Well, it has been a few weeks since my last post. I have had a lot on my mind and few words to use to describe it. To sum it up in one word, I’m “stressed”. You’ve been there too, I know. I’m not highlighting my stress to act like a victim, but my prayer is that we can find encouragement in the midst of our stress. God is able to do that, right? Absolutely!

As I have stated in previous posts, this year began in a difficult way. It was a personal struggle, but I am seeing the light (here is where I shout, “Glory!”). Along with that, general home issues, work, and a potential ministry opportunity have brought this stress I currently experience.

I know that my readers who have raised children will totally understand the dilemmas that accompany parenting. Parents disagree over how to discipline, parents have difficulty aligning schedules and getting on the same page in some areas, and a little one who doesn’t want to sleep adds sleep deprivation to the list of stress-inducing items. Then throw in finances, and you have one heck of a time. At least for younger adults who are approaching midlife.

Learning to navigate through the difficulties of life can be so hard. We can’t do it alone. In the midst of this, I have tried to surround myself with people who understand the stress and came through it just fine. The ones who can honestly say they understand and assure me I can cross this Red Sea and it will part.

In the midst of your stress, don’t beat yourself up. It’s counterproductive. Learn the lessons. Be open to whatever God may teach you. This too shall really pass. Your stress now will later be your delight. You will more than likely look back, laugh at yourself, and wonder why you allowed yourself to go through the stress.