Jesus. Reigns. Over. Stress.

Yep, I get it.

You’re busy.

You’re stressed.

There’s so much to do.

Like, SO much.

And not enough time to do it.

“Wow, okay, how will I fit all of this in this week? Okay, I can do this here, and that then… sleep? Who needs sleep? I can skip lunch here, and forsake the Bachelor this week… yeah right, who am I kidding. There’s always time for the Bachelor. But for real, sleep is not happening this week.”

See? There’s not enough hours in the day to do all we have to do. Can I get an AMEN?

And sister, when I have a big, long to-do list, and only 24 hours at a time to do it… I get stressed. And overwhelmed. And frustrated. And chaos occurs.

 

My heart feels like a ball of yarn- an intermixed, tangled mess that’s constantly spinning in circles.

My brain feels like it’s sprinting a marathon.. only no water breaks.

My body feels like a rag doll, limp and frail. With a button eyeball missing.

It’s utter stress.

I hate it.

I’m sure you do, too.

 

But, friends.

Like always, our sweet Jesus comes to save the day. And our sanity, for that matter.

Because, my dear sister, stress is no gift of the Lord.

Because, my dear sister, the Lord has made you new.

Because, my dear sister in Christ, the Lord has given you a new heart.

 

Your heart is the very dwelling place of the Lord.

It is no place for chaos, clutter, frustration, anxiety, and stress.

You are not, and never again, subject to those things.

Yep, you heard me right.

You are not subject to chaos. You are not subject to being overwhelmed. You are not subject to stress.

 

You used to be. Then you met Jesus.

And now, He has given you a new heart.

Now, the living God dwells inside of your heart. And His home is reigned by peace.

 

“But, we still live in the 21st century. Don’t you know how busy that is?”

Girlfriend, yes. Yes I do. And yes, you are still in the world.

Yes, you are in that job with the huge deadline in 4 days.

Yes, you are in the class with 17 pages of work plus the 5 page essay.

Yes, you have to work out and clean the bathroom and buy milk and wash the car.

 

But you are no longer subject to handle life in the way the world does.  

The grace of Jesus is a real thing.

The peace of Jesus is eminent.

The faith in our God is, indeed, here.

And we just put those things on the backburner.

They are meant to reign in our hearts, not to only be in the back reserve. And, for that matter, to reign at all times. Especially during those insanely busy moments when we barely have time to breathe.

Because that’s what separates us from the world.

In chaos, we have peace.

                And the world watches.

In confusion, we have faith.

                And the world leans in.

In stressful times, we have joy.

                And the world asks, “how?”

And we say, “Jesus. It’s the power of Jesus dwelling in a human heart. He transformed me.”

 

But don’t worry. Jesus gets that we are human. And that we get caught up in life.

See, we lay our heart at the feet of Jesus.

But then, we pick it back up. And we take it into our own hands. And we try to do everything in our own strength.

So we get stressed out.

We get overwhelmed. And frustrated. And short-tempered. And cranky.

But that’s when Jesus whispers, “Give me your heart back.”

So we stop. So we listen. And we give it back.

“Lord, I’m sorry for picking up what I’ve already laid at Your feet.”

 

Ladies, your heart is the dwelling place of the living God. It is a place ruled by peace.

It’s ruled by love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Gentleness. Control.

Jesus redeemed that heart. And now, it doesn’t look like the world anymore.

It still is busy, and sometimes frazzled.

But something changed.

It’s the power of Jesus dwelling in a human heart.

 

With much, much love. And more peace. –Melissa

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12 thoughts on “Jesus. Reigns. Over. Stress.

  1. Melissa, you have such a way with words. As I read through your articles, I could feel Jesus speaking right to my heart.
    Thank you.

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  2. Hey, I ran across your blog from someone posting it on facebook. Do you take your own pictures for each article? I definitely like the feel and layout. Plus, the content is about Jesus, so that’s always a win.

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  3. This is the reminder that I needed, as I get ready for exams and (not to far of the SAT). I have continued to pick up and lay the same issues at the cross. Thank you for the real life situational connection. I need to keep Jesus on my “front burner”.
    I also came across this from a Facebook share and I am grateful that I can read encouraging posts.

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    1. Hannah,
      I am so glad that you liked the post. Thank you for your encouragement! Yes, amen to keeping Jesus on the “front burner.” Best decision ever. Much love to you, friend! You will do awesome on the SAT!

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  4. Thank you so, so much for these words. Many of the things written express my feelings exactly! I always struggle with stress majorly, and I definitely need to keep working on putting Jesus first because when He is the center of my life, then everything else will fall into place. It’s so hard to put him first because I always feel like I don’t have time to spare in my day, but I think God is trying to teach me that the stress and chaos as you said will disappear when I lay my heart at Jesus’ feet. Again, thank you for this post. It really was just what I needed to read right now.

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    1. Meg,
      I completely understand the feeling of being hesitant to put Jesus first because of the worry that you will run out of time! I totally feel that way sometimes! But sweet Jesus has been showing me that when we give Him the first, the best of our time- especially when we don’t think it’s logical- that He will totally bless that! Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement! Much love to you, my friend!

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  5. I am still in school and very stressed lately and filled with anxiety because of all of the homework but this post has helped me so much with how to deal with that and it made me cry. You have such a way with words. You have helped me build my relationship with Christ.

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