Relieving Stress | Enjoying Everyday Life

Relieving Stress | Enjoying Everyday Life

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ANNOUNCER: THIS PROGRAM
HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS
OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES. JOYCE: WE DON’T HAVE TO LIVE
AS VICTIMS OF STRESS. AS BELIEVERS, WE HAVE BEEN
PROMISED A NEW, POWERFUL, OVERCOMING, STRONG LIFE. BUT HERE AGAIN, AND YOU’RE GONNA
HEAR ME SAY THIS MANY TIMES TODAY, IT’S ABOUT CHOICES. [MUSIC] [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: WELL, THANK YOU
FOR JOINING US TODAY ON, “ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE.”
I WANNA TALK TO YOU TODAY FROM A BOOK THAT I’VE WRITTEN CALLED,
“OVERLOAD,” AND THE LITTLE SUBTITLE HERE SAYS,
“HOW TO UNPLUG, UNWIND, AND UNLEASH YOURSELF FROM THE
PRESSURE OF STRESS.” WELL, I WONDER IF ANYBODY
THAT’S WATCHING RIGHT NOW HAS ANY STRESS IN YOUR LIFE? IT SEEMS TO BE THE DISEASE
OF THE CENTURY. AND SO, THE BIBLE SAYS IN
PROVERBS 12:25, “ANXIETY IN A MAN’S HEART WEIGHS
IT DOWN BUT AN ENCOURAGING WORD MAKES IT GLAD.”
YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT THIS MORNING, I DON’T CARE WHAT DAY
IT IS THERE’S ALWAYS GONNA BE SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN
WORRY ABOUT AND STRESS OVER IF YOU DON’T DECIDE NOT TO. AND SO MUCH OF STRESS AND THE
PROBLEM WITH STRESS TODAY, INVOLVES A LOT OF THE CHOICES
THAT WE MAKE. AND JUST–THE SOCIETY WE LIVE
IN TODAY, THERE’S A LOT OF IRRESPONSIBILITY AND PEOPLE
DON’T WANT TO OWN THEIR OWN STUFF. YOU KNOW, THEY WANNA BLAME
IT ON THIS THAT OR SOMETHING ELSE, BUT THE TRUTH IS,
IF YOU REALLY, REALLY WANT TO DECREASE–
I’M NOT GONNA SAY ELIMINATE BECAUSE NOBODY’S GONNA
COMPLETELY ELIMINATE STRESS FROM THEIR LIFE. BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT
TO DECREASE IT, YOU CAN. AND, I THINK THAT’S THE FIRST
THING THAT WE HAVE TO REALIZE. IF I REALLY WANT TO DO
SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BESIDES JUST COMPLAIN THEN I CAN. I RECALL, ONE TIME, ONE OF MANY,
I’M SURE, THAT I WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT MY SCHEDULE. AND, “THIS IS CRAZY. HOW CAN ANYBODY BE EXPECTED
TO DO ALL THIS?” AND YOU KNOW… AND THE LORD SPOKE TO MY HEART,
AND HE SAID, “YOU MADE YOUR SCHEDULE, IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT,
CHANGE IT.” SO, ANXIETY IN A HEART–
IN A MAN’S HEART WEIGHS IT DOWN. IT MAKES IT HEAVY. MAKES EVERYTHING IN LIFE HARD. AND SO, THE WAY THIS BOOK
IS LAID OUT IS, WE HAVE A CHAPTER. THEN AT THE END OF THE CHAPTER,
WE HAVE THINGS TO REMEMBER FROM THAT CHAPTER. SO, I THOUGHT I MIGHT JUST TRY
TALKIN’ ABOUT THOSE THINGS TO REMEMBER FROM THE CHAPTER. BUT THIS FIRST CHAPTER
IS CALLED, “START DEFEATING STRESS TODAY.”
YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO IS, WE ALWAYS PUTTING
SOMETHING OFF UNTIL TOMORROW. AND WHEN THE PLAGUES WERE
COMING ON EGYPT, ONE OF THEM WAS A PLAGUE OF FROGS, AND THERE
WERE FROGS EVERYWHERE. I MEAN, IF YOU JUST THINK ABOUT
IT FOR A MINUTE, WE CAN READ THAT SENTENCE
AND NOT GET IT. BUT I MEAN, THEY HAD FROGS
IN THEIR BEDS. THEY HAD FROGS ON THEIR
PROPERTY, IN THEIR KITCHEN, IN THE REFRIGERATOR. JUST THINK ABOUT IT. IF YOU HAD FROGS ABSOLUTELY
EVERYWHERE. AND SO, PHARAOH SAID THAT HE
WOULD LET THE PEOPLE GO, AND MOSES SAID WELL, “I’LL PRAY
FOR YOU AND THE FROGS WILL LEAVE,” BUT HE SAID, “I’M GONNA
LEAVE IT UP TO YOU AS TO WHEN YOU WANT ME TO PRAY.”
