Sometimes, like many of you, it is easy for me to become discouraged. My desk at work is piled high with things that need to be done, supper needs to be fixed, my house needs to be cleaned, piles of laundry surround me, and I have about 14 thousand or so projects going and several of them must be done by this weekend. My job is stressful and full of worry. I worry about some of my kids leaving school for the night. I worry about if I'm making the right choices for their education. I worry if I'm handling multiple situations a day in the best possible way. I worry if their learning. I worry that I', not giving them what they need. I worry about the new laws in special education and how I'm ever going to meet the new standards. I worry.... all.... the... time. It makes it easy to become worn down. It makes it easy to want to give up and find a new life. But I've found that in the moments that I just start to feel these awful things, I only need to take a moment to pray. Have you ever heard that song, "If our God is with us, who could ever stop us?" It's awesome. I sing it when I'm stressed at work. I sing it when I run. I sing it when I start feeling depressed over the little things. It helps to lighten my load.
So I say all this back story to update you on one of my newest coping strategies. We've been doing a study of Ephesians at church. This past Sunday was chapter 5 (which will probably hit you just as hard as it hit me if you go take a little time to read it). I was rereading it before bed on Sunday night and pushed on ahead and read chapter 6 as well. OMGoodness. I'm sure I'd read it before. I'm sure I've actually heard it all my life. However in that moment Ephesians 6:10-18 was exactly what I needed to hear.
Text pulled from Bible Gateway using the NIV translation. If you prefer a different translation then by all means read it in that one, this just happens to be the type of bible I had my hands on last Sunday. :)