Holiday Stress

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses (passeth – KJV) all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV. 

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. – 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV.

Here is one way not to respond to stress during this holiday season. Millie McMillie lost track of her two kids at the Miami International Airport back on the 20th of December. She kind of went a little crazy yelling and grabbing things off of the counter. She demanded the gate agent find her children. She grabbed the boarding pass reader off the counter, picked up the computer and threw it. Altogether she caused $10,000 in damages. Where were her children? They had gone to the restroom. The trip to New York City was delayed as Millie was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, criminal mischief, and… it’s hard to believe but she was also charged with disorderly conduct. (New York Post 12.21.22 and several other news venues.) 

It can be very stressful when you lose track of your children, especially in the time that we live in now. We once lost track of our 10-year-old son who has Down Syndrome in a large department store. Of course, we were searching all over for him and alerted store employees to help with the search. We finally found him inside of a dressing room standing on the seat so the door would have to be opened before he could be seen. Very scary! 

So many people have had their flights and plans changed because of the severe winter weather this season. When things like this happen, it is important to remember that it is not the end of the world. Yes, you may miss out on the family gathering, or be late arriving back in time for work but you will survive. It is important to remain calm so that you will be able to think clearly about how to respond in the situation. What was I doing in addition to searching for our young son when we lost track of him? I was praying as I am sure that my wife was doing at the same time. 

When we pray in these stressful situations, before you lose your mind, give God a few moments to give you the directions for how to respond. He will always come through for you according to His will and His will is always the best thing for you. Trusting God during these stressful times will give you the supernatural peace that you need to think clearly and to be able to make the best decisions.

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