Dump the bucket! In His Word 9-16-19

Dailies ~ in His Word
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We are too blessed to be stressed!

There is a song that runs through my heart and mind from time to time, part of it says; “Oh my God, I trust in thee, let me not be afraid not let my enemies triumph over me…”
This song helps me through times of doubt and frustration because it reminds me that I can trust my God to fight for me to get rid of what would hinder me, or stress me out. Because He loves me!

It is so easy to pick up a stress bucket and dump in on our heads some days. We can choose to worry and fret over and about the silliest things and really make them feel big. Oh, we don’t always do it intentionally but sometimes it is easier to dump the bucket of stress on our heads instead of tossing it in the trash where it belongs.
After all there is nothing in life that we cannot handle with the help of God our Lord and Savior. We just have to decide to let Him deal with it and not freak out over whatever the problem is.
Yes, I know it is easier said than done, because, after all, I do not know what you go through and you do not know what I go through; but God does.

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.Galatians3:8-9
He gave us the Word of God, known as our Bible to show us that He knows.
He had it written to encourage us. He spoke it into the hearts and minds of the writers who penned and inked it to share with the world.  God wants us to know that He gave us peace, abundant peace! He wants us to be blessed, not stressed!
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Ephesians 1:2-4
It is our choice, once we believe that God by His grace gave us peace, and love, and joy unspeakable then we can trust Him to take care of the things that come into our lives to annoy, or hinder us in our walk with Him.
He saved us from all those things that would cause us stress, and He instead gives us reason to believe we are blessed! He took our stress buckets and dumped them out on the cross!

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,…teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14

It is a matter of choice, it is a matter of observance and it is a matter of telling ourselves and God that we will trust Him who redeemed us from those stressful things and gave us peace. So to be blessed we must accept the peace that passes understanding that calms our hearts, and calms the sea, that brings hope to the sick and the healthy as well!
We hold it in our own heart and mind to be blessed! So dump out the bucket in the trash and fill it up with peace! 
Now maybe I am odd, but to me peace feels like empty air space.  It’s as if there is nothing there to damage, hinder, or annoy me, just peace. It feels clean, clear and cool.
Today let’s choose peace, and drop the stress. Let’s choose to be blessed and not stressed. Then tomorrow let’s do it again!
Heavenly Father, thank you or taking our reasons to stress and dumping them out on the cross, thank you for healing our hearts and minds today and for giving us peace that will not be shaken but that will stay eternally. Remind us each day that we are too blessed to be stressed! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Suggested reading: Titus 2: 1-15, James 1:1-27, and James 5:1-20
Teresa M. Wilson