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Much of the stress in our lives is the result of tormenting thoughts and anxious, unsettling, or angry emotions. Until we learn how to rest our thoughts and find peace in our emotions, we will never be able to manage stress.
God gave us the capacity to think. How we chose to think will determine the quality of our lives. Right thinking will produce a peaceful and healthy life. Wrong thinking will have the opposite effect. When our minds and heart are infected with toxic, painful, and negative thought patterns, we are unable to experience peace and rest.
Getting the right thoughts in us and pushing the wrong thoughts away is not easy, but it’s necessary to be free of stress. God guides us in His Word about the way we should think in Philippians 4:8 (NLT) “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.”
God wants us to be at rest — mentally and emotionally. He wants us to be able to lie down, undisturbed by tormenting thoughts and emotions. Get rid of the stinking-thinking!