Day 9: When Stress Begins to Rise


He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  Psalm 91:4


Has anyone else felt the stress rise in the last few days?  Felt the pressure against time?  There is just a little more than two weeks until Christmas!

I had to run into town yesterday to take my sweet dog to the vet.  He had hurt his back and was in quite a bit of pain.  As I sat in the little room waiting for the vet to come in I decided to pull out my planner and try to get organized over the next few weeks.  I had lots of “marked events” in my head, but hadn’t taken the time to write them out and thought this would be a great time.

The longer I sat there the more I wrote…and the more I felt the stress rise on the inside.  “Stay calm” I told myself.  “It will all be fine” and I tried to force a half-smile down at my little dog.  But it didn’t feel fine on the inside.  As I drove home I remembered this verse, Psalm 91:4.  I had read it last week during some study time and it jumped directly off the page and settled deep in my heart.  The Father knew that I was going to need it.  A confident reminder of who he is.

In times of stress this season, the days we feel the pressure, lets take a deep breath and pause for as long as it takes to feel ourselves returning to his all-encompassing love.  His faithfulness will be our shield and our rampart.


The Johnston’s

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