Stress Less

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As a caregiver, some of your tasks are simply routine. Others are more demanding. But, most of the time they’re do-able. It’s the heart you put into those tasks that makes them them true acts of caring.

Because you care…you feel every discouraging experience deeply. Because  you serve each day with hope…your emotional highs are higher, and your lows are  lower.

It is in those stressful times that our LORD offers both new insight and his life-renewing support.

The Psalmist wrote, “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) While we may or may not shed tears, we all know the stress of sleepless struggles. And “linger” may be too mild a word to describe our stress. An older translation says that they “endure”. But both translations agree that “joy comes in the morning.”

Before our “weeping” can give way to “joy”, our loving LORD offers to make clear the cause of our “weeping” and give us the grace to surrender to his life-fulfilling joy.

Prayer – Help me, LORD, to learn from my stressful times, and lead me to your joy. Amen

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

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