WHICH I THINK IS INTERESTING, IN ITSELF. AND PHARAOH SAID, “TOMORROW.”
SO, WHO WITH ANY, EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF COMMON SENSE, IF YOU HAD
A HOUSE FULL OF FROGS AND YOU COULD GET RID OF ‘EM TODAY,
WOULD WANT TO WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW? AND SO, TOMORROW IS POSSIBLY
ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS WORDS IN OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BECAUSE WHEN WE PUT SOMETHING OFF WE HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS,
BUT WE’VE STILL NOT OBEYED GOD. AND HAVING A GOOD INTENTION,
“WELL, SOMEDAY, I’LL CHANGE MY SCHEDULE,” OR, “WHEN THIS IS
DONE, I’LL CHANGE MY SCHEDULE.” AND SO, UNTIL YOU MAKE THE
CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU NEED TO MAKE, THAT BY THE WAY,
ONLY YOU CAN MAKE, THEN THE STRESS WON’T GO AWAY. JUST THINKING THAT YOU’RE GOING
TO DO IT SOMEDAY WON’T HELP. AND SO, A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER
IS THAT STRESS IS A REAL ENEMY. CAPABLE OF DOING REAL PHYSICAL,
EMOTIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL DAMAGE. AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE
HAVE TO REALIZE. IF YOU HAVE–WE’RE ALL GONNA
HAVE STRESS. WE’RE BUILT TO HANDLE A CERTAIN
AMOUNT OF STRESS, BUT WHEN YOU GO INTO OVERLOAD–
AND USUALLY, YOU CAN HEAR IT COMING OUT OF YOURSELF. NORMALLY, IF YOU LISTEN TO
YOURSELF, YOU’LL BE COMPLAINING A LOT MORE ABOUT
ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO. AND THEN, SOMETIMES, WE EVEN
GET BITTER TOWARD THE OTHER PEOPLE AROUND US THAT WE THINK
AREN’T DOING WHAT WE’RE DOING, AND THEY’RE PEACEFUL AND WE’RE
WORN OUT ALL THE TIME FROM ALL THE STRESS. BUT HERE AGAIN, IT CAN JUST
BECOME AN EXCUSE. SO, WE’RE ALL BUILT FOR
A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF STRESS, BUT WHEN YOU GO INTO OVERLOAD–
LET ME JUST PUT IT LIKE THIS. IF YOU HAVE TOO MUCH STRESS,
FOR A LONG ENOUGH PERIOD OF TIME, YOU WILL ULTIMATELY FEEL
THE EFFECTS OF IT IN YOUR BODY OR IN YOUR EMOTIONS. A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE
PANIC ATTACKS, AND ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION, AND ALL THOSE
THINGS, IT’S BECAUSE REALLY, BECAUSE THEY HAVE TOO
MUCH STRESS. AND I KNOW WE DON’T LIKE IT,
I DON’T LIKE IT WHEN I GO TO THE DOCTOR AND HE SAYS,
“IT’S STRESS.” WE NEVER REALLY WANT
TO HEAR THAT. I HAD SOME DENTAL WORK DONE
RECENTLY AND IT WAS KIND OF EXTENSIVE, ‘CAUSE THEY’RE
GETTING READY FOR AN IMPLANT. AND I DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH BONE,
SO THEY HAD TO GRAFT BONE, AND BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. AND SO, THE LAST PROCEDURE
THEY DID, I WAS–HAD A HEADACHE FOR ABOUT A WEEK AFTER THAT. LIKE, A SINUS HEADACHE, ‘CAUSE
THEY HAD TO DO LIKE, A SINUS LIFT TO DO THIS. AND SO, I WENT TO THE DOCTOR
FOR THE CHECKUP AND I SAID, “YOU KNOW, I’M DOING GOOD
EXCEPT I’VE HAD A HEADACHE FOR A WEEK.”
AND HE SAID, “WELL, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A LOT OF REASONS WHY
YOU CAN HAVE HEADACHES. THEY’RE VERY COMPLEX.”
