Real Problem

10 Apr

This is my first blog post for a brand new Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Study that just started this past Sunday titled, Stressed Less Living by Tracie Miles. I was beyond psyched about starting this study since the topic of discussion is about something I am faced with every day in my life. If you encounter stress in your everyday life, then I recommend that you keep reading because I want to share some things with you that just might help you in dealing with this vicious cycle that we call stress. I am writing about one of the seven sections in the first chapter that really hit home with me as I was turning the pages in the book. It seems I encounter the most stress when I am at work because of the incessant deadlines, dealing with conflicting personalities, internal drive to always do my best to succeed in everything I do, frustration over a challenging new task, trying to get to work on time every day, and the added problems that are associated with being a perfectionist.

garfield stress pic

For as long as I can remember, I have always thought I am my own worst enemy in dealing with everyday situations and problems. A lot of my stress is brought on by myself since I know that we are always responsible for our own stress. On page 25, there is a section called, When God Steps In that I felt I could really relate to the most based on the fact that I endure most stress in the workplace. Each morning when I walked into the office, my internal thoughts used to say “Good Morning, let the stress begin.” I admit that I always work hard at my job because I want to prove to my supervisor that I am a good worker and hopefully they will recognize that fact which will ultimately lead to a promotion within the company. I think this is something that most of us probably strive for in life because we love the additional responsibility, the feeling of success associated with a promotion, and for monetary reasons if it is needed to make a living for you and your family. There have been many times when I feel I get wrapped up in the everyday tasks in my job that I let the stress naturally get to me because I am trying to meet a deadline or doing whatever it takes to succeed in the company and be the greatest asset possible. I tend to be good at prioritizing my work so I can always beat the deadlines and work ahead as much as possible as time permits in my schedule. Whenever given the chance, I am also the first one to volunteer to take on new tasks since I love learning new things and desire to be a bigger asset to the company.

post-it note image

Based on my past experiences with stress, I have learned I can only do so much in a given day and that my work will be there tomorrow when I return to my desk. We live in such a competitive and fast-paced world today that I feel it is sometimes an excuse to get too focused on my tasks at hand rather than on God throughout the day. “But since I obviously didn’t know then that God had a plan and could only see the chaos that I called my present day life, it took me several years to listen to his call and be strong enough in my faith to pursue the career path he had planned for me.” (pg 25) Nowadays, I have learned to get up from my desk and walk around for a few minutes just to get my focus off work and spend some much needed time with God. It is amazing how much better I feel when I turn over my stressful moments at work to Him because I learn to slow down, breath, and know everything will work out for His good. I always try to go to work every day with a perspective that I am there to do God’s work since I want to glorify Him in all that I do. It is thanks to Him that I have the job, so naturally I want to do the best job I can while I am there each day.

work prayer

Now that I am older and have gained more wisdom, I can say that I know to always rely on God at all times…even those moments when I am feeling stressed about something. I could also relate to the part in the section where Tracie talks about how God calls us to do things outside our comfort zones. This is something I have also had to face in my past job because public speaking does not come easily for me. As a matter of fact, I would say it is my biggest fear in life because I fear being ridiculed by others. Put me in a room full of people I know and I don’t have a problem, but with strangers it is just the complete opposite. People are always shocked to learn that I have a fear of public speaking since I am always well versed when talking out loud to others in my everyday encounters. When God calls us to do something outside our comfort zones, it can easily turn into a stressful situation. For years, I have always admired professional speakers who can easily get in front of a crowd and talk to them like they have known the audience members for years. It just comes so naturally for them and have often wished I had that gift rather than being fearful of it. As you get up in front of a crowd more, the easier it becomes but I have never gotten completely comfortable with it to this very day. The worst speeches of my life took place when I was in college and was being graded by my professors based on the content as well as the actual speech. That is not exactly the biggest confidence booster! But, as I have gotten older, I realized it is easier to talk in front of a crowd when I talk about something I am passionate about in life. “But I learned that God’s call on our lives will always be something outside comfort zones, and sometimes beyond our wildest imagination.” (pg. 27) I have also discovered that when I talk about something I am passionate about in life, the audience seems to be a lot more intrigued by my speech and listen to what I have to say on the topic. In return, I feel more relaxed and more confident in what I am saying to the audience which results in a better speech.

