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Summary: coping with a busy and stress filled life. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: Luke chapter 10 verses 38-42.

Ill:

• Outside the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen,

• Which is Denmark’s Parliament building.

• There are three stone figures guarding the entrance.

• They represent the earache, the headache, and the stomach ache.

• They were placed there to suggest that if you enter politics,

• You will have all three!

• We live in a very stress-filled society:

• And it effects all of us, not just politicians.

Stress can result from anything that:

• Annoys you

• Threatens you

• Prods you

• Excites you

• Scares you

• Worries you

• Hurries you

• Angers you

• Frustrates you

• Challenges you

• Criticizes you

• Or by anything that reduces your self-esteem

Ill:

• Think about an elastic band.

• If stretched, it will return to its normal, relaxed position when the external force is removed.

• Stress occurs when the body’s stress response is also stretched;

• Whenever it is subjected to any emergency or demand.

• But it ought to return to a normal, relaxed state when the demand is removed.

• If stretched for a long time and held, it loses its elastic properties and will eventually snap.

We too can snap when affected by too much stress:

• Our bodies let us know that something is wrong;

• By creating within us various symptoms:

Ill:

• Frequent headaches

• Irregular heartbeats

• Stiffness in the neck, shoulders, jaw, arms, legs, hands or stomach.

• Getting dizzy or light-headed.

• Suffering from colds, flu or hoarseness

• Indigestion, nausea or discomfort in the stomach.

• Difficulty falling or staying asleep.

• Waking up feeling tired

• Cold hands or cold feet

• Excess perspiration

• Anger or irritability

Now all of us will experience some form of stress, experts have come up with a number of suggestions for dealing with stress:

Ill:

(1) Identify your triggers,

(2) Take up a hobby,

(3) Practice breathing exercises,

(4) Do some exercising,

(5) Develop a support network through friends, family, and co-workers.

While all of those may be good, practical, useful suggestions:

• As Christians, we have a much better method of coping with stress.

• We have the Lord to draw support and help from.

• i.e. Last week in psalm 46 we noted that;

• “God is a refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”.

Reading: Luke chapter 10 verses 38-42.

ILL:

Photographs can be very deceptive,

• Whoever said; "The camera never lies ",

• Never had a studio portrait done of themselves or their family.

• Studio portrait are perfect prints:

• Every hair is in place, people are wearing their best clothes,

• Everybody is told to stand or sit in a certain way.

• Even the background is designed to create the perfect picture.

Yet in reality that family, that home may be the complete opposite of what's portrait:

• For the camera and for the public we show one side of ourselves,


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