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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Dealing with Stress"

January 18, 2006

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I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Everyone experiences tension or pressure. At least two-thirds of all medical visits are for stress-related illnesses. The best way to manage stress is to nourish faith in our loving God. In His love God did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all. This is proof that He really cares for us.

God is almighty. He can enable us to meet every situation. When we believe this from the depths of our being and make it a habit to turn to Him for strength and direction, we are better prepared for any crisis or degree of stress.

As we let God's principles guide us, we learn to give thanks in all circumstances and to put the best construction on what others say and do. It is better to show forgiving love and understanding about a broken window, burned toast, or a dented fender than to explode with anger.

Let us develop a strong relationship with family, friends, and neighbors. God uses them to give support. We can relieve stress by taking control of our time. We may leave a little earlier to be on time for an appointment. If we expect a long wait, we may take along some inspirational reading. Practicing our faith and using common sense help us deal with stress.

PRAYER: Lord God, source of all strength, we can do all things in You; in Jesus' name. Amen.

(Devotions from "The Abundant Life" copyright 1998, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time e-mailing of this link to a friend. For information on other devotional material, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit CPH at www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 25-27    Matthew 12:24-50

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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