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Resolution # Three - Relieve Stress

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear..... Who by worrying can add a single hour to his life.... Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself" (Matt.6:25, 27, 34).

While in church in Norwich, KS, I listened to a lesson about New Year resolutions. It was a good one and I thought that I would incorporate some of the ideas into my next three daily devotionals. It was suggested that there are three resolutions that we should all make to have a better New Year. Our number three resolution ought to be about relieving stress. Everyone has a degree of stress in their life. How we deal with that stress will go a long way to our quality of life. Stress with family problems, at work, or with health or money can contribute to an uncomfortable way to live one's life. As usual, Jesus gives us the way to deal with the anxieties of life. Today's verses would be good ones to read and meditate upon as Jesus lets us know about handling stress. The apostle Paul echoes Jesus' words in Phil.4:6 where he writes: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." None of us can live a completely stress-free life, but we have wonderful help at our disposal. God is plain about His availability to us through Jesus Christ. When we come to realize that the most important parts of our lives are settled when we take Jesus in, we are on our way to freeing ourselves from the mundane things that would try to drag us down. He tells us to "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Jesus invites us live a less stressful life by relying more upon Him...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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