[vc_row][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”2/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Admit it, you’ve done this too: stressed about a situation, you head to the refrigerator, pull out the gallon of ice cream and release.

We’ve all turned to a temporary fix at some point, but temporary doesn’t last. Once that gallon is empty, your situation is still there and now you have a stomach ache to go with it.

This is a good example of what happens when we turn inward when we are stressed. We focus on “self” and everything starts to revolve around our situation. It’s focus without a solution. What is the solution then? It is to replace “self” with “Jesus.”

Focusing on Jesus changes your perspective. It’s no longer narrowed down to you and your own strength but it relies on the strength of the Almighty. Run to Him! Allow Him to develop wisdom and endurance through your trials. You can’t expect a life without stress but you can find peace and freedom in surrendering your stress.

Following Christ is an adventure, and you are never alone. Next time stress comes your way, put down the ice cream and look to God!

Your attitude, your determination to grow and your reliance on God will empower you and see you through.

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