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HOW DO YOU HANDLE PRESSURE AND STRESS

Many of you probably heard all about my stressful day last week. It was a minor stress in the BIG picture of life since many other problems are worse. I was grateful that my issues were blog-related and not health or family-related, but they were a big deal to me. Handling pressure and stress is something that we all have to learn to do since life throws stress at us daily.

I live in coal country, so I know all about what pressure can do to coal. Did you know that PRESSURE is what can change coal into a diamond? It takes a lot of pressure and a lot of time, but the results can be amazing. Coal can be a fuel source for making steel, but a diamond can bring years of enjoyment to its owner.

Even though the result of all that pressure is a beautiful new creation, I doubt if the coal would volunteer to go through the process. Pressure and stress are HARD! You can ask any college student about what they go through when studying for finals. A law student can tell you all about pressure and stress when studying for the bar exam.

Those are examples of how pressure and stress can have a great outcome, and it all feels worth it in the end. The college student might graduate with a new career, and the law student would now be ready to hand out their shingle. But, the results of pressure and stress are not always pretty or have a happy ending.

Health, finances, marriage, and many other stresses might not end as we want. Our loved ones might not survive a health crisis, and a job loss might destroy our savings and leave us without a way to pay our bills. The divorce rate statistics tell us that marriages don’t always survive the pressure and stress put on them and don’t end up being a fairy tale.

Luke 22:44

44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

Matthew 26: 36-39

38 Then He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” 39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

Jesus didn’t escape the pressures and stress in His time here on earth. He is God’s Son, and He felt the pressure for what was to come. Jesus knew the short-term outcome was going to be horrible, and He was in anguish. If the Son of God couldn’t escape having pressure in this world, why would we ever think that we could?

Hosea 6:1-3

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

I wish that I could say that I was like Jesus and that prayer was my first response. Instead, I whine, cry, worry, fret, tell Joe, call a friend, and try to fix problems on my own. THEN, after everything else fails, I will call on the Lord for help. In my defense, I don’t want to “bother” the Lord with my piddly problems. I feel like I should only go to Him when my problems are HUGE, but that is not what He tells us to do.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Each of us handles pressure and stress in our own way. No matter how you handle your problems, the Lord wants us to go to Him with everything. There are no problems too small for the Lord. I am so thankful that the Lord is there for me and that He provides peace when I am troubled. He is a good, good Father!!!

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Melanie wrote:

    Good has it ask under control… we have a hard time not being in control. Trust. He knows!

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  2. Donna wrote:

    Wonderful post and something I need to remember everyday. Thank you.

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  3. Mary wrote:

    A wonderful message! Thank you 🙏

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  4. Trina wrote:

    Love this! ❤️❤️ God bless!

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  5. MaryBeth wrote:

    Thank you!

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  6. Cindy wrote:

    Life works so much better when we include the Lord! What a great reminder, Tania!

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  7. RORY wrote:

    Thank you. You are so right now I just have to remember what you wrote.

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  8. Nancy M wrote:

    They very thing I needed to read thismorning! Thank you!

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  9. Lori Duncan wrote:

    Another great Sunday post! He is our safe place!!

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  10. Diane R wrote:

    Tania,
    For some reason I am now getting 2 blog posts from you. I did resign up as you requested but yesterday and today, I have 2 from you .(today’s)- One at 12:02, 50 is not old and again at 12:15, Tania Stephens. Just wanted you to be aware of the glitch.
    Loved today’s message.

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    • Shawn wrote:

      Good morning! I am getting 2 blogs as well after resigning up? They say the same but look different? Love all of your msgs & funny stories!

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      • Stephanie wrote:

        I am also getting the 2 blogs since Saturday.

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        • Tania wrote:

          Yes, the reason that you are getting 2 emails is because the app got reinstalled and I got my subscribers back. I am going to be deleting the app, and going instead to a different email service. I will delete that app later this week, but I want to give everyone a heads up first since the emails look so differently. The one that I’ll be keeping comes from Tania@50isnotold.com

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      • Tania wrote:

        Yes, the reason that you are getting 2 emails is because the app got reinstalled and I got my subscribers back. I am going to be deleting the app, and going instead to a different email service. I will delete that app later this week, but I want to give everyone a heads up first since the emails look so differently. The one that I’ll be keeping comes from Tania@50isnotold.com

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    • Tania wrote:

      Yes, the reason that you are getting 2 emails is because the app got reinstalled and I got my subscribers back. I am going to be deleting the app, and going instead to a different email service. I will delete that app later this week, but I want to give everyone a heads up first since the emails look so differently. The one that I’ll be keeping comes from Tania@50isnotold.com

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  11. Nadine wrote:

    Thank you so much. That’s exactly what I needed today.

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  12. Jennifer wrote:

    Thank you for these timely reminders.. life has thrown me a good amount of stress in the past few years but the Lord is faithful! ❤️Love these posts but especially the Sunday ones!

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  13. Janice C wrote:

    Thank you for reminding us that we are not alone and things are not hopeless when we’re under pressure.

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  14. Kim wrote:

    Thanks for the reminder to carry all our troubles to the LORD.

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  15. Donna wrote:

    Everyone should use those words as a foundation for life. Thank you! God bless you

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  16. Diane S. wrote:

    I love Phil. 4:6-7! My Mom used to quote that to me all the time in high school! Yay!

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  17. Kim Foster wrote:

    Thank you Tania! He’s speaking to me through this post. This is a great reminder that we should go to Him first.

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  18. Cheryll wrote:

    Very well said. We always try everything except going to the right Source for all answers.

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  19. Kate wrote:

    Thanks for this uplifting thought today.

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  20. Cheryl wrote:

    So good! Thank you for this. We all need to hear it!

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  21. Nicole wrote:

    That was wonderful thank you Tania… Needed your blog today. God bless you and your family.

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