Today's guest blogger is Stacie Gibson. Stacie is a wife and mom of four kids from New York. She serves alongside her husband, Matt at Grace Baptist Church, Dansville NY where they both are certified biblical counselors. Stacie is certified with ACBC and IABC and loves sharing God’s Word with women. In her “free time” you will find her homeschooling her children, reading, and spending time with her family.
If you stand for any length of time
in the grocery store line, you will see magazines of all sorts with articles
that get our attention on how women can live a stress free life. Articles that may say something like this: “10 ways to become stress free” or “How to
live a stress free life and still have it all.” These articles intrigue us because presently,
more than ever, women are living in a constant state of busyness and we want to
know what the “professionals” have to say so we can find relief.
As I sit here and write this blog,
I am reminded that almost 13 years ago to this day, I found myself struggling
with depression that stemmed from living a very busy life. I was 28 years old,
had a husband that worked full time plus
attended school in the evenings for his job,
I was raising a 7 month old baby all while working full time at a bank. I felt that I had to keep up this way of life
because we wanted the best for our kid(s) and I wasn’t willing to give up our
life of comfort. I bought into the lie that I could be super woman, but in all
reality, I didn’t have true contentment that only comes for the Lord.
The world shouts to us that “You can have it
all! You can have kids, a beautiful home, a successful career, teach Sunday School,
volunteer to coach soccer, and a husband (who ends up taking the back seat).” All these things are good things, but living a
life that functions this way can become a recipe for disaster because no human
being can “do it all.” Eventually, we will
run out of steam like I did, spiraling into depression and despair.
Most women are stressed at some point in their
life and some just live in continual day to day chaos. Sometimes, the stress is
due to circumstances beyond their control, but sometimes, they live in commotion
because of consequences due to their own choices. We say we are content with what God has given
us and yet, we still long for more. So,
how can we live a life of peace and quiet?
Thankfully, we don’t have to buy Good
Housekeeping to find out how to relieve stress! God’s Word has answers and
hope for a soul that is in turmoil in Psalm 131.
King David knew a thing or two about
day to day stress. His life was far from ordinary! If you read Psalm 131, you will hear the cries
of David’s heart coming out in this Song of Ascent. David
is coming to the Lord in humility and asking Him to check is heart for pride
and wrong motives, but mostly David wants to put his hope and trust in God.
“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me
O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever more.”
When we live a lifestyle that is
surrounded with stress and busyness, we need to ask the Lord as David did to
see if our hearts and eyes are not lifted in up pride and self exaltation. Are
we getting ourselves in over our head and occupying days filled with things too
great and too marvelous for the wrong reason? Do we think that we can really “have it all”
and have peace in our soul? When we take
on another shift at work because we need more money for “stuff”, become over
committed in ministry because we think we can do it better, or running our kids
to every activity because we want them to have every experience, we are not
trusting in the Lord and His Word for our life. Instead, we end up exalting
ourselves and get stressed out.
David says in order for us to live
a life that is calm and quiet, we are to lift our eyes to the hills and know
that our help comes from the Lord, not in a full schedule. God wants us to quiet
our restless heart and be content with what He has entrusted to us. Most of us
have no idea what quiet looks like, but David describes it as a weaned child
that has full dependence and contentment resting in the arms of his mother. Are you trusting in God today or are you complaining
against Him by keeping yourself so busy with things too great and too marvelous
for your life?
Psalm 131 should give us great hope
that we don’t need to search far to find true peace and contentment. The
Psalmist says in 119:36-37 to “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to
selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life
in your ways.” Turn to God’s instruction and He will give you life in His ways
if you just trust the One that is faithful.
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