How to Overcome Worry and Stress

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During the holiday season, there are many things that can cause us to feel anxious. We face a lot of challenges that can make us doubt ourselves and think, “Can I really do this? Can I really keep up with this schedule? Can I really get everything ready in time? Can I really get through another holiday season without my loved one? Can I really treat that relative like I’ve forgiven them after what they did to me?” Now, this is where I’m supposed to tell you, “You’re gonna make it! You can do it!” Because that’s what we want to hear, right? I mean, we’re always looking to be reassured that we’re capable, that we’re smart enough, that we’re strong enough, that we’re good enough. But the truth is if I told you you were gonna make it, you might listen to me, but you might not. But the good news is that there’s someone I know that, when He tells you you’re gonna make it, you can believe He knows what He’s talking about.

I know that some people think that choosing to believe God forces us to let go of reality—to ignore the facts. But I believe that God Himself is a realist. You see, God knows when we can do it and when we can’t. So many people will just keep pushing this idea that if you just work hard enough, or you just try long enough, you can do anything. But the truth is as humans we are finite beings. We all have our limits, but God doesn’t. There have been so many times where I’ve cried out to God, saying, “God, I can’t do this! This is too hard!” And He has gently replied, “You’re right. You can’t handle that, but I can. Give it to Me. Let Me help you.” When you take the time to slow down, to wait on God, to read His Word, to listen for His voice, you’ll find that He is your strength. When you choose to put your complete trust—your faith—in Him, you’ll find that He is right there beside you, helping you to carry the weights of life.

God even went so far as to carry our greatest burden on His shoulders when Jesus died on the cross. He knew that redemption was impossible for us to achieve alone, and so He did the heavy lifting for us. If He loves us that much, you can trust that He loves us enough to carry today’s burdens as well. Whatever is causing you to look forward with fear or anxiety or doubt, lay that at the feet of Jesus, because He cares for you.

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