Luke 10:41-42 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Life is not intended to be stressful. God is not in our stress and he does not cause our stress – we do. We have so many things to make life convenient and those very things can stress us out. For example, a car is convenient but driving in traffic can be stressful. Or, using technology can make things more efficient, but when it doesn’t work it can stress us out.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we want to simplify our lives we have to stop comparing ourselves someone else. We need to find our level of skill and do what we were created to do. Each of us were created with different gifts and different skills. I love kids but working in the nursery at church is not something I am gifted for. We have to realize what we are good at and then do it. A lot of times we want a gift someone else has and try to do that gift then we get frustrated because we are trying to do something that does not come natural for us.
Philippians 4:6,7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer can even stress us out. We seem to think that our prayers have to be long and elegant for God to listen to us. Let God know your needs, show thanks, and ask for forgiveness. Prayer can be simple. We are not impressing God with a gazillion words. If you are led to pray long then do so, but don’t feel like you have to do so because that is what you see other people doing. Just be yourself and do what you are led to do.
Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Having too much clutter in our house can stress us out. We have things sitting around that we have never touched or used yet we dust around it when we clean the house. We can de-clutter our house and that will give us great satisfaction when we can just sit and enjoy the few things we do have that are nice. De-cluttering can help us enjoy our life a little more because what we need to clean up is not looking at us in the face as soon as we walk into the door. That doesn’t mean get rid of everything – there are things with sentimental value. But do get rid of things that are just visual clutter.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
Make decisions and move on with your life – don’t procrastinate when making a decision. You know what, if you make a mistake you will have a chance to fix it or at least learn from it. We can stress ourselves out by sitting on a decision for months at a time. We tend to ask six people and pray for six months and do what we were going to do anyway. Bottom line is just do things that give you peace.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen