Matthew 11:28-30 Not too long ago, I walked into a family member’s house for a family get together. As I walked into the kitchen, I said a few words to the host and asked where I could sit down the food I had brought. My family member snapped at me and gave me a quick answer before walking out of the room. I thought I had done something wrong (or that the food I had brought just smelled offensive!). It turned out they had just had a little spat with someone else. I was just caught in the crossfire. We all know how stress can cause us to act in ways we wouldn’t act otherwise. The problem is, though, that stress is unavoidable. If we allow stress to wreck us everytime we experience it, we are facing a lifetime of being a jerk. The good news is that God can still bless our mess. God loves and cares about us so much that he still has a purpose for our life even when we mess up time and time again. If we learn to handle our stress by being content, seeking God, and leaning on others, God can help calm the pressure stress causes us. He can help us deal with the hectic pace of life. He can help us handle when things don’t go our way. We just have to be willing to live life his way. Don’t allow stress to rule over you. Allow God to bless the messiness of your life. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
Reflect: How stressed would you say you feel right now? How much does it affect your attitude towards life and the way you treat others? How do you think God would want you to deal with your stress? Pray: Spend a few minutes laying out everything that stresses you out with God. Ask Him how He wants you to deal with each situation, and ask Him to bless your mess. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Acts 4]]>