The Pressure Of Life by Tara Randel

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As I changed the calendar to the month of August, I could feel my stomach tighten. I have a lot of projects going on and this month is going to be especially tight. So I told myself not to be overwhelmed, but it didn’t work. When you have the type of personality that doesn’t listen, it’s fruitless to argue with yourself.

When I get overwhelmed, I procrastinate. Not a good thing when on a deadline. I have a book due in a month. A novella due in a few weeks. And I want to go shopping. Or find a place to curl up with a good book. Why? If I put it off, the book isn’t going to get written by itself. Which piles on more stress. A cycle…that with God’s help, I’ve learned to break.

Thanks to my walk with the Lord, I can deal with the stress and emotional roller coaster that goes with deadlines and commitments. In the past, I’d make myself sick worrying and stressing, until I got tired of it. Finally, I got on my knees and said, “Lord, I don’t want this anymore.” Once I did this, a peace came over me and a scripture verse came to mind. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5

That has to be one of my favorite verses. That, and “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

When I took the time to ponder those verses, I began to understand that the pressure I put on myself was never going to get me where I wanted to go. It is only through the peace of God that I can meet my deadlines, focus on my work in progress without worry, and enjoy the labor of a profession I truly love.

All humans have times of stress, worry and doubt. How we manage these emotions is the important thing. I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I have to believe it. And once these verses are a part of my spirit, I do believe it.

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I hope these scriptures help anyone who is experiencing pressure in your life right now. Take a few moments to focus on the Almighty. Take a deep breath. Smell the roses, as they say. And then stand tall, head high, and walk with the assurance that you are not alone. God is by your side.

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Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of twelve novels. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, The Business of Weddings series, as well as books in a new series, Amish Inn Mysteries. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books

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