Can I Share a Family Secret With You? (Monday Minute)

My family secret? I could never bring myself to tell my grandmother that I did not like Diet Vernors. This led to 10 years of having to act like I enjoyed something I really didn’t. The pressure that came with not wanting to disappoint my grandmother, led me to accept something I did not have to. 

How many of us accept status quo in our lives, jobs, relationships because of the pressure we do not want to face? 

Sometimes the pressure is out of our control. Other times, pressure comes from the situations we put ourselves in. Regardless of how pressure comes, I want to give you the practical tools to face pressure well.

Pressure is accompanied by the feeling of stressful urgency caused by the necessity of doing or achieving something, especially with limited time. However, without it, we would not grow and develop to our full potential.

When pressure comes, how do we handle it well? I want to give you some practical tips for performing what I call your “Daily CAT Scans” on your heart.

CAT is an acronym for:
Casting
Asking
Thanksgiving

CASTING – FINDING YOUR PACE UNDER PRESSURE

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:6-7 NKJV

ASKING – FINDING YOUR PATIENCE UNDER PRESSURE

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance (patience) is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
James 1:2-5 NLT

THANKSGIVING – FINDING YOUR PEACE UNDER PRESSURE

“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. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

2 Comments

  1. Melissa Collier says: · ·Reply

    This message was impactful. Remembering to find peace not just at the end but in the middle of it is always a great reminder. Thanks for bringing this subject to life in your message to us yesterday!

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