And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. ~Mosiah 4:27God never intended for us to kill ourselves by working ourselves to death. But I seem to choose to live my life this way in spite of this wise counsel. And I would bet I'm not the only one in this boat. I'm guessing there are many of you floating with me. We just don't let people know that we are about to sink.
I've known for a long time that something needs to change, but I just can't seem to figure out what to give up because I feel like every obligation I hold at this point is equally important. Does that sound familiar to anyone?
I don't have the answer on how to solve that dilemma. I'm working on it, but I don't have an answer. What I can tell you is how to get through it if you find yourself floating alongside me in this "stress" boat. You want to know what the secret is? Let me tell you...
Yes, I said prayer.
This morning as I knelt by my bed, I just gave it all over to the Lord. All of it. And I have to do that every. single. day. Or else I won't make it.
There is a healing and powerful stress relieving power that comes with the physical action of getting on your knees, bowing your head, folding your arms, closing your eyes, and pouring out your heart and soul to a higher person... one who has a personal investment in you and your success... Why does God have a personal investment in you and in me? Because He created us. And because of that, He loves us and has our well-being ever on His mind. How do I know this? Because of the many experiences I have had where I have felt the comforting touch of His hand on my shoulders, lifting my burdens as I pour out my heart and soul to Him in reverent pleading.
This morning was one of those experiences. As I knelt there, I expressed my gratitude for things I am grateful to Him for. As I did that, the tears came and washed my cheeks as they trickled onto my bed. I just needed Him to know. And I needed Him to hear me ask for His help. Because the things I need to do, I cannot do without Him. When I arose the weight was lighter. I realized once again the strength that comes with exercising faith and truly trusting God to hear and answer our prayers. I turned it all over to Him. He knows I need help. Now I need to keep putting one foot in front of the next, moving forward, and watching for the ways He will help me. The help will come. I know it may not be today, but it will be when I need it. That is what faith is. Truly. How grateful I am for faith. How does anyone survive without it? I really cannot comprehend that reality. To think of that just makes me sad.
So if you haven't prayed in a while. Truly prayed. Do it. It feels good. The more you do it, the more you will find relief from the cares and stresses of the world. You may not be able to fully rid yourself of stress, but you can manage it and you can endure it. Prayer is good medicine for that.