Tuesday, December 17, 2013

10 Biblical Stress Reducers

As always, the Bible is relevant to our lives today.  Here are biblical principles that are guaranteed to reduce your stress.

1. Sing a favorite song.      
Ephesians 5:19:  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. . .

Ps. 13:6:  I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

2. Be still; slow down.    
Ps. 37:7:  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.

Ps. 46:10:  Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

3. Take quiet time for yourself with the Lord each day.
Isaiah 40:31:  Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles.  They will run and not get tired.  They will walk and not become weary.

4. Laugh a lot.                
Prov. 17:22: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Rom 12:15: Rejoice with those who rejoice. . .

5. Simply your life; get rid of "stuff."                       
Matt. 6:19:  Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

Luke 12:15:  A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

6. Remember the good things and good times.        
Ps. 77:11:  I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

Phil 4:8:  Whatever is true, noble, right, pure lovely admirable – excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

7. Talk less.  Listen more.                                 
James 1:19:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

8. Talk to yourself encouragingly.
Ps. 42:5, 11:  Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Repeatedly ask yourself:  What difference will this make in 24 hours?

9. Live in today.
Matt. 6:34:  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

10. Don't worry!                                                       
Matt. 6:27:  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Phil. 4:6:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Prov. 12:25:  An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

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