Finding Peace During Stress

Finding Peace During Stress

How do you find peace during stress?

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34
 

I spoke last week quite a lot on who I was – but now it’s time for me to tell you a little bit about who I am now. I didn’t even know how to write this post (although I had it planned) until last Saturday when I went to founding editor Renee Fisher’s birthday party. The picture above is from that evening.

The truth is, I didn’t even really want to tell you who I was before Saturday.

My life is pretty great. If there were some checklist for a great life, mine would pass with flying colors. I don’t say this to sound like I’m bragging or ungrateful. I actually say this to let you know I am aware of how blessed I am. I have a wonderful marriage. I have a nice home to live in. I have a supportive family. I live in beautiful San Diego. I just became the editor of Devotional Diva. My husband mainly supports our family so that I can work on my writing. And that’s really good, because I still have ongoing health issues. But recently, in the midst of all this good stuff happening, the health issues have been worse. On top of being sick, the military healthcare system can be rather difficult.

And I have been so insanely stressed out.

I was lashing out at my husband because I got frustrated so easily. And then I would feel terrible about that, too. My anxiety was getting really bad. Any little thing that happened could throw me into brief hysterics. I kept comparing myself to other people.

“Nobody else gets so upset about a rude cashier.”

“Nobody else goes to the doctor so often.”

“Everybody else gets so much more accomplished than I do.”

I was beginning to hate myself. Friday night, I had a heart-to-heart with my husband about how stressed out I was feeling and how bad I felt about myself. Impulsively, I decided I would get a haircut the next day. After growing my bangs out for 6 months, I had them cut short again. I thought I might look better in bangs again, and I craved some change. Looking the mirror instantly became easier.

Small changes can help, but later on Saturday God brought me an even bigger one.

I was anxious about the party because the only person I was going to know beforehand was Renee, the birthday girl. When the party (at a local winery) got started and Renee introduced me as the woman who was now editing Devotional Diva, everyone gave me a warm and excited welcome. I found that conversing with everyone was pretty easy, and I was enjoying myself and the beautiful view. Towards the end of the evening, Renee offered to anoint me with oil from Israel and pray over me. I have been a Christian pretty much my whole life, but I had never experienced either of those things before. The anointing oil possessed the best scent I’ve ever smelled. As the women prayed over me, I never felt the presence of Christ more. The stress I had been bearing seemed to just melt away.

I felt peaceful.

It was almost as if I could see myself sitting in that beautiful sunset, these ladies’ hands over me in prayer. I could see the power of God at work. I went home feeling so blessed, and have retained that tranquil feeling ever since. I can still picture myself being prayed over in that gorgeous setting. My stress level is much lower now. I was praying in the several days before the party that God could heal me of my recent emotional turmoil. And did He! I don’t think that I could have gone on much longer the way I was.

The Lord is so awesome, isn’t He?

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13 comments on “Finding Peace During Stress”

  1. Renee Fisher says:

    I am here for you and would love to pray over you any time!! Be blessed today my friend Maggie!

    1. Thank you, Renee!! 🙂

    2. Lori Tisdale says:

      You prayed such a powerful prayer over Maggie on Saturday. One day I want you to pray like that for me, sister!

      1. Renee Fisher says:

        When we get together for Gelato I’d be honored to pray for you Lori!

  2. kathy says:

    Maggie what a privilege it was to support you in this amazing way. I am so excited at how you are following Jesus and letting Him mold you.

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I loved spending time you Saturday!

  3. Felicia Gonzales says:

    I pray to experience that kind of peace in my life…someday ->M

    1. I am praying that you will!

  4. Lori Tisdale says:

    Oh Maggie…I didn’t know if/when I’d get a chance to tell you this. Now is the perfect opportunity! When I laid my right hand on your shoulder and my left hand on your back, my hands got real warm. And God reminded me of the words He spoke into my life when I was very young – that I was to use my hands to bring glory to Him. Sometimes that means with writing, sometimes that means with creating or baking something with my hands… and sometimes that means when I am praying over someone with the laying on of hands. What a powerful moment that was… all of us agreeing in prayer over your life, your direction, your dreams and desires… God was with us in those moments! And He goes forward with you on a daily basis! Can’t wait to watch you continue to flourish!

    1. Renee Fisher says:

      That’s awesome! Praise God, Lori, and Maggie!

    2. That IS so awesome, Lori! Thank you for telling me!!

  5. Chidera Christian says:

    The peace of God is what makes a difference in the life of those who loves Him. oh! what a peace in my soul since i accept to follow Jesus…….. http://forwardchristians.blogspot.com/2014/07/no-real-achievement-without-god.html#more

  6. Angel says:

    Thanks for Sharing this

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