If you talked to me a month ago you would have discovered quite quickly that I was stressed.
My mum was in hospital, soon to move to nursing care. We were selling her house. Work involved more projects with fewer staff. This year's pay round left a lot of us frustrated. The house needed attention. My kids were stressed with dissertation deadlines. My dog is 15 and showing signs of decline. I've put on far too much weight. I think I've developed RSI in my mouse arm.
What can I do?
Psalm 131 gives me a three step plan.
1. KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
Verse 1: My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
2. STOP AND CHILL
Verse 2: But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.
3. PLACE YOUR TRUST IN GOD
Verse 3: Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.