Making Stress Work for You

Making Stress Work for You

How can we channel stress to work for God’s glory and our good?


Stress can cause a host of emotional, spiritual, and physical problems. None of us, however, can avoid stress completely. The key is not to eliminate stress, but to handle it in a way that is godly and productive. Holly G. Miller, in her article for TODAY'S CHRISTIAN WOMAN, said if stress is carefully harnessed, it can create positive results in our lives. These results include increased productivity, greater effectiveness, and renewed energy.

How can we harness stress to make us more productive? What is the difference between stress and worry? How do we deal with the stresses of life without it affecting our physical, emotional, and spiritual health in a negative way? Is it possible stress can be good for us? How can we glorify God despite our stressful circumstances? This study will explore these issues.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Joshua 1:1–18; Esther 4:6–17; Matthew 14:3–23; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 11:22–12:10; Philippians 4:4–9


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Meditating on God's Word reminds us that God is always with us, and that he gives us the courage and strength to accomplish his will in all circumstances.

Teaching point two: Acceptance of God's sovereign will, no matter what the circumstances, gives us peace and courage to face whatever comes.

Teaching point three: Finding time to be alone with God is essential to our spiritual health and is rejuvenating to our mind in times of stress.

Teaching point four: When we have a heart attitude of thankfulness and trust in God, we will have joy, even in the most difficult situations, and we will bring glory to God.

• Apply Your Findings

• Additional Resources


Positively STRESSED, by Holly G. Miller (July/August 1998, 11 printed pages)

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