ES­CAPE STRESS

Activated - - NEWS - By Chloe West Chloe West is an Amer­i­can writer.

How of­ten do we fi­nally reach a state of peace­ful con­tent­ment and then wish we could hang out a sign that says, “Do not disturb”?

Of course we can’t pre­vent dis­tur­bances or stress­ful sit­u­a­tions, but when they come, the Bi­ble says God can give us peace in­side. “You will keep him in per­fect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, be­cause he trusts in You.” If

1 we turn to Je­sus, He will give us peace. If we are spend­ing time talk­ing with Him in prayer, read­ing His words, or even just think­ing about Him, the Bi­ble says the re­ward is peace.

At times it may seem im­pos­si­ble for us to re­main peace­ful in­side. Just cop­ing may be dif­fi­cult. But Je­sus is the Prince of Peace and He says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be trou­bled, nei­ther let it be afraid.” So when you feel like hang­ing a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your

2 fore­head, re­mem­ber He has a spe­cial brand of peace—eter­nal, deep, tan­gi­ble. And it’s avail­able for the ask­ing.

1. Isa­iah 26:3

2. John 14:27

3. See Mark 4:35–41.

Stress is the trash of mod­ern life— we all gen­er­ate it but if you don’t dis­pose of it prop­erly, it will pile up and over­take your life. —Terri Guillemets (b. 1973), Amer­i­can quo­ta­tion an­thol­o­gist

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