Do You Need Stress Relief ? Part 1

Do you need STRESS RELIEF?

Are you stressed? Is there something weighing on your mind? Is there some inner conflict? Is there something happening in your life and you don’t know how things will work out? You are not alone! At some point in time everyone experiences a certain degree of stress. Feelings actually lets you know that you are still here! A small amount of stress is actually healthy. It keeps you on your toes and motivates you to shift. Do you need stress relief?

Life today can be quite complex at times. There are many pressures on varying diverse levels, more so at times for some. You can actually worry yourself sick. To name a few stress affects your happiness, brings on acne, hair loss, weight gain, weight loss, high blood pressure, panic attacks, anxiety, impacts your sex drive as well as hampers your infertility.

If you are experiencing a significant amount of stress don’t wait until you are completely over whelmed to find some relief. Conflict and stress are a normal part of life. If your patience is getting close to nil know; you are reaching your limit. Don’t wait until you explode and get really angry to express yourself. This will only further complicate the situation. While angry and out of control you say and do things that can be destructive. Begin to shift.

Stress is defined as; “Forces from the outside world impinging on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life that can help us learn and grow. Conversely, stress can cause us significant problems.

Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee). If we don’t take action, the stress response can lead to health problems. Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress.” medicine net.com

When you are stressed it becomes difficult to respond properly. Many often become verbally or emotionally abusive. Sometimes they respond physically in an inappropriate manner. This is because they lack proper coping skills. When stressed you can often become tense. It may be harder to concentrate. You may even get a headache or your heart begins to race. This is a clear indication that YOU NEED to shift. Here is something that will help you. Imagine a cup of ice cubes being slowly yet gently poured over your head. Allow yourself to feel the coolness of the ice gently melting over you. Begin to Allow your anger to subside. Please! STOP! & Think before you respond!

S STOP!

T THINK!

R REFOCUS!

E ENERGIZE

S STAY

S SAFE!

“BE STILL & KNOW!”

GIVE GOD HIS place in your life! Instead of staying tethered to your pain; Today spend some quality time with the LORD in HIS WORD!
“HE WILL KEEP You in PERFECT PEACE when Your mind is STAYED on HIM…”

When the pressures of life begin to get to you it is important that you get a grip on your emotions. No, I am not saying go into denial. However you feel is important. Your feelings need to be validated. Depression will result if you don’t. Depression is anger turned inside! When it gets to this point you may need professional help!

Seek out resources for anger management if you have out of control behavior. Quite often you have learned some unhealthy dynamics that need to be changed. You can break this cycle. It may be hard for you to just say how you are feeling without being so angry. Your anger is a clear indication that you are also hurting. This will often result in something or someone triggering your anger and setting you “off.” If this is the case know that you are being controlled by remote. Learn how to stay “on” track!

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TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN

TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN

Nourish Your soul

True beauty emanates from deep within your soul. It is not superficial. It is the inner you that is not always readily apparent. It goes beyond the epidermis yet at times remains reflective upon your countenance. Daily begin to embrace the WORD of GOD for it spiritually nourishes us and will replenish your soul. It is bursting with a wealth of wisdom that will make your heart glow. It is necessary spiritual food for our mind, body and soul. Your soul is the essence of who you really are. It lives forever. Each of us has been given a unique inborn temperament by God. Our personality is composed of the various experiences we encounter in life it begins to develop in infancy. It is also a covering for your soul.

“GOD is LOVE!”

God’s Love is steadfast and genuine. When properly nurtured His love becomes deeply embedded into the fabric of who we are. We each have been created by God for a purpose. It is important to get to know our Creator on a personal level. It is within an up close intimate relationship with him we grow spiritually.

I truly understand more each day why the Lord tells us to “hide His Word within our hearts, so we might not sin against Him… Only God can see into our hearts! “Man looks on the outside. But God looks at the heart.” As believers His Holy Spirit resides within us. He knows us totally from the inside out. Sin is anything that separates us from God. It is in our best interest to readily “REPENT” of any sin so we can stay connected to the Lord.

Life brings about a plethora of varied experiences, some bad, some good some just are simply incredible! Life is about learning how to sin less. We should want to remain connected to the Lord.

The Blessings of the Word of God

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His statues and seek Him with ALL their heart.” Blessed means to be happy and consecrated by God. God did not intend for His Word to just become mere letters on a papyrus (paper). He meant for it to become ALIVE within our soul to feed us and nourish us spiritually and emotionally so we can daily walk in His precepts. To help us go through whatever life presents to us, Blessed! One can then say Hallelujah Anyhow! The JOY of the Lord remains with us when we allow HIM to be our strength!

