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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: Conquering the World
By Brenda Welc
07/07/07


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Bravely facing fears. Courageously combating enemies. Defeating demons bigger than I. Not always confident I will make it through another day of battling. This is what I do every morning when I find myself crawling out of bed to face another day of life here in my simple world. Parenting, working and dealing with the day to day events in my small little world can be very stressful. Children, as wonderful as we all know they can be, have a way of getting into every nook and cranny of our nervous system causing us to loose our cool from time to time. Work is the environment where I struggle the most. I work in the fast paced world of fast food and the persons I deal with everyday are enough to make a grown woman sneak away to the freezer and scream a the top of her lungs at least three times a week.

In this life it is always something. Kids need help with relationships at school or you forgot to wash their favorite pair of jeans and now their whole day is ruined. Coworkers are freaking out because someone called in sick and now their job just got a little harder for the shift. A freak rain storm begins to brew outside your window as you scramble to get back outside and take down the laundry you just spent an hour putting on the line to dry. You receive a phone call that someone needs you to help out at the PTA carnival and you know saying no would not be something you would do. Life comes at you fast and from every possible direction, often we struggle with how to handle certain situations to produce a favorably outcome.

How many times have you been thrown into a situation you feel you just have no control over? All the preparedness in the world does not make you ready for what is happening. What do you do to appease the panic you begin to feel in your stomach? Why are you always the one placed in the position of making things right and settling the situation? This is were stress levels raise to uncontrollable peaks. You want to run and hide from your life. You find yourself without a way out and no one to turn to for help. You try to hide the fact you are slowly losing the battle of staying a float in this manic situation, however you are not fooling anyone.

This is where you need God. He holds the most precious peace for you whenever you need it. In the back of your mind you know God is there. You know with great assurance that the peace you need is yours for the asking but when stress begins to brew you get so caught up in the upheaval you are unable to see God is standing right there. Why do we allow ourselves to get so far into a situation we fail to see what is provided for us? Why wait until the end of the day to pray for peace? What is preventing us from stopping the stress by just saying a few words of prayer right in the middle of the situation? It doesn’t have to be out loud, it can just be said inside your head. It can even be a peaceful song you start to sing in your mind as you deal with the situation. Another destresser is to learn a meaningful Bible verse and begin reciting it over and over in your head until calmness enters the moment.

We hold in our minds the power to prevail over anything life throws at us. How we prepare ourselves for battle is different for everyone but the principle concept is the same for all involved. Open your Bible. Listen to what God is giving you. Use the concepts learned as your weapons against stress. So what if coworkers or customers look at you strangely if you break out singing the lyrics to your favorite Christian song, you will be happier for it. Build up your stress immune system by studying the Bible and learning ways to combat situations before they reach their full stress potential. With help from our Creator you will be able to wake up in the morning quiet, cool and confident you can tackle anything the world has to throw at you.


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Dee Yoder 07/13/07
I found myself nodding my head over and over again as I read, agreeing with you through-out your article! Thanks for giving me many things to think about as I go on my way in MY little world!
Beth LaBuff 07/15/07
You've captured the essence of parenting here (along with other thoughts). This is a good summary statement, "With help from our Creator you will be able to wake up in the morning quiet, cool and confident you can tackle anything the world has to throw at you." Thank you for writing this.
dub W07/16/07
This is a sermon, a pretty good one, and great comment for parents. Nonetheless, the tone and second person make it a sermonlike comment. Will work well with a church group.
Sara Harricharan 07/18/07
Devotional material, definitely! You don't talk down to your reader, and you make it so easy to relate to the topic. Great job! This was well written and encouraging. ^_^
Trevas Walker07/18/07
A very well written devotional, and with content that everyone can easily relate to. Great Job!
Kristen Hester07/18/07
A nice devotional. I can so relate to the feelings expressed here.
Patty Wysong07/18/07
lots to think about here! I like the concept of 'stress immune system'. :D
Catrina Bradley 07/18/07
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this message. :)
Joanne Sher 07/19/07
This is absolutely wonderful. Excellent writing - and every word is so true and convicting!