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HANDLING THE PRESSURES OF THE WORLD

Pressures, they seem to be everywhere. There is not a single day that goes by that some amount of pressure is applied to you. Maybe it is the pressure of being on time to work and making sure that the alarm is set correctly. That one is easy for me since we now have an Echo Dot beside the bed. We simply tell “Alexa” to set the alarm for the time we need up for the next morning. But, other pressures can’t be fixed as easily.

Pressures start early in life, even when we are still babies. Pressures to eat the right foods, pressures to learn to walk, and pressures to learn our ABC’s. These all seem easy now, but when we were going through them, they weren’t so easy. Pressures continued into our school years. Some learned the school lessons easily and others struggled. Some might have excelled in athletics while others only felt the pressure to try harder. Fitting into the right crowd and being accepted by our peers was a constant pressure later on in our high school years. Surely things would get better after we finally graduated.

Of course, things did not get easier, in fact, they probably got even harder. When I was in high school it was pretty much expected that you would get married and have children right away. The pressure to find a spouse was real and I am sure you have all been asked the questions, “When are you getting married?” or “When are you going to start a family?”

Raising a family isn’t any pressure at all. Lol! Trying to raise little adults that will go out into the world and be a blessing to society instead of a curse is easy. It is a piece of cake trying to keeping them away from the evils of the world all while juggling supper, meetings, activities, and all the wifely duties. There are never any pressures on keeping a marriage together, our husbands never feel neglected or abandoned, right?

And even after the children are raised we will still feel pressures about our health or the health of our parents. I have some friends who have recently lost their husbands and a child. I can not imagine the pressures that they are feeling at this time.

James 1:3-13

for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[a] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

While it does not look like any of us will ever escape the pressures of this life we do have the words in Jeremiah to give us so relief.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

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  1. Joyce Montgomery wrote:

    I love your Sunday comments. They really speak to my heart. Keep them coming please.

    Posted 2.28.21 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you enjoy these posts!

      Posted 2.28.21 Reply
  2. Victoria wrote:

    Great post. I am retired and yet there are still pressures in my life. Shared on Google+ and Twitter

    Posted 3.15.18 Reply
  3. Laurie Lutz wrote:

    Love your posts and love that you love the Lord! I shared on Twitter ?

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  4. Joy wrote:

    Shared to my Pinterest board. I’m sure you feel much pressure to come up with a new topic for your blog each day, but you do a great job. Thank you!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  5. Carla wrote:

    Thank you Tania for the Sunday messages. I shared this and most of your daily posts with family and friends. I love your blog with your fashions and your love for God shines through. You are an awesome lady! Blessings.. Carla

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  6. Margaret Walters wrote:

    Shared your message for today!
    Thank you !
    I love all your posts!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  7. Cheryl Reed wrote:

    I shared on Pinterest – blogs to read!! Thank you so much for your sharing God’s Word!!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  8. Deborah Allen wrote:

    Great! Enjoy your Sunday post. God bless your day!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  9. Margaret wrote:

    Very timely! Thank you! I shared on FB.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  10. DEBRA COLE wrote:

    Hi Tonia. A blessed Sunday & everyday. I love your blog & have been following you somewhere between 9-12 months now. Your Sunday posting has some beautiful passages from the Bible. My daughter is struggling with work issues & these scriptures fit her situation. I snapped the verses, made a photo with them, & am sending them to her now. I am away from home visiting my oldest son, a LCDR in the USCG here in Alameda, California, my extra-daughter, & 3, soon in July will be 4, of my grandchildren. It hurts not being there to help her. I hope she can be blessed by the verses. Thank-you so much for them.
    Blessings, Debra Cole

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  11. beth byrd wrote:

    “Pressures start early in life” … wow, that made me stop in my tracks. I’m nearly 60 and it saddens me to think of children not enjoying childhood because of all the pressures put upon them. I had a great childhood and for that I am SO grateful. Your posts are always so thoughtful and give me something to contemplate. Thank you, Tania!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  12. Regina wrote:

    You’ve articulated so well how I feel, too! I had thought life would get easier as we got older. Sharing with family….

