Stress out


Hi you. I haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, I have thought of and prayed for you so many times this week. I have written this particular post over and over, backspaced and deleted it like it was a crumbled up note that just won’t come out right. It has blessed and fed my own spirit every day of this week and last. Every day I think about finishing and posting it. But the words are not falling in line and my ten minute break at work isn’t enough time to make them behave.

So here it is- the simple ten minute bare bones version:

The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it. (Mark 4:18, 19 MSG)

What gets in the way of God’s Word settling in the soil of my soul and putting down life-seeking, life-giving roots? It is my own lists of what I want “to do”and what I need “to have” in order to be “happy”.

“Stress kills” applies here. A stress-filled life strangles the power of God’s Word from becoming more than just a dormant seed. It prevents it from breaking out of it’s shell, breaking the surface of life to become a formidable, fruit-bearing, Spirit reproducing Word in my soul.

I don’t want stress to undermine the revelation of God’s powerful Word in my life. I don’t want my “to do” lists to dictate my time in the Word, I want my time in the Word to dictate my “to – do” lists.

Are all the things I “want to get” sabotaging the Word? I’m afraid I have to say yes. It is so easy to let the Word (like the study I did a couple of weeks ago of Jesus being my High Priest) and the peace that truth brings get lost in the busyness of my life. But I don’t want it to. I want to LIVE it, BREATH it and wrap my soul in the GRACE of it.

Just being aware that these two things 1). Worries over all I have to do and 2). Worries over all I want to get , sabotage the Word becoming LIFE in me helps me to let them go and plant myself in God’s grace and power. It helps me to focus on His Word more than my wants. It has fueled contentment in the midst of busyness and destroyed worry at the end of the day.

Interesting, just as stress strangles the Word, so the Word strangles stress. It just matters which one comes first.

Is stress strangling what God has planted in you?

What is the last fresh Word you received? Has it planted itself in you or been suffocated by busyness?

What would happen if you let that Word take center stage today?

5 thoughts on “Stress out

  1. Jen Jones Direct says:

    Thanks Cindy. Great thoughts to meditate on. Parallels with my study of “Stuck” by Jennie Allen. Worry, fear or stress can strangle the fruit of our lives.

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