Tag Archive | stress

Coming or Going?

Earlier in the day, I watched as two gaggles of geese flew over the yard. Honking as they went, one gaggle continued northward and the other southbound. This stumped me on this lovely fall day. It appeared that those geese weren’t sure if they should be coming or going.

Do you ever feel that way? In the hustle and bustle of the quickly approaching holiday season, it is easy to wonder if we are coming or going. Be careful not to allow yourself to fall in that harried trap. There may be a lot of cooking, cleaning, shopping, gift wrapping, traveling, parties, and obligations that can become burdensome and exhausting.  Remember why you have all these tasks, and maybe ask yourself a few questions along the way.

  1. Do I have to do everything, or can my husband and children help?
  2. Are there any family, work, or social gatherings that can be attended every other year instead of every year?
  3. How can I make the holidays more enjoyable and less stressful for myself and my family?

Oftentimes, my biggest stresser is holding unrealistically high expectations.. When I can relax those expectations, the holidays are more enjoyable for me as well as for my family. Maybe you share the same problem.

Most important is staying focused on the purpose of these holidays, and that is evident in their names:

THANKSgiving,           CHRISTmas,          NEW Year.

When you find yourself wondering if you are coming or going, Stop! Give thanks, reflect on Christ, and anticipate memory making in the New Year.

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Stressless Flamingo

Arriving at the classroom I was subbing in, I was greeted by this cute little fella.

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How can you not grin when you look at him!?

Sometimes, class does not flow with a substitute teacher as it normally does. Through the years I’ve learned I must be flexible, and I must not get stressed out when things don’t go exactly as planned.

Richard Carlson has written a book for teens titled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens. I had a chance to skim through it while students were diligently working on projects.  Carlson has addressed a wide variety of topics that most teens face, and explains how to keep cool in stressful situations. It’s a quick and easy read which I’d recommend not only for teens.

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Throughout my day, the cute little flamingo would catch my attention.  The way he was propped and the light on his eye gave him a happy relaxed look as if to say, “I don’t have a care in the world.”  Funny how this look had a calming affect on me, and encouraged me not to sweat the small stuff. Too often, we let little blunders or uncertainties ruin the moment or day. We stress out rather than remain calm and make adjustments.

God wants us to depend on Him, not our own strength.  Why else would he give us so many reminders in scripture? When you start to get stressed remember some of these verses to keep your focus on God.

1Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Psalm 62:8 O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.

You may not have a cute little flamingo smiling from your desk, but God is with you at all times.  He will never leave you or forget about you. Isn’t that reassuring especially in stressful times?