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  13. Laura wrote:

    I shared your post on my FB page, Tania.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  14. Daphne Vaughn wrote:

    Thank you Tania,for sharing your Sunday post with us very uplifting.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  15. Sandy wrote:

    I love the way God uses you Tania, to get His timely/on time- ever faithful messages across. Pressure is always around in the world we live. Thank you for posting the Bible passages today, so timely in my life and I am sure many others. You are a blessing!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  16. NickiM wrote:

    I love your sunday posted i share them w my Best friend every week . Keep up the good work !

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  17. Cindy DeBenning wrote:

    I shared your Sunday post on Facebook. You write so well and your love and faith in Jesus is most evident. Have you ever thought of writing a book?

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  18. LY. thaxton wrote:

    We are studying James on Wednesday night and now this pops up. God is definitely wanting me to hear this message!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  19. Charlcy Green wrote:

    Beautiful, Tania. Thank you & have a blessed Sunday w/your family!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  20. Karen H. wrote:

    It was a great reflection and I am sharing it with my daughter. I love giving her positive words and messages. This was particularly meaningful with the passage from James. When we go through the hardest struggles in life, our faith and relationship with God grows the most. However, it is even more important to stand steadfast in our faith when things are smooth. We need to remember Him equally as much then. Thanks for sharing these Sunday thoughts.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  21. Linda miller wrote:

    Many thanks! Rough week for us-birthday of our son who passed 3 yrs ago. The verses helped get me back on track

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  22. Mary wrote:

    shared with my sisters who will love your post!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  23. Barbara wrote:

    Thank you Tania for this Sunday post and reminding us God is always there for us. I am happy to share this on Facebook ❤️ Enjoy your Sunday and God Bless.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  24. jerralea wrote:

    Love these scriptures you chose! I shared it to Facebook.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  25. Sue S (MN) wrote:

    Love your words in your Sunday posts. Have shared them directly with my college age daughter. Sharing your post on Facebook.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  26. Darlene Clees wrote:

    Thanks for your words. Shared with my friends on Facebook.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  27. Robin wrote:

    Thank you for your always inspirational Sunday post! Shared on Pinterest!!?

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  28. Deanna Ford wrote:

    I shared on facebook. Have a blessed Sunday. I love looking on pinterest at your different outfits together . I just told one of my sweet friends last evening how i loved looking at your different outfits on pinterest she was gonna look she works at a local bank here in town and she was very interested and im sure she will love it as much as i do. I agree 50s not old i feel better than ever im 54 and have just since may lost 47 pounds being able to wear some of these cute clothes feels pretty great . My Husband of 37 thinks so too…. Deanna Ford ,Savannah ,Tennessee

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  29. Diana Cutbirth wrote:

    I am happy to share!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  30. Kathy wrote:

    Wi shared on Pinterest as I have a board for inspirational thoughts. As always. Remembering God is with us in good and tough times is essential. We are never alone! Best…Kathy

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  31. Melinda Mason wrote:

    Appreciate your faithfulness to share your testimony. Sharing.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  32. Carolyn Steman wrote:

    Liked and shared on Facebook.I enjoy your Sunday posts so much, and this one really hit home for me today.Thank you and God bless! ❤️

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  33. Glenda Gordon wrote:

    Love your Sunday posts! They always seem to be just what I need to hear at just the right time. Shared on Facebook.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  34. Susan Mayer wrote:

    Thank you for sharing with us! Have a blessed day!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  35. Anne Grechanik wrote:

    I just found your site….. It is so refreshing to have someone share God’s word.
    Bye the way I also love your fashion sense…

    shared on email

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  36. Marcia wrote:

    Thank you for your timely posts. (Shared on FB and Twitter) Have a blessed day!

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  37. Connie r, wrote:

    Thank you Tania for your post today. Much needed reminder of God leading my life. My husband had a stroke two weeks ago. Our world has changed. I needed to remember Gods knows what lies ahead. Plans for hope and our future. Have a blessed day for reminding me there will always be pressures but God walks with us too.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  38. Ann Claire wrote:

    It so uplifting to read your Sunday posts. It is an honor to share your posts with others.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  39. Catherine Clarke wrote:

    Thank you Tania, I love your Sunday posts. The we are weak, God’s strength is so much more evident. I love that you love Jesus passionately.

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
  40. Nicky turner wrote:

    Shared on FB. Mother’s Day here in England. So have a great day ??

    Posted 3.11.18 Reply
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