AND HE SAID, “IT COULD JUST BE STRESS.”
AND I THOUGHT, “I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE ONE MORE DOCTOR TELL
ME THAT IT’S STRESS.” I DON’T KNOW WHY THAT
BOTHERS US. BUT FOR SOME REASON,
ESPECIALLY, I GUESS, IF YOU’RE A, “TYPE A CHOLERIC,”
YOU DON’T WANNA FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T HANDLE LIFE. AND SO, YOU DON’T LIKE TO BE
TOLD THAT EVERYTHING IS STRESS. BUT, TO BE HONEST,
MOST THINGS ARE. NOW, THAT DOESN’T MEAN
THE SYMPTOMS AREN’T REAL. IT DOESN’T MEAN THE DISEASE
IS NOT REAL BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH
MEDICINE WE TAKE– IT’S KIND OF LIKE THAT OLD GAME,
WHACK-A-MOLE. YOU KNOW, YOU CAN TAKE
MEDICINE FOR ONE SYMPTOM, BUT IT’S JUST GONNA POP UP
SOMEWHERE ELSE IN YOUR LIFE. AND SO, I JUST WANT TO RECOMMEND
WHETHER YOU’RE 20, OR WHETHER YOU’RE 70, THAT YOU
START MAKING BETTER CHOICES IN YOUR LIFE SO YOU’RE NOT
STRESSED OUT ALL THE TIME. IF YOU THINK ABOUT JESUS–
IF I JUST SAID TO ANYONE HERE, “WHEN YOU THINK OF JESUS,
WHAT PICTURE DO YOU GET?” ONE OF THE ANSWERS THAT I LIKE
THE BEST WAS RESTED. HE WAS ALWAYS RESTED. AND YET, JESUS HAD MANY, MANY,
MANY THINGS THAT HE COULD HAVE BEEN STRESSED OUT ABOUT. I MEAN, IF YOU JUST THINK
ABOUT IT. I MEAN, HIS OWN FAMILY, HIS
BROTHERS THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY. THEY WERE EMBARRASSED BY HIM. EVERYWHERE HE WENT, SOMEBODY
WAS TRYING TO KILL HIM. PEOPLE LIED ABOUT HIM. PETER DENIED KNOWING HIM. JUDAS BETRAYED HIM. AND HIS DISCIPLES WERE
SUPPOSED TO BE THE PICK OF THE CROP, THE ONES THAT WERE GOING
TO CARRY THE GOSPEL ON AFTER HE WAS GONE AND THEY WERE JUST
A BUNCH OF BABIES. HE WAS CONSTANTLY DEALING WITH
STUFF WITH THEM. AND ONE THAT I THOUGHT
IN PARTICULAR, IS EVERYWHERE HE WENT, CROWDS OF PEOPLE WERE
FOLLOWING HIM AND THEY JUST WOULD NOT LEAVE HIM ALONE. NOW, YOU KNOW, MOST OF US,
BY THE TIME YOU’VE BEEN UP AN HOUR, YOUR PHONE HAS MADE SOME
KINDA NOISE, WHETHER IT’S A DING OR A BEEP OR A RING OR
WHATEVER IT IS PROBABLY AT LEAST 8 TO 12 TIMES IN A SHORT
PERIOD OF TIME. AND SO, WE THINK THAT ALL OF OUR
MODERN TECHNOLOGY GIVES US STRESS, BUT JESUS HAD SOMEBODY
AT HIM ALL THE TIME. AND YET, HE KNEW WHEN
AND HOW TO SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM ALL THAT. AND, I MIGHT ADD, HE DID NOT LET
THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OR THE, “EMERGENCIES,” OF THE
PEOPLE CONTROL HIS DECISIONS. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT,
SOMETIMES HE WALKED AWAY FROM PEOPLE THAT WERE REALLY
HURTING, AND REALLY SICK, AND REALLY NEEDED HIM, BUT HE HAD
THE WISDOM TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE WAS NOT GONNA BE ANY GOOD
TO ANYBODY IF HE WASN’T HEALTHY HIMSELF. AND SO, ONE OF THE BEST GIFTS
THAT YOU CAN GIVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IS A HEALTHY YOU. AMEN? SO, HERE’S SOME THINGS
TO REMEMBER. STRESS IS A REAL ENEMY CAPABLE
OF DOING REAL PHYSICAL DAMAGE AND NOBODY WILL AVOID IT. I WANT TO STRESS THAT
BECAUSE WE ALWAYS THINK, “OH, I CAN DO IT. IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME.”
