Monday, July 27, 2009

Welcome to Rebecca’s Corner!

I have said this before, but I really appreciate Charles Stanly and his preaching. Well, today I watched another wonderful broadcast and he has something new at his site, a site called: Rebecca’s Corner I highly recommend you view it:

We know how busy you are, and we’re happy you took time out of your day to stop by. You’re probably wondering, “Who is Rebecca?” Rebecca was Dr. Stanley’s mother whose godly influence greatly affected his life and ministry. While you’re here, you can learn more about her life, her family, and her faith, as well as find ways to strengthen your own faith and family with our weekly “Recipes for Life.”

Here is one example of what you will find there:

Recipe for Life—Stress Management
“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7, NASB).

If there is one thing universal to every human being on earth, it is this: stress. The intangible partner of progress, stress is defined as the “normal, internal mechanism that adapts us to change”—and it’s something we all feel at one time or another. Why? Because the more demanding life becomes, the more stressed we become in our attempts to keep up the pace.

Sources of stress are everywhere. The unique problems of our age seem designed to create and almost force us to live in a state of stress and tension. But God never intended for us to lead a stress-filled life wrought with feelings of frustration, anxiety, fear, and unrest. In Luke 5:15-16, the Bible teaches us how Jesus responded to the incredible pressures He faced. His response was to go away and pray (v. 16). We would be wise to follow the Savior’s lead. If He found relief from the pressures of life by pulling away to be with the Father, we can, too.

So in addition to prayer, how can we manage the stress found in everyday life?
First, we must realize God’s intimate care for the details of our lives. He knows what we are facing, and He’s promised to meet us at our point of need. We must trust that He is using the circumstances of our lives to draw us into a closer relationship with Him.

Second, we must realize that our obedience to His commands can be one of the greatest stress reducers of our lives. There is no rest living outside of God’s moral and ethical boundaries. When we stray too far from the path He has set before us, we invoke stress and strife that was never meant for us to bear. When we walk in complete obedience to Him and allow Him to bear our burdens, He assumes complete responsibility for those who are committed to Him.

Today, make a list of each area of concern that adds significant stress to your life. Take time to thoughtfully pray about each one. Be confident in God’s promised help and provision. Remember that He has equipped you to handle life’s loads with a standing offer to bear their emotional weight for you.

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