Choosing to Lay the Stress Down

What do you do with your stress? Our new writer, Kelly, shares.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

At times, the chaos of daily life can be overwhelming. I will admit that some days I manage to get through the day with dignity and grace. Other days, I feel stress building. Truthfully, the burdens begin to weigh heavily at times.

Being a person who treasures the written word, I decided to conduct a study of the word “stress.” Stress refers to force, influence, pressure, and strain on our physical and mental well-being. Did you also know it refers to suffering, pain, affliction, sorrow, danger, discord, and heartache? It also means burden, trial, tribulation, and trouble.

Yet, Jesus offered hope amidst the chaos and stress. In John 16:33, Jesus states, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

While Jesus plainly admits that we will face pain, sorrow, suffering, heartache, discord, danger, trouble, and burdens during our time here on earth, He also offers us hope through His redemption on the cross. He died that we might have eternal peace with the Father who loves us more than we could ever imagine.

The next time I feel overwhelmed by the chaos of life, I am going to lay my burdens down at the feet of Jesus as I remember that He overcame the power of death and the world that condemned Him.

Prayer: Father God, Please help me remember that I am not alone in this world. When I am enduring pain or facing trials, remind me that I do not have to carry my burdens alone. Help me to be able to turn to You in my time of need and to leave my burdens in Your very capable hands. Thank you for your amazing love and peace that covers me like a healing balm. In the name of Your precious son Jesus, Amen!

Welcome to our new writer!
Kelly is a daughter and servant of God, the mother of a precious child with Aspergers and ADHD, the owner of a yappy mixed breed Chihuahua Yorkshire terrier dog. She is persevering through life with God’s grace and He sustains her with His wonderful peace and amazing love through her own diagnoses of Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Migraines. She hopes you find God’s peace and encouragement flowing through the words she shares with you both here and on her blog at

What helps you face the challenges you are enduring?

When is the last time you asked God to hold you together when you had overwhelming stress? I like this song, “Hold Me Together” by Royal Tailor and I hope it blesses you as well. -Lisa

Royal shares the story behind the song “Hold Me Together” along with some childhood memories.

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