
      The perspective gives us a perfect balance. We can’t hate ourselves, because we see how much we’re loved, and how much we’re worth. We also can’t become over-obsessed with ourselves, because who could, when they saw how much God has suffered for us, and how little we have given Him. (Ludy, 2015, pp. 171-192)
         When Paul was in prison did he fall into depression? No, he was able to encourage his fellow believers, even in the face of death. When Jesus was hated by the world did He begin to hate Himself? No, He pointed others to God, and helped them see how much they were loved.

      So as we can see, the rising problem of stress and depression is being caused by the also rising rate of dusty Bibles in this country. When we simply read and believe the promises of God, we find it very hard to be stressed. When we turn our thoughts from ourselves to God, we forget about our problems.
      I hope this has encouraged you, and you're feeling better already. Remember to ask God for help, and He'll give you peace and hope! 
      Sincerely, Rachel

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