BUT, IT WILL. I’M VERY STRONG. I’M STRONG-WILLED. I’M STRONG IN MY INTENTIONS. I’VE GOT A GOOD WALK WITH GOD,
BUT I PUSHED MYSELF, AND PUSHED MYSELF, AND PUSHED
MYSELF FOR WAY TOO LONG, AND I ENDED UP GETTING REALLY SICK. IT HAD HAPPENED ME TWO OTHER
TIMES IN LIFE, BUT IT DIDN’T TAKE ME NEARLY AS LONG
TO RECOVER. THIS LAST TIME, IT TOOK ME
A LONG TIME TO RECOVER. AND EVENTUALLY, WE NEED TO GET
WHAT I’LL CALL, “THE FEAR OF GOD,” IN US TO KNOW THAT WE
WILL REAP WHAT WE SOW, AND THAT WE CAN’T BREAK HIS RULES
OF REST EVEN IN HIS NAME, AND GET BY WITH IT. SOMETIMES PEOPLE THAT ARE
WORKING FOR GOD THINK BECAUSE THEY’RE WORKING FOR GOD THEY
CAN DO THINGS LIKE THAT AND IT’S NOT GONNA BE A PROBLEM. BUT YOU KNOW, EPAPHRODITUS
WORKED SO HARD IN THE MINISTRY THAT HE GOT SO SICK THAT
HE ALMOST DIED. HE’S PAUL’S COMPANION. AND YET, WE HAVE THIS MAN WHO
WORKED SO HARD IN MINISTRY THAT HE ALMOST DIED. AND THROUGH PAUL’S PRAYERS
AND THE GOODNESS OF GOD, HE WAS HEALED. BUT THE THING I LIKE ABOUT
THAT STORY IS PAUL STILL SENT HIM HOME TO REST. EVEN THOUGH GOD SUPERNATURALLY
HEALED HIM, HE STILL SENT HIM HOME TO REST. AND SO, WE DON’T HAVE TO LIVE
AS VICTIMS OF STRESS. AS BELIEVERS, WE HAVE BEEN
PROMISED A NEW, POWERFUL, OVERCOMING, STRONG LIFE. BUT HERE AGAIN, AND YOU’RE
GONNA HEAR ME SAY THIS MANY TIMES TODAY, IT’S ABOUT
CHOICES. I DON’T KNOW WHY–I MEAN,
THERE’S DIFFERENT THINGS THAT GOD IMPRESSES ON US AT
DIFFERENT TIMES BUT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS MY
DAUGHTER AND I HAVE JUST BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND I’VE BEEN
THINKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOICES, AND HOW SO MANY
PEOPLE HAVE SUCH MESSED UP LIVES. BUT THERE’S REALLY NO POINT
IN BLAMING IT ON CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THE DEVIL, AND OTHER PEOPLE. IT’S REALLY ALL ABOUT WHAT KIND
OF CHOICES ARE YOU MAKING IN YOUR LIFE? THE CHOICES YOU MAKE TODAY WILL
BE WHAT YOU LIVE TOMORROW. AND SO, WE NEED TO THINK
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE CHOICES THAT WE’RE MAKING
AND REALIZE THAT THERE’S ONE PRINCIPLE IN THE BIBLE THAT
NOBODY CAN GET AWAY FROM AND THAT IS, YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. SO, IF YOU SOW FOOLISHNESS,
YOU’LL REAP THE RESULTS OF FOOLISHNESS. BUT IF YOU SOW WISDOM, YOU WILL
REAP THE RESULTS OF WISDOM. ONCE YOU REALIZE THAT STRESS
IS TRYING TO KEEP YOU FROM EXPERIENCING GOD’S BEST
IN YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN START MAKING NECESSARY CHOICES
TO CHANGE THINGS. THE NEXT CHAPTER–AND I KNOW
WE WON’T GET THROUGH THE WHOLE BOOK DOING THIS, BUT IT’LL KIND
OF GIVE YOU AN IDEA. “WHO’S IN CHARGE?”
