It was just one of those days.
You've had them, right? The days when things happen that build your stress level, irritate your senses, and clog your brain. The events of the day combine and combust in your head making it feel down right explosive.
Mine began at the doctor's office on a seemingly normal trip in for flu shots. Well, it did not end on a normal note. My shot was administered quickly while I was holding on to the squirming two year old. His went as you would expect, with the normal amount of crying. My daughter wins the prize because she didn't even flinch, but watched it as it was poked into her leg.
But the almost eight year old? Not so good. I guess he's one of those people who have an irrational fear of needles. I really didn't expect this. For me, after all of the poking, prodding, and invasive procedures of being pregnant and delivering three children, shots are not a big deal. I guess you could say I even have little sympathy for people who are scared of shots. But this boy of mine, whoa! I should have caved and gave him the flu mist, even though it doesn't have as good of protection!
By the end of the appointment, I was sweating. The nurse was sweating. I was so embarrassed that I practically dragged my kids out of the clinic. After that, it was a dead sprint over to piano lessons.
After piano, I ran home to make supper for the kids and the farmers in the field, while simultaneously making my daughter do her homework and giving her a practice spelling test.
I had to have all this done by 6, because I got to leave the kids with a sitter to attend a theology class. Yes! I breezed out of the door, but my nerves were quite frazzled. It was like I had a sensitive tooth that had just been doused by icy cold water. I was feeling zapped!
I sat in my car and tried to relax myself. I did some deep breathing but still felt like my blood pressure was sky high.
Have you been there? How do you get unfrazzled?
I thought about what I know about God. First, He encourages us to come to Him with everything. 1 Peter 5:7 says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you." So as silly as it sounds to complain to God about your stress level, He wants you to do it. He cares about what we care about.
Secondly, our God is a God of peace. "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7). God wants to give us His very own peace to guard our hearts and minds from stress and anxiety. When we pray and give Him our cares and thank Him for all He has done, we receive His peace. It is such a wonderful trade! We give away our stress, and we get God's peace!
Lastly, we can pray for more evidence of the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. Believers have the Holy Spirit in them; this we know. But when the Spirit comes He makes it possible for us to live with these vital, life-giving traits: "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). When we turn to God and ask for His help, the Spirit helps us have more peace, patience, and kindness. And I don't know about you, but when I'm stressed, those traits go out the window!
So when we feel frazzled, and please tell me I'm not the only one, we can take these steps and let God work in us. God's way is a better stress reliever than yoga, alcohol, or medication. We were made to need Him, and He's longing to help "unfrazzle" us.
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Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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