Decrease Stress and Increase Christ

Decrease Stress and Increase CHRIST!

The Bible is filled with verses about giving your problems to the Lord and not stressing out.

Give your burdens to the Lord. Psalm 55:22
Don’t let your heart be troubled. John 14:1
Trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5
Cast all your anxiety on Him. 1 Peter 5:7

How do we apply these verses to our own lives when we are already overwhelmed and super stressed? Below are the basic tips that experts agree will help you de-stress during the holidays. I will add simple and easy tips to incorporate CHRIST to help decrease stress and increase CHRIST during the CHRISTmas season! I use all of these tips and I know that they work.

1. Body - Do not overeat or drink too much. Boo!

  • Fast a meal and focus on prayer during that time.
  • Drink more water and every time you drink a glass think – When I pass through deep waters, the Lord is always with me! Isaiah 43:2

2. Health - Exercise More… MORE BOO!

  • Walk around the neighborhood with a friend. I pick a prayer topic and we pray (usually silently) and walk together. The fellowship is wonderful and if we have problems we talk them out.
  • A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. Proverbs 27:9
  • Workout and pray! Here is a free download of one of the songs I workout with. Focus on telling God your needs! The full album will be available January 2019!

3. Time - Cut Back on Commitments and Rest More

  • Cut back on your social commitments, but commit more to God.
  • Go to a Wednesday or evening service if you know you will not make it to church Sunday AM.
  • Another tip that I use all the time – invite a friend to church so you can’t back out!

4. Mind - BE THANKFUL!!!
  • Make a Jesus stocking! Write down blessings and thanksgivings throughout the season and put in a stocking. Read them CHRISTmas day before opening presents (or after, if little ones can’t wait)!

WARNING - I came up with tip #5, not an expert. I use it frequently during the CHRISTmas season! My family does a great job driving me straight to #5!

5. Just have a drink and watch Bravo!

  • Bailey’s and Hot Chocolate is my holiday drink of choice.
  • E-Mail me at for my recipe!

All joking aside, I use these tips because they really work. I enjoy incorporating family and friends into de-stressing and spreading CHRIST! WIN WIN!

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

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Much love and Pray CONTINUALLY! 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Lori Coiner

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