“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light – for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.” ~ Ephesians 5:8-9
Being in darkness is part of the human condition. While striving to live in the light, the Ephesians were a work-in-progress. Paul was encouraging them, but it was likely pretty stressful.
Stress was prevalent in our lives long before COVID-19 arose. Add in the isolation and other negative aspects of this pandemic and is there any wonder that stress levels might rise?
THIS two-pager called “5 Things You Should Know About Stress” suggests 1: Stress affects everyone. 2: Not all stress is bad. 3: Long-term stress can harm your health. 4: There are ways to manage stress. 5: If you’re overwhelmed by stress, ask for help from a health professional.
With an action focus on #4 above – including some of their suggestions – here are some Christian Playbook adaptations for dealing with stress:
- Would it surprise you to have us say “follow the Christian Playbook?” Time spent with a focus on God in devotionals, praying, music, study and sharing love really brightens the day! Loads of good materials available on the Christian Playbook website!
- Exercise for 30 minutes per day
- Consider meditation or breathing exercises at regular times. A FREE session is HERE
- Set goals and priorities by deciding what must get done now and what can wait
- Stay connected with people who can provide emotional support and practical help – call a friend or family member every day
- Avoid the urge to follow the 24/7 news cycle!!
- Enjoy the hours of light-hearted material available for FREE on YouTube – a few examples are HERE in this CP playlist, including Johnny Carson and Betty White as Adam & Eve HERE
- Listen to calming music (many Christian songs HERE)
PRAYER: God, our prayers rise up to you for those feeling toxic stress in these challenging days. Be with them and with the family members and mental health care professionals working with them. May the peace that passeth all understanding be with us all, this day and always…
POSSIBLE ACTION: Consider sharing this email/post with someone who might appreciate receiving the support during these stressful days
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
While finishing thoughts on this posting, the opportunity for one last walk for the day brought me to sidewalk art just down the street, including this one (see more of their artwork HERE) Thanks neighbors!
- For People Critically Ill, or Facing Great Uncertainty – from ANZPB (bottom of first page shown HERE)
- Lenten Prayer by Rev. Dr. LP Jones: opportunities to read or listen
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, March 22, 2020:
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