Better Ways To Replace Stress

How many of you remember the old commercial from Calgon? A woman is lying in a bathtub filled with water and lots of sudsy bubbles. She has had a rough day dealing with the house, the telephone, and the kids making messes. She then says those famous words, “Calgon, take me away!”

I have uttered those words many, many times in my life. I have even tried soaking in a huge tub of sudsy bubbles to see if they would wash away my stress. Instead of easing my stress level, it just gave me extra time to stew over whatever was bothering me, and it left me with dry skin. That was not the result I had hoped for.

Stress is something everyone has. Some people stress over everything, from what they want to eat for lunch, to what purse goes with their outfit. 🙋‍♀️ Others only stress over large things, such as being sick or having enough money to pay their bills.

Have you ever noticed all the sayings about stress?

  • Tough times never last, tough people do.
  • Storms never last
  • Keep calm, and carry on
  • Live more, stress less

Having stress, and fixing stress are two different issues. I have tried yoga, with meditation, to ease my stress levels. This is a calming exercise, and I enjoyed the relaxed mood I could achieve, but it was only a short-term fix. I needed a long-term fix, one that can work anywhere and anytime. Medications have become a really popular way of handling stress. Doctors write prescriptions for “happy pills” all the time. This is one of the only ways that some people can cope with everything that is happening in their lives. I’m thankful that I’m not in that category, and that I’ve finally tried something that works.

The only thing that really calms me is prayer. I know that the Lord hears me, and I know that He loves me. That in itself should be calming enough for anyone. Reread that sentence; He hears me, and He loves me. I admit that I forget that way too often. I will find myself worrying and stressing over things that I cannot change or fix. That is not my job, I am way underqualified for that position.

Here are some Bible verses to replace stress with faith:

  • Jeremiah 29:11 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.
  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
  • Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

There is a classic American joke that tells of a congressman who, when he solicits a constituent’s vote, learns that the man is planning to vote for his opponent. “But how can you do that?” the congressman objects. “Don’t you remember that time ten years ago when your business burned down, and I arranged for you to get a low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration? And what about the time when your daughter got in trouble with the police overseas, and I arranged for her to be released and sent back to the United States? And the time when your wife was sick, and I helped get her admitted to the special hospital she needed?” The voter answers, “That’s all true, but what have you done for me lately?”

Is this the message we send the Lord? What have you done for me lately? Do I only turn to Him in moments of distress?

Looking back over my life, I can see the Lord’s hand in so many ways. Knowing that He is always there for me and never leaves me puts my mind at ease and fills me with joy.

Stress may never completely leave my life. But counting my many blessings, and remembering all the Lord has already provided is better than a Calgon moment could ever be. And, my skin will be much happier.

To God Goes The Glory

Have a Blessed Day!

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  1. Aimee Spencer says:

    Tanya I am finally reading your message from Sunday!
    It’s bringing tears and laughter to me today!
    You are doing a terrific job. Your youngest Grandson
    is showing us evidence of everything you accomplish.
    He was adorable!
    I’m so lucky for your Blog every day! Thank you!

  2. Gardeningmama says:

    Thanks Tania – great reminder & great verses. Humor is a great stress defuser, great for lessening that feeling of Doom, relaxing the shoulders. Serenity prayer is a favorite – so much is just out of our control (especially w/adult kids). 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I could never make it without Jesus. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Bible reading is the key. Love all these verses

  4. I always enjoy what you write. You truly are a gifted writer, and then adding God’s words are so uplifting. Thank you Tania for this. Life can be stressful and fast paced, but I find when I’m in prayer or in God’s word, He slows things down and puts my mind in the right spot.

  5. Oh I so needed to hear that Tania… Thank you. That is in fact what I do. In the evening when I’m laying in my bed.. And I have stress in my mind… I talk to Him., That’s about the only way I can get to sleep. Thank you so much for sharing that.

    1. When I’m in bed, I do the same thing. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, and that’s when I do a lot of talking and praying.

  6. Denise Behrman says:

    thank you for this email! You have reminded me that prayer is important and Jesus is just a prayer away! You have so!! made my day!

    Christ’s Peace!


  7. thank you for these wonderful verses reminding us God is in control and is working all things for our good!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

  8. He is with us until the end of the age.
    His words make life easier and make me feel I can call Him when ever I need a calming moment.
    Also, counting my many blessings before my concerns. What a lift I get from remembering to be grateful.

