19, October 2019

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‘Stress Fractures’

‘He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak.’ Isaiah 40:29 TLB

Sports Illustrated magazine says, ‘Stress fractures begin when the shocks and strains of playing game after game create tiny cracks in outer layers of bone. When those cracks become large enough to cause severe pain, they are known as stress fractures.

If you’ve ever had a stress-fractured mind, you can relate. It eats at you by day and keeps you awake at night. And if you try to ‘medicate’ it with alcohol, or drugs, or an affair, or overeating, or a hyperactive lifestyle, it gets worse. What should you do?

(1) Change your focus. ‘Come to Me… and I will give you rest… Let me teach you… and you will find rest for your souls.’ (Matthew 11:28–29 NLT) ‘He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak… they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.’ (Isaiah 40:29–31 TLB) Instead of struggling alone with the burden, share it with the burden-bearer and let Him strengthen you.

(2) Lighten up! ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine.’ (Proverbs 17:22 NIV) Don’t make such a big deal out of everything! Lighten up and laugh more, especially at yourself! Do you even remember the last time you enjoyed a good laugh? Accept your imperfections. Let some stuff go. Stop trying to be Wonder Woman or Superman. Get away for some fun. Yes, you need fun too! Cancel some of your not-so-important meetings. If you want things to change, you will have to change them. Today talk to God; He knows how to heal stress fractures.

SoulFood: 1 Tim 4–6, John 5:31–47, Ps 126, Pro 24:10

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

19, October 2019

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