The TENTH Devotional Journal

Stress Buster #1:
Pressure Points

When you feel a pressure point such as debilitating stress, think of an honest observation of what is causing this emotional response. If you can, write it down in the form of an end-process statement (e.g., “This attack on my peace is over.”). Then, immediately pray for a strategy to overcome this stressor. Just relaxing is not good enough when that same stressor can come to you again in the same way. If you pray for a strategy and follow through, you may face that stressor again, but it will not have the same negative effect because of your managed reaction – this is called a coping skill.

The TENTH Devotional Journal, Day 1
LORD, I Am Available To You

Day 1 – Running Praise continued…

1.3a

The angels in heaven never cease to sing “Holy! Holy! Holy!” around the throne of God. God made you a little lower than the Angels (Psalm 8:5), not a little higher than the creeping things. You are a divinely created being with creative power from God. You can change atmospheres, and you were made to give glory to God (Isaiah 43:7, 1 Corinthians 10:31).

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

Like I shared in the Introduction, “running praise” is like a medley of songs that praise God. Running praise songs flow into each other rather than stopping and starting. The WORD emphasizes the power of running praise. Not only can it improve your mood, but it can also help your memory. In fact, singing songs is one of the best ways to memorize scripture. Is it any wonder why children are taught Bible songs? The real question is, “Why do adults stop singing the Scriptures?” David was definitely on to something when he wrote the book of Psalms.

Have you ever sang a Psalm? Even if you learned it as a child, it probably represents one of the passages of Scripture that you remember most (I like to sing Psalm 119:33, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.”)

If you were ever in a children’s choir as I was, you can probably recite more than a dozen scriptures, even you haven’t held a Bible since elementary school. Now that we have music at our fingertips, it is much easier to train our brains how to sing non-stop.

Here’s the thing… whatever you listen to, will be the sound brought back to your consciousness when you need help. So when you program your mind with music, ask yourself if what you are listening to is going to be helpful when your heart needs faith. Faith comes by hearing. This means that what you hear most, is what you will have faith in, or believe.


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