ARE YOU LETTING OTHER PEOPLE DICTATE YOUR SCHEDULE,
WANTING TO KEEP THEM HAPPY? ARE YOU LETTING THE DEVIL
DICTATE YOUR SCHEDULE BY MAKING YOU FEEL GUILTY IF YOU DON’T
DO EVERYTHING THAT EVERYBODY WANTS YOU TO DO? ARE YOUR EMOTIONS IN CHARGE? YOU KNOW, THERE’S A LOT
OF THINGS THAT YOU MAY REALLY WANT TO DO BUT THAT STILL
DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD DO THEM. LIKE, I’M AT THE POINT IN MY
LIFE NOW WHERE I’M NOT DOING JUST WHAT I CAN DO, I’M DOING
WHAT I’M THE BEST AT AND LETTING OTHER PEOPLE DO ALL
THE OTHER THINGS. YOU SEE, THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS
YOU CAN DO, BUT JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DO IT THAT DOESN’T MEAN
THAT IT’S GOD’S WILL FOR YOU TO DO IT. AMEN? SO, A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER
IS THERE ARE FEW THINGS IN LIFE MORE STRESSFUL THAN
THINKING, “IT’S ALL UP TO ME.” “WELL, IF I DON’T DO IT,
NOBODY ELSE WILL.” “I CAN’T TRUST ANYBODY ELSE
TO DO IT RIGHT.” IN A WAY, THAT’S KIND OF LIKE–
WE MIGHT AS WELL SAY IT’S PRIDE. THINKING THAT NOBODY CAN DO
A JOB AS GOOD AS YOU CAN. AND SOMETIMES THAT’S HOW
PEOPLE GET THEIR WORTH AND VALUE. “WELL, IT’S ALL UP TO ME. IF I DON’T DO IT. NOBODY ELSE WILL DO IT.”
WELL, MAYBE IF YOU’RE KILLING YOURSELF TRYING TO DO IT THEN
IT JUST DOESN’T NEED TO BE DONE. AND IT’S AMAZING HOW PEOPLE
WILL STEP UP IF YOU JUST DON’T WAIT ON ‘EM ALL THE TIME AND DO
EVERYTHING THEY WANT YOU TO DO. HOW MANY OF YOU EXPERIENCE
THE FRUSTRATION OF TRYING TO KEEP OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY
ALL THE TIME? SEE? I THINK MOST OF US DO. I THINK MOST OF US DO. YOU KNOW, YOU WANT YOUR KIDS
TO LIKE YOU. YOU WANNA MAKE THE PERSON
YOU’RE MARRIED TO HAPPY. YOU WANT YOUR BOSS TO BE HAPPY. YOU WANT YOUR PASTOR
TO BE HAPPY. YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS
TO BE HAPPY. AND A LARGE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE
IN THE WORLD, IN THE PURSUIT OF TRYING TO KEEP EVERYBODY
ELSE HAPPY, THEY LOSE THEMSELVES AND END UP NOT
ENJOYING THEIR LIFE. AND THEN, ALL OF A SUDDEN,
THEY’RE 70 OR 80 YEARS OLD AND THEY’RE THINKING,
“WHAT HAPPENED TO MY LIFE?” THEY NEVER REALLY GET AROUND
TO DOING ANY OF THE THINGS THAT THEY LIKE, ENJOY, OR WANT TO DO. EVERYDAY, WE FACE TWO OPTIONS:
I TRUST MYSELF OR I TRUST GOD. AND THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID SOME
OF THE STRESS IS TO TRUST GOD. THERE’S SO MANY THINGS
IN OUR LIVES THAT WE JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND. AND I’LL TELL YOU WHAT,
TRYING TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING IS HARD WORK. I MEAN, ONE OF THE BEST STRESS
RELIEVERS THAT I KNOW IS, “I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS
GOD, BUT I KNOW THAT YOU DO. AND I’M GONNA LET IT GO AND
TRUST YOU.” TRUSTING GOD WITH YOUR LIFE
DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITIES OR THAT YOU
DON’T MAKE ANY DECISION. IT SIMPLY MEANS THAT YOU
SUBMIT EACH RESPONSIBILITY AND DECISION TO HIM. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TRUSTING
GOD OR PRAYING ABOUT THINGS INSTEAD OF WORRYING THAT
DOESN’T MEAN THAT THERE’S NOTHING FOR YOU TO DO. GOD WANTS US TO BE ACTIVE
AND HE WANTS US TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR OWN LIVES. THE PLACE WHERE WE GET
INTO TROUBLE IS DOING WHAT WE WANNA DO WITHOUT
SUBMITTING IT TO GOD. SO SIMPLE. IN PROVERBS, “LEAN NOT TO YOUR
OWN UNDERSTANDING BUT IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND
HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH.” GOD’S NOT ASKING FOR THAT MUCH. HE’S JUST SAYING,
“ACKNOWLEDGE ME. ASK ME TO HELP YOU.”
