My heart is stressed and I am battling fears.
Everyone has fears. Everyone deals with anxiety and stress, but for some reason I feel like we ignore these emotions in conversation.
I have been told to “suck it up,” or even better — I just don’t talk about them and I keep it bottled up inside.
As time passes I have learned that I am able to handle more and more stress and I use to think this was a good thing. I thought it meant I was maturing or becoming more of an adult, and then I gained clarity.
Yes, stress is a part of everyday life, but if you constantly allow the stress to build and never learn how to handle it properly, eventually you will snap.
Just like a rubber band most of us can stretch pretty far, but the further and further you pull the band from itself its integrity is compromised. It will snap back and cause pain and sometime it will break into multiple pieces that can never be put back together.
My nature is to plan. I always have a list of things to do and it is always prioritized. However there are times that list haunts me. If a task is left unchecked I can feel the weight of it on my mind, it causes me stress and I seek freedom. This is not the only reason that I stress, but it is one that is easily managed. If I can just conquer this, than maybe I can focus on another area. (Oops the planner in me just came out again 😛 )
Rubber bands may break, but they can also snap back into their original shape. I find this to be true in my life as well. I don’t want to go to the point of breaking, but sometimes I do need to be stretched. I need to be tested and I need to be pliable.
If I want to be free I must let go of stress and anxiety. I must snap back into place.
Easier said that done — that’s for sure. However, scripture is a tool through this battle and if used, I will be free.
Our stress and fears maybe different, but God is constant.
Here are three verses I keep repeating over and over and they have given me hope and instilled new faith into my heart.
Through my struggles I am going to read scripture and remember that I am a child of the King.
My heart and prayers go out to anyone battling stress. Know that you are not alone and you will never walk alone.