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Illuminating Life Lessons - Focusing on God

Carol Graves

September 2019 9780983084785



Have you experienced one of those "light bulb" moments? Those times when a thought, an experience, or a statement sinks deep into your mind and heart bringing new clarity and understanding. It becomes one of those "Ah-ha" moments that challenges and changes you. As the author shares life lessons she has learned through seven decades, readers can identify with her experiences and gain a deeper understanding of who God is in our every day life. With a desire to impart truths, inspire hope, and offer peace to the reader the author unfolds illuminating life lessons focusing on God.  


Life Lesson: “Stress” is not a thing; it is how we choose to react to the unknown in our lives.

Some time ago I read this statement. "Stress does not exist."  You may be thinking as I did, “Really? I am stressed more often than I can count!”  I began to question this statement. Is stress something I can touch? Can I see it or describe what it looks like? Oh, yes, I see the effects of stress in a person, but what exactly is it? I began to realize that stress is something we conjure up and put upon ourselves.

Perhaps you have experienced stress in some way as I have. So how can we stop “stressing out?”  The answer to “stress relief” is not a pill or a potion – it is trust.  Where stress steals our peace, trust gives us peace.  But all too often, yielding to stress is much easier than doing the work of trusting.  Trusting requires yielding to the unknown. Letting go of worry about the future. God's Word reminds us in Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Whenwe focus on the One who holds our future, the One whose love endures forever, the One who is good, the One who is faithful, the One in whom we can confidently place our trust, we find ourselves in a place of peace – regardless of our circumstances.