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Friday, April 10, 2015

Think About It....

Pastor B.J. Knefley

As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Psalm 119:143

Stress is a struggle for me, not because I can’t handle it, but because I don’t always recognize it. If you had asked me earlier in life about my stress level I probably would have told you that I don’t have any. Sadly, I might even tell you that today, but the truth is I do have stress and I handle it poorly.

Doctors will tell you that there is both good and bad stress. Stress in the form of exercise is good as it strengthens us and helps to burn off excess energy. For some the way they deal with the bad stress is to exercise, and that’s all they do. Having run marathons I know that one of the ways I have dealt with stress is through exercise and a lot of it. The problem is you can’t keep doing this. When you’re not dealing with stress properly your body isn’t able to keep up with what worked in the past. Consequently you start having health issues like high blood pressure. That’s my struggle right now, not that it’s high but it’s border line and I’m trying to do everything I can to not go on medication. I’ve even asked God to fix it, but he hasn’t. So I’m learning about stress, especially the stress that I’m experiencing but can’t seem to identify.

I would really like a quick fix, but it seems to elude me. A friend, in a response to an email I sent, closed with this, “I ask Abba to fix me and things, Abba desires intimacy, and intimacy with Abba is the fix!” I hadn’t told my friend of my recent struggles with stress and my difficulty with identifying it, but he really hit the nail on the head. Why? We are all looking for a fix. Somehow we seem to think that if I can only do that one thing, then everything will be alright. But it isn’t about doing, it’s about being and being is about relaxing, and relaxing is about not striving. It’s sort of sitting in a chair and letting the chair support you. It doesn’t take any effort on your part, the chair is doing all the work. I’m practicing intimacy, leaning into him. It’s a work in progress. Think about it.

1 comment:

Louise said...

I believe that as we age, we require a higher bp. The current guidelines are too low, and are slowly being corrected.

I, too, would avoid medication. Go to Google or Bing and type in "home remedies for lowering blood pressure."

Also, your blood pressure changes throughout the day. It might be very high at the doctor's, but when you are resting at home, be perfectly normal...whatever that is. :)