“GOD IS THIS THE RIGHT THING? IF THIS ISN’T THE RIGHT THING
THEN PLEASE SHOW ME.” SO, HOW MANY OF YOU IN THIS
ROOM NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES REGARDING STRESS? YOU KNOW WHAT? NO MATTER WHAT ROOM YOU’D BE
IN, YOU’D GET THE SAME RESPONSE. I MEAN, IT REALLY IS A HUGE,
HUGE PROBLEM TODAY. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? WE’VE ONLY GOT ONE LIFE. AND THERE’S NO DO-OVERS. I MEAN, WHEN IT’S DONE,
IT’S DONE. AND I’M REALLY PUTTING BEFORE
YOU TODAY, DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’RE 85 AND THEN LOOK BACK
AND HAVE NOTHING BUT REGRET. “I WISH I WOULD HAVE…”
“I WISH I WOULDN’T HAVE…” “I WISH I WOULD HAVE…”
IT’S AMAZING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU THINK ARE SO IMPORTANT
WHEN YOU’RE 25, BY THE TIME YOU’RE 75,
YOU REALIZE THEY JUST REALLY WEREN’T IMPORTANT AT ALL. ESPECIALLY, SOME OF THE THINGS
THAT PEOPLE ARGUE ABOUT. WHEN I THINK ABOUT SOME
OF THE THINGS DAVE AND I USED TO ARGUE ABOUT AND I’D BE
UPSET FOR THREE AND FOUR DAYS, AND GIVE MYSELF HEADACHES
AND STOMACHACHES, AND WASTE NO TELLING HOW MUCH ENERGY. I LOOK BACK NOW, AND I THINK,
“THAT WAS SO STUPID. I MEAN WHO REALLY CARES?”
YOU KNOW, WE FIGHT AND ARGUE TO BE RIGHT BUT BEING RIGHT
IS HIGHLY OVERRATED. IT REALLY DOESN’T DO AS MUCH
FOR YOU AS YOU THINK YOU WOULD. NOW, THERE’S A CHAPTER IN HERE
CALLED, “I’D LIKE TO EXCHANGE THIS,” AND THAT MIGHT SOUND
LIKE AN ODD CHAPTER TITLE. BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT,
GOD OFFERS US SOMETHING GOOD FOR SOMETHING BAD. “I WILL GIVE YOU BEAUTY
FOR ASHES.” “THE OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING.”
“THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR A SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS.”
“I’LL TAKE YOUR SIN AND GIVE YOU MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
SO, YOU CAN TRADE-IN YOUR STRESS TODAY FOR GOD’S PEACE. IT’S AVAILABLE, BUT WE HAVE
TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES. AND I’M GONNA BE HONEST
WITH YOU. I’LL JUST SAY THIS, TO SAY
IT’S BEEN SAID. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE
OBEDIENT TO GOD AND LIVE YOUR LIFE IN A WAY WHERE IT CAN BE
A HEALTHY LIFE AND YOU CAN GET THE MOST OUT OF IT, YOU MIGHT
AS WELL UNDERSTAND RIGHT NOW, THAT EVERYBODY IS NOT GONNA
LIKE IT. AND EVERYBODY’S NOT GONNA
LIKE YOU. AND I JUST KIND OF FEEL LIKE
SAYING IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF. SOME OF YOU NEED TO JUST STAND
UP FOR YOURSELF AND REALIZE THAT YOU’RE THE ONE TRYING TO
MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY AND WHO’S TRYING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY? YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE WILL USE
OTHER PEOPLE IF THEY’RE ALLOWED TO. THERE’S JUST SOMETHING KIND OF
WICKED IN HUMAN NATURE THAT EVEN GODLY PEOPLE WILL DO WHAT
YOU LET THEM DO. THEY’LL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU
TO WHATEVER DEGREE YOU LET THEM. AND I’LL TELL YOU ONE OF THE
BEST THINGS TO DO IS SET SOME GOOD GROUND RULES AND DRAW
