…the storm subsided, and all was calm. Luke 8:2
Which one of the above needs touched your heart as you prayed about the storm you are in and meditated on the attributes of the Holy Spirit? Did you feel that you needed the confidence to have a conversation with someone? Did you feel you needed encouragement to do what you have not yet been able to do? Did you feel that there was something you needed to have a better understanding about? Unless the stress you are dealing with needs an immediate response, take adequate time with God to pray about what your next step should be. This includes not only what you should do, but how you should do it.
I once had a situation at work where an employee was having difficulty doing their job. I sent them on a course to see if that would improve. It did slightly. I did not want to terminate their employment but knew that the situation could not continue. Employee situations like this are one of my top stresses as a business owner. I spent time in prayer and took practical steps to improve the situation. As in many chronic situations, we often complain or stress longer than we should. Then there comes a time when we need to put a time frame, or date, for a decision to be made. I had hoped the employee would speak to me regarding what they wanted to do ,and that I would not need to tell them I believed the work situation needed to end. I felt God leading me to wait for a certain date and, if the employee did not say anything about their plans, then I would need to have a discussion about whether or not they and the clinic were a match. The day arrived. The staff member asked to speak to me first thing in the morning and discussed the kind of career they really wanted to have, which was not what they were presently doing. God’s timing was perfect and the situation resolved amicably. We continue to be in touch to this day.
No matter what situation you are dealing with:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and faithfulness. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who guides, directs, strengthens, encourages and comforts me. Please give me the wisdom to know what to do, the strength to do it and the love to do it in the way which honors You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: What is the barrier or weakness you have determined you need to overcome to deal with the stress you are dealing with?
“The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.” (Romans 8:26 MSG)
Tuesday: What specific attribute of the Holy Spirit deals with the barrier or weakness you need to overcome?
“But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails,gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-23 TPT)
Wednesday: Write a prayer, specific to the situation, and ask God to give you the wisdom to know what to do and the power to do it.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV)
Thursday: Pray and read the Word. As you pray about the stressful situation, record what you believe God is revealing to you through His Word.
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3 ESV)
Friday: As you continue to daily pray and read His Word, continue to journal what you believe God is telling you. Note the peace you will start to feel as you stay close to Him in this situation.
“Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (God’s WORD)
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work