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The Rat in Our Routine

by Heather Tietz

I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Stress. It’s a rat in our engine, so to speak.

Of all the troubles that can affect our bodies, it is the symptoms of constant stress that grow diseases, mental disorders, wrinkles, and grey hairs. It disrupts the work of nearly every organ of the body causing headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, depression, heartburn, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, insomnia and fertility problems! It chews up our ability to function the way God intended.

“Peace!” declares Jesus, like a firm hand on our shoulder, like a salve on our burdened hearts. He knows how we run and fret. He knows how deadlines, demanding voices, and broken things oppress us. He knows. He’s walked this path before. Even now He’s stepping on it with you. “Look at Me. Talk to Me. See My perspective. Adopt My priorities.”

Your body and mind need peace. Take a deep breath and let Jesus get rid of the rat. Whatever your circumstances, if you have Jesus in your heart, you can be a person of peace.