  9. Tania, thanks for your timely post about stress. Trusting the Lord is so important in my life, and long days as a caregiver, I needed a reminder, He cares for me.

    1. I’m so glad it spoke to you. ❤️ Thanks for commenting!

  10. Thank you Tania. Perfect timing for this message, I needed this reminder today!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Holli. I’m happy you found the post helpful.

  11. Marianne M says:

    Amen! I live the fashion part of your blog, but I really love your Synday devotions. Thank you so much for keeping God in your blog!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Marianne. ❤️

      I’m glad you like the fashion and the Sunday posts! I do my best to keep Him in the center of it all.

  12. Sue McKamely says:

    Thanks, Tania, for another inspiring Sunday message.

    1. Don’t we all struggle with stress? Glad you enjoyed it.

  13. Thank you for your uplifting words today. Every scripture listed comes from my own list of favorites.

    1. Yes, those have to be some of my favorite scriptures to repeat when life gets stressful. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  14. Debra Lyons says:

    Thank you Tania. You referenced some of my favorite Bible verses. The Lord will do so much more than we can even imagine; if we ask!

  15. Tania, did you write this post for me?? It certainly was what I needed. Thank you for that. I am a big worrier and unfortunately I have given this trait to my daughter. I do believe and have faith that God listens and I try my best to just hand all of my worries and issues over to him. Again Thanks so much for this post

    1. I get it! Stress and worry is something we all struggle with. Glad you found today’s post helpful. ❤️

  16. You can’t imagine how much I needed to hear your message today. Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome. I am glad you found it helpful. ❤️

  17. I was out mowing my backyard this morning, and I thought, oh it is Sunday and I can go in and read Tanya’s post! I know she has something I need today.

    Thank you. Funny you should say that; I have been stressing over my health because I’ve jad vertigo this week. I know it’s getting better because I’ve been praying and the Lord has been taking good care of me.

    1. I have had vertigo before and I know how difficult it can be. I am glad to hear that you are starting to feel better. ❤️

  18. Mary Carol says:

    Oh yes…you are right on target with this one!! Prayer has helped me all of my life, more now than ever before.
    (I still use that phrase “Calgon, take me away.” It’s funny that today’s younger generation doesn’t even get it.)

    1. LOL, I’m still a “Calgon, take me away” girl too.

  19. God spoke to me thru you today. Thank you. All is Well. To God Goes The Glory.

    1. I’m glad you connected with it! ❤️

  20. Tamela Skaggs says:

    That was the very best Sunday Devotion I have read since following you. Thank you for every amount of effort/time that you put into that❤️

    1. Dianna smith says:

      I enjoy your messages so much and can relate to this one as I’m sure many women do! thankyou for all you do to make 50s not old a place where so many women can come together with like minded women for styles encouragement and the Word!

      1. Glad you enjoyed today’s post! Thank you, Dianna for taking the time to let me know that you enjoyed it. ❤️

    2. You are so welcome. ❤️

  21. Suzanne Herder says:

    Thanks for the very timely message and reminder.

  22. Beautiful message this morning. Prayers are so powerful. God never gives up on us ✝️

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! You are so right.

  23. Kelly Brooks says:

    Thank you. I really needed this today.

    1. Don’t we all struggle with stress? Glad you enjoyed it.

  24. Dana Smithmier says:

    Anxiety runs rampant in our family(: My grandmother, my mom, ME, both of my children and now i am seeing it in one of my very young grandsons. It is a very real thing. Some of us are medicated-some of us are not. I am a believer in the power of prayer and it is my defense! He loves me-this i know🙏

    1. Amen! We all struggle, but He is with us!

  25. Wonderful devotion! Thank you for sharing your heart! God bless!

    1. Thanks for reading the post and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate you!

  26. Violet L O'Brien says:

    Good morning, Tania…. I so look forward to your Sunday messages. You always have a perfect answer and the perfect scripture.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yes, those are some of my favorite scriptures too. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  27. Kimberley says:

    God bless you Tania. I look forward yo your Sunday messages.

    To God Goes the Glory!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Kimberley. ❤️

      I’m glad you like the Sunday posts! I do my best to keep Him in the center of it all.

  28. Thx Tania I needed to hear this today n days to come

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I appreciate you!