SOME BOUNDARIES IN THE BEGINNING OF EVERY RELATIONSHIP
BECAUSE WHAT YOU LET GO ON, THE LONGER YOU LET IT GO ON,
THE HARDER IT’S GONNA BE TO GET OUT OF IT. THERE’S SOMETHING THE BIBLE
EVEN SAYS ABOUT, DON’T PAMPER YOUR SERVANT IN THE BEGINNING
BECAUSE IF YOU DO, HE’LL EXPECT IT LATER ON. AND YOU KNOW, WHAT MIGHT BE
A PRIVILEGE AT ONE TIME CAN BECOME AN EXPECTATION LATER ON. SO, YOU JUST WANT TO BE CAREFUL
HOW YOU BEGIN RELATIONSHIPS. WE DON’T ALWAYS CAUSE
THE STRESS IN OUR LIVES. SOMETIMES THINGS JUST HAPPEN
AND THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. BUT WE DO HAVE AN OPTION ABOUT
HOW WE RESPOND. THAT’S ONE OF THE BIG THINGS
TO REMEMBER. YOU KNOW, OUR RESPONSE TO THE
PROBLEMS IS REALLY WHAT SHOWS OUR SPIRITUAL MATURITY. WE CAN’T–YOU KNOW,
I PRAYED FOR MANY YEARS FOR THIS PROBLEM TO GO AWAY
AND THAT PROBLEM TO GO AWAY. AND YOU KNOW, MAKE THIS PERSON
CHANGE, MAKE THAT PERSON CHANGE. AND I DON’T KNOW, TOOK ME WAY
TOO LONG, MAYBE 30 YEARS, BUT I FINALLY THOUGHT,
“YOU KNOW WHAT? THE WORLD IS NOT GONNA CHANGE.”
AND NOT AT ALL TO BE NEGATIVE, ‘CAUSE I’M NOT A NEGATIVE
PERSON, BUT IF ANYTHING, IT’S PROBABLY GONNA GET WORSE. BECAUSE THAT’S REALLY THE
PATTERN THAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING. THE WORLD IS GETTING MORE
AND MORE VIOLENT EVERYDAY, AND MORE AND MORE BAD NEWS. AND SO, WE HAVE TO BE THE ONES
THAT CHANGE. IF YOU NOTICE, THE APOSTLE PAUL
NEVER PRAYED FOR THE BELIEVERS FOR THEIR PROBLEMS TO GO AWAY. YOU CANNOT FIND A PLACE WHERE
PAUL PRAYED FOR THEIR PROBLEMS TO GO AWAY. ISN’T THAT INTERESTING? BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HE DID PRAY? “I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE
TO ENDURE WHATEVER COMES WITH GOOD TEMPER.”
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HOLD ON TO STRESS, YOU CAN EXCHANGE
IT FOR PEACE AND JOY. GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU BEAUTY
FOR ASHES. BUT HERE’S THE THING,
YOU GOTTA BE WILLING TO GIVE UP THE ASHES. SEE, A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE
TO HANG ON TO THESE THINGS AND SIT AROUND AND HAVE
PITY PARTIES. AND YOU KNOW, YOU’VE HEARD
ME SAY THIS OVER AND OVER, BUT GOD TOLD ME A LONG TIME AGO,
“YOU CAN BE PITIFUL OR YOU CAN BE POWERFUL, BUT YOU’RE
NOT GONNA BE BOTH.” SO, YOU’RE NOT GONNA GET THE
POWER TILL YOU GIVE UP THE PITY. YOU’RE NOT GONNA GET THE HEALTH
UNTIL YOU REWORK YOUR SCHEDULE. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST
NEED TO GET MORE SLEEP, BUT THEY WON’T MANAGE THEIR LIFE
IN A WAY WHERE THEY CAN GET IT. OKAY, THIS CHAPTER’S CALLED,
“DECISIONS YOU MAKE AND STEPS YOU TAKE.”
THINGS TO REMEMBER: YOU DON’T GET TO CHOOSE WHAT HAPPENS
AROUND YOU BUT YOU DO GET TO CHOOSE HOW YOU RESPOND TO IT. THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE AND THE
STEPS YOU TAKE EACH DAY DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF LIFE
YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE. LET’S BE RESPONSIBLE. LET’S STOP ACTING LIKE VICTIMS
AND, “OH, EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME. NOBODY DOES ANYTHING FOR ME.”