It is often said “What comes from the heart goes to the heart.” Many quote this as Scripture. Yet, this actually is a quote given to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. There is a heartfelt sincerity when one speaks from the wellspring of their heart. It is important that we learn how to guard our hearts.

A strong fervent prayer life is important

“Our FATHER, Give us today our daily bread…”

Knowing God intimately makes all the difference in the world. The sooner you start the better. Tomorrow is not promised therefore we do not know what a day may bring. Your relationship with the Lord will help immensely in later years. It will preserve you and help keep your soul refreshed and renewed. Knowing and believing the fact that God is Omnipresent and always with you is a precious TRUTH. When you fully embrace this you won’t feel lonely even when you are alone. It is important to have our priorities right.
We can emerge triumphantly and rise above whatever has happened, is happening or will happen.

It is through the many experiences we encounter in life we grow. How well we fair through those experiences can help strengthen us. Some experiences can be difficult. It is important that we are not embittered by those experiences. When things are unpleasant we must learn to face them responsibly. This is how we build character. There are times in life that we will encounter difficult people.

Spiritual growth

Life itself takes on a form of beauty when you access your heart’s wellspring. That is when you have learned to “Hide the WORD of GOD within your heart!” You will perceive things differently. As you grow spiritually your soul is revived as well. You live to daily embrace the TRUTH of GOD’S WORD! You do not just go along with the majority in order to accepted You realize the value in self-discipline. Spiritual growth comes from spending time with God, knowing His Word and applying it to your life daily. Your soul is the essence of who you really are. It is the heart of you. It is where TRUE BEAUTY lies as you remain connected to the Lord!

Prayer is an important part of life. It is being in an intimate conversation with God the Father our Creator. You can Pray out loud. You can Pray without uttering a word. You can even “Pray without Ceasing” which is being in a spiritual God Centered mindset.

God knows who we are and who belongs to HIM! When you are truly HIS you can expect much spiritual warfare on this side of heaven. Yet we don’t fight like the world does… Because “our weapons are not carnal…” This is why it is so important to get to know Jesus as your personal SAVIOR! There is an inner peace that comes from knowing who you are in Christ Jesus. You are His Child, but you are not childish. You continually seek ways to grow without conforming to the standards of this world.

The importance of having Jesus in your daily life!

Know this about Jesus! “He was born of the Virgin Mary He lived a sinless, life and was crucified, died and was buried, but he AROSE with ALL power.” Yes, He is ALIVE and so is HIS WORD! HIS WORD is our SWORD; it is sharper than any two edge sword. (Two edged swords are used by man.) GOD’S SWORD is sharper and more powerful! Whenever a trial comes our way we must learn to STAND on the WORD of GOD.

When necessary GOD WILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLES. His weapons are not carnal. We on the other hand must KNOW HIM and the POWER of JESUS CHRIST through HIS WORD! We never become the power we just gain access. During a battle we want to make sure our inner beauty is not suppressed. It is still possible for it to shine through… This is why we meditate, pray and ask to be filled daily. He has given us the gift of HIS HOLY SPIRIT as our COMFORTER! This is also what helps us to discern. He has promised to “never leave nor forsake us!”

Whatever comes our way in life know that our true beauty comes from deep within. Yes, we can wear beautiful clothes but that does not make us beautiful. It is merely a style or clothing we select to cover our bodies. Each of us have or should develop our own style. What is beautiful is when are adorned with the Spiritual Armor of the Lord regardless as to what we put on. It helps us to protect who we are in the Lord. It reflects His presence in our lives. It also helps to deflect the fiery darts that are often thrown at us.

True Beauty

True beauty is not worn it cannot be put on or taken off. It is from this rich place deep inside a wellspring comes forth. Here one discovers and retrieves the veiled beauty that has been pre positioned in one’s soul. It is within the depths of our soul one can encounter this precious internal, eternal fountain! That brings forth and emits a deeper beauty that has been coded into our souls by our Creator. It was knitted into us before we were in our mother’s wound.

God has made us tri-dimensionally. We are body, mind and soul! We are created in His image!

“For you created my inner most being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. ALL the days for me were ordained…” Psalm 139

Yes, there is also a surface beauty that one can see but sometimes you will find that it does not always go deep. This is the case when it is not embedded into the essence of one’s soul. I Peter says, that in order for our beauty not to fade away it has to come from our “ inner self, the unfading beauty of a quiet gentle spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” This does not mean one has to become silent or passive, rather it is quite proactive. It comes from a deep place that yields discipline and self-control. It is when we put our Hope and Trust in the Lord we can discover the True beauty that is deep inside, that beauty that comes from deep within! Yet, it is reflected in our lives and upon the countenance of our faces! “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers…” Make spending time with the Lord a priority.

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