In conclusion, as I go through this study, it is my hope that God will be able to help me better cope with this problem in my life and help me find beneficial techniques that will alleviate it. Stress is not good for anyone and it can lead to so many more problems – health and emotional issues that lead to destruction in our life. So, from this point forward, I intend to stay focused on God and allow Him to help cure me of stress in my life. It is easy for me to say this since stress recently impacted my life about three months ago. When I went to my last checkup with my dentist this past January, I discovered that I grind my teeth at night when I am sleeping. My dentist said that cracks were starting to form on my back teeth where the grinding was taking place. Naturally, I was completely shocked to learn this news since it was occurring while I slept at night. For the past few months, I am learning to sleep with a plastic mouth guard to break the habit of grinding my teeth at night. My dentist told me that the primary cause for grinding teeth during your sleep is related to stress. For the first week after I started wearing the guard, it felt weird and it was quite challenging to get a good night sleep. I pray I do not have to wear it for the remainder of my life, but if I do then I will manage since I know I need to take good care of my teeth for health purposes. One of the bible verses I was reminded of this week during this study was Romans 8:28 (NIV) ~ “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So, as we embark on this study together, it is my hope that everyone can learn to live a life of more joy filled with peace and not so much stress. Just remember, God had each one of our lives planned out before we were even born, so I know He has much bigger and better plans for our lives than to deal with stress on a daily basis. I am ready for more tranquility in my life starting today!

romans 828

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15 Responses to “Real Problem”

  1. Katrina April 11, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Great post! I have great big stars drawn into my book on that section. It was my favorite/most relatable as well. Loved the garfield poster too – so funny!

    • ceragsdale April 11, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      Katrina, thanks for the comments. Have a great day…God Bless You!

  2. kathleenjjohnston April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I love your blog. I love the pics. I love the guy with the sticky notes. 🙂 Thank you. God Bless. ❤

    • ceragsdale April 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Kathleen, thanks for your comments. Have a blessed day! God bless you!

  3. smeltontx April 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Great opening post! I’m so excited to see where this study takes all of us…. The idea of living without stress is so appealing to me. It’s something that I never really thought possible, because I wasn’t focused on the Lord. My hope is that if I continue to focus on the Lord, things will come naturally.

    • ceragsdale April 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Hey, Stephanie! Thanks for your comments. Yes, I am excited about the study as well because I am ready to be rid of stress and welcome more tranquility in my life. I was reading an article about stress today and how it is tied to people getting cancer. Scary! This is why I must learn to get this under control before it kills me one day. I know I can do it with God’s help and leaning on Him more. Stress has become such a negative connotation since so many people deal with it on a daily basis anymore. It is my hope that me, you and everyone else involved in the study can gain some insight in how to better manage our stress and keep it under control. You are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless You Always, my friend! 🙂

  4. Donna b (OBS leadership team) April 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    What a great job with your first blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good insight and wisdom, I do believe many of us with MTOBS are going to be free from stress, as we learn to let go – pray and LET GOD BE GOD in our lives! Keep focused, praying for His awesome wisdom and revelation to work in your life!

    • ceragsdale April 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Donna, thanks for the comments to my blog post. Have a blessed weekend and May God Always Bless You! 🙂

  5. Susan April 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm #


    I totally identified with your story about the mouth guard! My dentist gave me one years ago. I faithfully used it until I realized that I was still clenching my jaws together so tightly while I slept that my jaw muscles were practically locked. (My teeth were protected but the guard did nothing to protect me from the stress!) I went from grinding my teeth to the work case of TMJ ever! I was miserable! I hope that this study helps you to toss the mouth guard altogether so that you don’t have to go through what I went through.

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences!

    Group 8

    • ceragsdale April 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Susan, thanks for the comments to my blog post. Have a blessed weekend and May God Always Bless You! 🙂

  6. bloggerlovestheking April 13, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Charlotte great post and visuals as ALWAYS. Thanks for the uplifting blog. Debbie W. (OBS Leader)

    • ceragsdale April 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      Debbie, thanks for the comments to my blog post. Hope you are enjoying the study so far. I pray God helps all of us find some useful tips in alleviating stress in our lives. Have a blessed weekend and May God Always Bless You! 🙂

  7. mwarner75 April 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    That is awesome Charlotte,I am so glad that I am not the only one who felt that way walking into the office. Yet knowing we can choose to get off the crazy cycle, is extremely freeing 🙂

    By the way I have found myself clenching my teeth/jaw at night too. ????? UGH 🙂

  8. BrwnEyedGrl869 April 14, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Love your post!! Your description of your workplace stress is something I could’ve written… sounds exactly like me!! Praying that God will bless you through this study.

    Tara P

    • ceragsdale April 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Tara, thanks for the comments to my blog post. I pray God will bless you during this study…the reason why I am here because I realize I need His help. Have a blessed day and May God Always Bless You! 🙂

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