Two Ways to Find Rest When Stressed

When in misery, it is very tempting to resign and pull back in anger and frustration. However, the best way to find rest when stressed is to look up to the Lord and set our minds and hearts to wait for His help and deliverance.

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7 NIV)

Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at Medium.com for Devotable about two ways to find rest when stressed.

A phone call with my mum turned my morning preparations for a good and productive day upside down. She could barely speak, explaining that she had a crisis of strong vertigo, rendering her helpless in bed.

My hands trembled with anxiety and frustration. This was another problem in the long strain of difficult situations that had been wearing me down for months.

I cried out in utter frustration, “Please, Lord, give me a break, I simply can’t take it anymore! I am completely depleted and just want to rest.”

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Two Ways to Find Rest When Stressed

Have you been there, friend? When you are near to despair, asking every day, “How long, oh Lord, how long?” When you don’t have the strength to carry another burden, to solve one more problem, to meet one more need?

When in misery, it is very tempting to resign and pull back in anger and frustration. However, the best way to find rest when stressed is to look up to the Lord and set our minds and hearts to wait for His help and deliverance.

This is exactly what the prophet Micah declares amid Israel’s misery: “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7 NIV)

The best way to find rest when stressed is to look up to the Lord and set our minds and hearts to wait for His help and deliverance. @devotableapp #rest #stressrelief #encouragement Click To Tweet

Watching in Hope for the Lord

How do we watch in hope for the Lord?

We do this when we decide to look up to Him and bring our burdens and problems immediately to God in prayer. He stands by our side, longing to hear us and ready to help.

Read the rest of the post at Medium.com and be strengthened and encouraged.

Your Turn

What are the false comforters you run to when you are stressed? If this devotion has encouraged you, please share it on social media so it can encourage others. Thanks!

If we want to find rest and peace of mind amidst life's challenges, all we need to do is to run to Him first, confident of His providence, love, and intimate care.  @devotableapp #peace #anxietyrelief #encouragement Click To Tweet
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8 Replies to “Two Ways to Find Rest When Stressed”

  1. This ministered to my soul today, friend! I relate so well to your experience of feeling like hard things keep coming at you. I think when it seems like it’s one hard thing after another it’s especially tempting to pull back in anger and frustration. I appreciate your gentle and hope filled reminder this morning. Thank you! I

    1. Thanks so much, Patti! Yes, sometimes it feels simply too much. I am glad the post spoke to you and encouraged you.

    1. Thanks a lot, Gina! Yes, focusing on God and His words truly makes all of the difference by changing our perspective and ushering us in His peace.

  2. Thank you for starting this conversation. I’ve had hard times where pulling back in anger and frustration have been my default. I appreciate the reminder that there’s power in taking a moment to “set our minds and hearts” in the right place.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ana! I hope for me and you that it becomes easier for us to set our minds and hearts in the right place.

  3. Focusing on God makes all the difference! When I turn my focus on Him instead of myself and my situation, I am filled with a sense of peace. Thank you for the reminder!

    1. You are welcome! Thanks for sharing your experience. It is the same with me: my peace depends on the focus of my thoughts. Focusing them on God is the step in the right direction.

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