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Trials and Triumphs Tuesday: Allowing stress to control me is my BIGGEST trial

Not every week has its triumphs… not every day for that matter either. BUT, we can learn from our trials when we are in the midst of them so that we can turn our trials into triumphs.

Today I want to share with you my BIGGEST struggle – this is the trial I deal with regularly and often times, admittedly, I let satan get the best of me. This is something I definitely want to improve upon.

So my typical response to stress is to keep pushing forward and taking on more and more and more stress until I get to the breaking point. WRONG ANSWER – I know… but it is quite difficult to remember to stop when you have deadlines and kids to pick up on time and dinner to make and on and on and on, right?

Truth is, it is VERY hard to stop when stressed, but I HAVE to learn to do it. What is the result of pushing forth all stressed out? Well, usually I snap and say something I regret to someone I love or act in ways that I am sure make God wince in the same way I wince when I see my children behaving badly. I want to be an example of cool as a cucumber mommy during stressful times so my kids can see the true power of God even in the middle of the storms of life.

SOOOOO, how do I get there?

This is where it gets a little tricky:

To get to where I feel God wants me to be and where I want to be as well in this struggle, I HAVE to remember to walk away and pray. Just stop everything, go to a quiet place alone, and PRAY. Leave it at Jesus’ feet and DON’T pick it back up. If I want to be that cool as a cucumber mom and be the example to my children that I desire and that God desires for me, this HAS to happen. Can I do it alone? Probably not because I haven’t been able to triumph over this yet. So where do I start?

Right here:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving me even when I am stressed out and behaving badly. Thank you for never abandoning me during the storms of life. I so want to be the calm and collected, giving glory to God in the storm, kind of mom you designed me to be but I am not there yet. Forgive me for the times when I have lost my temper and those I love have had to suffer my nasty words. Please help me today and every day to move forward so that this trial can be turned into a triumph. During those stressful times, help me to hear your gentle voice urging me to step away and pray and Lord, help me to listen and obey. Father, I lift up anyone reading this post to you as well – help them with the struggles they may be having today so that their trials may turn into triumphs and glorify you also.

In Jesus precious name,


Thank you for reading and I pray this post is a blessing to you in some way. I would love to hear from you in the comments below. 🙂

Be blessed today and always!

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  1. Thanks, I needed that

    • Thanks Mom! It means so much when I know that what I am writing helps someone else. Love you!