How to Deal with Stress God’s Way

by amyhagerup on June 14, 2012

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How do you deal with stress? Imagine yourself on a narrow path carved into the side of this mountain. But you aren’t walking – you are riding a mule. You gently sway from side to side as the mule plods along the path. His steps are deliberate and with every advance, you know he has done this many times before and doesn’t question his own ability for success.

The path begins to get narrower and narrower. You feel like you are being squeezed on this mountain path, except that only one side has the protection of the mountain. You can even reach out and touch it, it is so close. But the other side is straight down! You gently lean a bit toward the mountainside on your left, somehow imagining that its solid presence so close can ensure your safety from the abyss on your right.

Just as you are comfortable with your reflective thoughts, you are jolted back to reality. Your blood turns ice cold as you see in front of you that the path is totally washed out. The mule is going to have to jump about a meter gap to continue on the path!

Suddenly you realize that your life is in the hands, or rather, the hoofs, of this mule!

Pause right here.

Can you feel the stress? Physically, your heart is pounding and you break out in a sweat. Your eyes widen (or maybe you close them!) and you grip the saddle tighter. You hold your breath . . .

This is what extreme stress feels like. It can be crushing you, day after day, and you feel you have no recourse to change it.

As a Christian mom, stress can overwhelm you . . just like I felt on that mule in Ethiopia. Listen as I tell the story here:

I’ve written an ebook with this story and more about how we can learn “God’s Remedy for Transforming Stress into Rest.” God has a plan to help us through our long term stress, if we will listen and obey.

The stress I felt on the mule that day high up in the mountains of Ethiopia was a short-term stress – one that is handled best by a quick cry heavenward!

Standing next to a stressful ledge

Here we are as newly-weds in 1975 standing next to one of those scary ledges on a mountain. (This was not the same trip in the story though.)

But long term stress is a bit trickier and more difficult to remedy, especially when it is something like an unfair boss, a rebellious child, abuse of any kind, impending deadline, unpaid bills piling up – or whatever is uppermost in your mind right now as you read this.

And as Christian moms, your standards are very high on how you should be responding to stressful situations as common as arguing children day in and day out. Right?

Many times you respond to stress in unhealthy ways and I have listed eight of them in the ebook. Read about 7 of them in this blogpost. (I later thought of an 8th one!) When you respond to stress in unhealthy ways, you are only “surviving” your days. Every day is just another one to make it through – however you can.

But handling stress in a healthy way, God’s way, puts you in “thriving” mode. And that’s where you want to be.

Oh yes – back to my story. What happened after the mule jumped? Well, that sounds to me like the beginnings of another great blog post. So do come back soon.

Leave a comment to share how you deal with stress and if you think it is a healthy way or an unhealthy way.

Next Action: Get your own copy of my ebook “God’s Remedy for Transforming Stress into Rest” and get on the narrow path to thriving amidst your stress, and dare I say, even resting!

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Jimmy Hendrous June 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

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Sarah Smith June 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I am so glad to see God put back into healing! This post was great!

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amyhagerup June 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Hi Sarah, Yes indeed! So glad you commented. Come again.

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Mel Thompson January 11, 2013 at 1:08 am

Learning how to deal STRESS in our lives is the first step, but the next step is how do you deal with properly! I like how Jesus tell us what the BEST WAY to handle the pressure of dealing with it: “Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on ME” (John 14:1 AMP).

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amyhagerup January 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Thanks for sharing that, Mel. Wow! I love John 14:1 in the amplified. My mom used to use the amplified all the time. I’ll have to check out that version online for other favorite verses.

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Helen Murray January 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Amy for wise words and inspiration. My heart speeded up just thinking about your mountain-side experience and I’ll be back to see how the jump went!
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amyhagerup January 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Helen. You made MY heart speed up just thinking again about that experience on the mountain! Hint: It has a good outcome. :) Blessings on your day, Helen.

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Cheryl Cope July 25, 2013 at 5:40 am

Sounds like the key is TRUST, but it can be difficult to do that sometimes even though God is perfectly trustworthy. Your book sounds very interesting. I’m sure it will bless lots of people.
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amyhagerup July 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Thanks, Cheryl. Yes, trust is the key but that is easier said than done. My daughter took a trip last week and we gave her our GPS to use, and she trusted it. But it took her into Chicago on the way home!!! So it also depends how trustworthy the object of our trust is!!! Blessings, Amy

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Cheryl Thomas July 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Loved the story. It drew me right into your blog. Thanks for sharing your life lessons with us!
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amyhagerup July 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Thanks, Cheryl. I sure appreciate your visiting and commenting. And your profile image is very attractive – makes me want to smile – and to know you better too. blessings, Amy

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