Blessed Be God, Even in Times of Stress

I have to stop myself when I feel frenzy starting to creep into my soul, forcibly turning my heart in a better direction.

by Julia Attaway — Posted on Jun 4, 2014

Daily Devotionals blogger Julia Attaway

My brain is officially on overload this morning.

There is too much–way too much–that has to happen before I leave tomorrow morning to help Elizabeth pack her dorm room for the last time. She graduates on Friday.

As I write to-do lists for each child (and my spouse), and check off item after item on my own endless list, I have to stop myself when I feel frenzy starting to creep into my soul.

“Blessed be God,” I say, reminding myself that my lists are neither the Alpha nor the Omega.

I tackle the next task, and the next, and soon paralysis sets in again.

“Blessed be his holy name,” I say, to recall that this isn’t all about me.

I move on to the next job, and the next, and the next, and eventually begin to feel stressed again.

“Blessed be Jesus Christ,” I say, forcibly turning my heart in a better direction.  

Eventually it starts to dawn on me that stress has a positive side–if I use it as a signal that it’s time to make contact with God. And slowly, task by task and prayer by prayer, I make progress.

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