Category: Stress

Fall Reflection

This is the time for Fall reflection. Are you pleased with the way you invested your time and energies so far this year? Are there changes you need to make in your lifestyle as we move into Fall? Do you need to drop some activities and add others? Family, church, vocation, and neighbors are all important. The key word is ‘balance’. The greatest satisfaction in life is in investing your life in the lives of others. But you also need to take care of yourself. Proper food, sleep, and recreation keep the body strong. A daily quiet time with God, and weekly involvement with other Christians energizes the spirit. Could a minor change in your lifestyle make a major difference in your effectiveness?

A Man’s Life does not Consist in the Abundance of His Posessions

In today’s world, many people are suffering from the pain of debt. Others are troubled with the upheavals of the financial markets. Let me remind you of the words of Jesus: “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” If you understand that truth it will change your life forever. Real satisfaction is found not in money, but in loving relationships with God, our spouse, children and friends. Loving relationships are our greatest assets. Most of us could live with less money, and may of necessity have to do so. But, if that helps us focus on relationships, then we still come out winners. Why not have a family ‘soup’ night – eat only soup and crackers and thank God that you are alive and together.

Q&A: Managing Stress Healthily in a Marriage

Q: Do stress and anxiety cause intimacy problems? I just don’t feel like the same person I was earlier in our marriage.

Gary Chapman: It is true that all of us have some level of stress. Anxiety, on the other hand, is a different matter. That’s the word we often use when we really mean worry. We are worrying when we are spinning our wheels and getting nowhere. This will affect intimacy in our marriage. It’s going to affect the whole of life because we are going to have a much more negative attitude toward life. All of us have a stress level and we need to learn how to handle it. The biblical challenge is to pray instead of worrying. And then the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds.