Do you ever feel like you are drowning in a sea of stress and you just can’t climb to the top long enough to catch your breath? The stress of life has hit harder than ever before and I can honestly say that some days I want to give up. I want to throw my hands up in surrender and just cry until there is not a tear left to shed. The blankets of disappointment and discouragement always seem to find a way to wrap themselves around me during times of stress. That only makes the days grow longer and more stressful. They have been ever present lately, doing their best to swallow me whole.
I’ve learned during times of stress not to retreat. I’m very good at that. This week I really had to push through and reach out in ways to others I really never thought of. I didn’t need a phone conversation or a hug (although those are great to get everyday), a simple text to a couple of friends I had not heard from in a while helped me to not be as stressed. Also, my friend Lisa’s husband, Ryan, who I happen to think is one of the funniest guys in my world, has brought some humor into my world at the right time. For that I am grateful!
I really don’t know how to relax well. Lisa learned that at the beach last weekend. 🙂 I’m always on the go that I feel guilty for even thinking that sitting around, reading a book or watching a little TV is okay. When I don’t relax, life gets more stressful. I choose the stress instead of resting in what God has already taught me more times than I can count: Rest in Him and He will take care of everything. I have a feeling this is a lesson I will have to keep learning in the years to come. The best way I know how to de-stress, is to pray through scripture and trust that God has everything under control. Because He alone does, I can do my best to control things but ultimately I am not in control.
My friend, Sarah Martin, wrote a wonderful book “Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties in a Decade of Drama” and I can tell you that this is not just for 20-somethings. 🙂 She goes through each stress point we as young adults have and shares how to work through them in reading scripture and applying it to our lives. To be honest, I keep going back to the first chapter of the book. I want to continue moving forward but the first chapter is what I am dealing with. It is all about your career. I happen to change jobs when Sarah’s book was published.
Sarah writes about all the major stress points ie career, money, relationships, body image, self image and spiritual maturity. Her book takes you through each stress point and offers case studies along with a place to journal through your thoughts about each stress point. This is a great book (devotional) for any young woman to go through and see how Sarah has woven scripture into each situation and how we should respond to what God is wanting to teach us.
She has graciously given me the opportunity to write a review and do a giveaway. 🙂 If you know of some one that would benefit from this book or you would like to win a copy for yourself, leave a comment telling me how you deal with the stress and by the end of the week I will announce a winner!
**Update: Marlana was the winner of the book give-away! Marlana~ If you could email me your full name and address that would be great! Email me at rebeccabernier(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thank you all for your comments! I do hope you each will get a book and read Sarah’s book! I promise, you will not be disappointed. 🙂