Stress and The Word

Last week was a full week – full of travel, fun, activity, seminary, a pep rally, a football game, and a sinus infection.

As the sun peeked over the horizon I slung myself out of bed and went about getting kids ready for school. My mental to-do list added weights to my shoulders and tied my stomach in knots. I walked past my Bible a few times. I’ll get to it I thought, but I have to get the kids out the door. When I shut the door and had the house to myself I dove into my to-do list.

Surely checking items off this list will lighten the weight, untie the knots in my stomach. Instead the weights felt heavier throughout the day. Before I closed my eyes I opened my green Bible and did my best to listen to Him before falling asleep.

Saturday dawned and my to-do list beckoned. I went straight to my  computer. It seemed everything I touched was not working well. Stress mounted and my nerves felt electrified. Sharp responses flew from my mouth. Stress weighed heavy and my green Bible sat unopened.

I finally stopped my crazy activity to sit still, pray, and listen to God. The heavy weight of stress slowly moved off my shoulders as I opened my green Bible and read His truth. God’s Word spoke to my weary soul. My stomach relaxed and my nerves slowed their frenetic energy.

Spending time with God first thing in the morning makes all the difference for me. Does it do that for you too?

Who is memorizing God’s word with me? We are still working on Psalm 121 this week. Finish out the last four verses this week. Next week we will work on reviewing the verses we already memorized.