Thanksgiving—the Antidote to Stress
By Julie Morris -
Stress makes us sick. There’s no doubt about it. When we couple stress and negative emotions with poor nutrition and other unhealthy habits, we have a recipe for sickness and disease. Lots of us are stressed out. In the United States we consume five billion tranquilizers, five billion barbiturates, three billion amphetamines and sixteen tons of aspirin every year
Are you suffering from stress? Want to learn the antidote that I discovered years ago?
It’s thanksgiving! Let me tell you how to give thanks even when you’re all stressed out.
In Isaiah 40, God gives us 6 reasons to thank Him. Go through the 6 P’s, thanking God for each one. By the time you get to the last P, you will feel better. This really works so give it a try!
1. Thank God for His PRESENCE.
God the Father is over us–Isaiah 40:22 NIV “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.”
God the Son is next to us–Isaiah 40:11 NIV “He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
God the Holy Spirit is inside of us–Isaiah 40:29 NIV “He gives strength to the weary.”
Thank God that He is with you as you face your stressful circumstances.
2. Thank God for His POWER.
Isaiah 40:10 NIV “See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him.”
“Sovereign” means that God is King of kings and Lord of lords. Everything that happens to us passes through His fingers first. He has all power so thank Him that He has the power to help you.
3. Thank God for His PLAN.
Isaiah 40:13 NIV “Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor.”
God knows what He is doing even if we don’t understand His plan. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV tells us what His plant is: ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
God has good plans for you so thank Him!
4. Thank God for His PURPOSE.
Isaiah 40:5 NIV “And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.”
No pain is wasted in God’s economy. When we endure trials by relying on the Lord, His glory is revealed in us. That means that our trials can work out to be a good thing. There are advantages of adversity, for example, adversity helps us to…
- Seek God.
- Help others.
- Experience God’s power.
- Mature in our faith.
- Be disciplined (not spoiled children).
- Bring glory to God (when we tell others how He is helping us).
5. Thank God for His PRIZE.
Isaiah 40:10 NIV “See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.”
God will reward us! Sometimes we have to wait until heaven for our reward, but we can be certain that we will receive it!
6. Thank God for His PROMISES.
Isaiah 40:8 NIV “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
God’s Word is true. Memorize the promises that encourage you most. Put them on your mirror, refrigerator and the dashboard of your car. Thank God for His promises to you, but be sure not to ignore the commands that come with them!
I would love to help you to give thanks this Thanksgiving. Comment below if you want personal help.