Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

Sharing life through the Word of God with love, encouragement and faith in challenging times (smile)

Pressure

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Happy New Year!

This is my first of 31 posts to be published as a participant in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for January. The theme for January is pressure. In 2014, I am choosing to step out, of my comfort zone, and will be encouraging others to join me! Wahoo, it’ll be fun.

In the 21st century, pressure can come internally or externally; to anyone, young and old.
Pressure makes no distinction in this day and age. Pressure can be good or bad, depending on where we are in our spiritual life. Some like and thrive on pressure, bless their heart; and the rest, deal with pressure, as it comes. Sometimes, we have no control over pressure. I had so much fun thinking up the acrostic below.

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The process of life, with all its ups and downs, has no guarantee that any of us are exempt from pressures getting to us at some point.

Pressure can come from any source: ourself, family, job, friends, school, relationships, peer pressure, pressure in your face from dental surgery, blogging, or fill in the blank________________. Please feel free to add to the list.

In today’s environment, pressure can come when we least expect it. Sometimes, it feels as if everything is needed now, now, now, now. I believe as we get older, the constant reacting takes it toll.

Many times these two scriptures help me stay focused and spirit led by deep breathing and practicing the pause before I speak:

2 Corinthians 12:9, And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Others times, I thank God for his mercy and his grace because I’ll blink and let’s just say, its not pretty. Lately, I just try to roll with it because it is, what it is!

Pfft, here’s the thing, as we mature in life, and know who we are, pressure loses it sting within us.
We learn, to choose better reactions, by calmly breathing at the first pull of pressure from x, y or z.

I welcome your thoughts on pressure.

15 Comments»

  k at Healthy Living 4 Him wrote @

I look forward to reading your month…especially on your Biblical take on pressure. Thank you!! k

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

Happy New Year K! Thanks. Be blessed.

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  nnttscott wrote @

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Recently I have been under a lot of pressure but since I have been reading the word and praying, I’m learning how to deal with pressure much better. Reading the topic today on pressure really spoke to me and has showed me another way to handle pressure then in the way I was.

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

Glory to God! Happy New Year! I am glad that my words on pressure helped! Thanks for sharing and God bless you!

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  Lynda Lippin (@lyndalippin) wrote @

Happy New Year and great post – pressure need not always be negative and is often useful! Looking forward to NaBloPoMo for January…

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

Happy New Year Lynda! Thank you so much for your encouragement for this post! God bless you for taking the time to comment. 🙂

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  Caddo wrote @

Fabulous acrostic–and congrats on entering the challenge!!

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

Thank you Sis Caddo! You taught me the acrostic way!! Praise The Lord! (smile)

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  Caddo wrote @

Too funny! Hey, I couldn’t find the blog or prompt for the Jan post a day deal–can you help me?

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

http://www.nablopomo.com/

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  Caddo wrote @

Oooh, thanks dear heart!

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

I am glad to help!

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  Pure Glory wrote @

Happy New Year! A time to rest in the Lord. 🙂

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  Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend wrote @

Amen! Thank you and Happy New Year 🙂

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