John 14:25-27 Vacations are hard for me. I love the idea of getting away, unplugging for a while, and recharging a little bit. However, travelling stresses me out. Whether it is driving, riding along in a car, or taking a plan, the whole ordeal gets me frazzled. By the time I am back home, I feel just as stressed and wiped out from the trip back as I was before vacation! While I can use this as an excuse to not relax, I realize it’s still need to take the time to get away. We all have excuses as to why there’s nothing we can do about our stress. We may say it’s just the way things are, or that it will only last for a while. We fool ourselves into believing that there’s no other way to live our life. We think there’s nothing we can do about it. On some levels this is true,  though. We will all experience stress. Things won’t always work out the way we want to. Our schedules will be packed, and we will face frustrations. When we let these things get to us and build up over time, they will stress us out and leave us frazzled. This can be bad for our health, relationships, productivity, and quality of life. Here’s the deal. God never told us He would remove everything that stresses us out. In fact, he tells us the opposite. We are to expect difficult times to hit. We are to prepare ourselves for things not going our way. But, we have the comfort of knowing that He’s there with us, not to help us avoid stress but to help us through our stress. He wants to help us to deal with it and stay healthy. How does your stress affect you? // 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: Do you consider yourself a stressed out person? How much does stress affect you? How do you deal with the stress you face? Do you bring God into the process? Pray: Share with God the stresses you deal with frequently and the ones you are facing today. READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Mark 16]]>