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5.05.2013

one thousand gifts // chapter eight.


stress. a word that comes up frequently in conversation. i'm guilty of this on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis. we use stress as an excuse for our behavior and as a way to hide our deepest fears. instead of trusting the Lord, we turn to stress and anxiety.

"stress isn't only a joy stealer. the way we respond to it can be sin."
-page 146-

"anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism."
-page 148-

i had never really thought of stress this way before. as not trusting. but that's exactly what i'm doing when i choose to let stress control me and my attitude. i'm not trusting in the promises of Jesus. he tells us in john 14:1, "do not let your hearts be troubled. trust in God; trust also in me." the only way for us to experience the well of joy is to daily put our trust in Jesus, so that we may be filled with hope and peace that overflows. 

"thanks is what builds trust."
-page 150-

as we count our blessings, we realize who can really be counted on. we have a constant, unchanging, reliable Savior. he can be counted on always. we each have our own trust issues. it's part of our human nature. but the practice of giving thanks, of looking for the blessings on a daily basis is how we learn to trust. and trust will begin to dissolve the stress and worry you hold in your life because you know you have a faithful God who fulfills his promises.

the 1000 gifts list.


1 comment:

Jessica Lynn Martin said...

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:) xoxo Jess