LET’S TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN LIFE AND MAKE
THE CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE MADE. WHEN YOU TAKE A STEP FOR GOD,
EVEN IF YOU FALL DOWN, GOD’LL PICK YOU UP. SEE, WE DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID
TO STEP OUT AND TRY TO MAKE CHANGES BECAUSE IF IT’S
THE WRONG DECISION, IT’LL BE CLEAR. I THINK SOME PEOPLE,
THEY’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO DO IF THEY DON’T
TRY TO START DOING SOMETHING. BUT THE THING IS, IS IF YOU’RE
GONNA BE BOLD AND JUST SAY, “WELL, YOU KNOW, I’M NOT REALLY
SURE WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO–” BUT I VERY MUCH BELIEVE
IT’S KINDA LIKE, GOING OUT AND LOOKING FOR AN OUTFIT. YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T KNOW
EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT BUT YOU KEEP TRYING ON THINGS UNTIL
YOU FIND THE ONE THAT JUST LOOKS RIGHT ON YOU AND FITS YOU. AMEN? AND SO, I THINK IT’S
THE SAME WAY. SOMETIMES, YOU’VE GOTTA TRY
ON DIFFERENT THINGS TO SEE WHAT FITS YOU AND WHAT FEELS RIGHT
FOR YOU. BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING MORE
STRESSFUL THAN SPENDING YOUR LIFE DOING SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE
NOT REALLY ANOINTED TO DO. I MEAN, YOU TALK ABOUT HARD. I MEAN, THAT IS HARD. WHEN I FIRST WENT TO WORK FOR,
“LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER,” MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS AGO NOW,
PASTOR RICK HIRED ME AS HIS SECRETARY. WELL, AFTER TWO DAYS HE
FIRED ME. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: WE LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW,
BUT IT WASN’T SO FUNNY THEN. I WAS HEARTBROKEN. BUT HE JUST SAID, “I DON’T KNOW,
I DON’T KNOW WHY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS,
BUT SOMETHING IS JUST NOT RIGHT ABOUT THIS.”
AND THEN, I ENDED UP BECOMING AN ASSOCIATE PASTOR THERE
AND DOING A LOT OF TEACHING AT THE CHURCH, AND HAVING A WEEKLY
MEETING, AND BEING ON STAFF. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA
FAIL AT A FEW THINGS TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN SUCCEED AT. AND JUST REMEMBER THAT ANYTIME
THAT YOU KEEP TRYING TO DO SOMETHING THAT’S NOT RIGHT FOR
YOU, IT’S GOING TO MAKE YOU ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE. WELL, WE DIDN’T GET THROUGH AS
MANY CHAPTERS AS I WAS HOPING WE WOULD BUT THANK GOD,
WE HAVE THE BOOK. AND SO, YOU CAN ORDER THIS
BOOK, “OVERLOAD,” AND GET ALL THE STUFF THAT I WASN’T ABLE
TO GIVE YOU. AND GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN ORDER THIS BOOK TODAY
FOR YOUR GIFT TO THE MINISTRY OF ANY AMOUNT. YOU KNOW, NOT ONLY ARE WE
SHARING THE GOSPEL HERE ON TELEVISION THAT GOES INTO
MILLIONS OF HOMES, BUT WE HAVE MANY, MANY VERY POWERFUL
OUTREACHES TO THE POOR AND THE NEEDY AROUND THE WORLD. AND SO, YOUR FINANCIAL GIFTS
THAT YOU SEND IN TO THE MINISTRY ARE NOT WASTED,
THEY’RE PUT TO GOOD USE. AND SO, I HOPE THAT THE WORD
THAT I SHARED TODAY HELPED YOU. AND I PRAY THAT YOU’LL HELP US
BY GETTING THIS BOOK. AND YOU KNOW, MAYBE YOU KNOW
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44 thoughts on “Relieving Stress | Enjoying Everyday Life”

  1. This message today for me spike straight to my heart. I needed to hear this this morning. Blood pressure is high I needed this this morning. Thank you.

  2. Thanku Joyce u are great πŸ‘πŸ½ part of my every day life πŸ™I truly I watch u every day.God is Good.

  3. Look close, another Jocker lookalike…
    Be content the way God made your face… no Godly or virtuous women needs a bunch of facelifts. REPENT Joyce!

  4. It's funny.. I'm an atheist but I love Joyce and watch all her videos. I just replace God with the Universe when she speaks..and disregard the bible fables she talk about.. it works… she's a very powerful person.

  5. Love you Joyce. Please have a good rest or holiday as you sound a bit tried. Look after your self Joyce. Bless you and your health xxx

  6. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
    1 Corinthians 14:34-35

    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
    1 Timothy 2:12

  7. This is great teaching. One matter MUST be understood however, and that is that NOTHING along this line is ABSOLUTE! Otherwise we become judgmental with a know it all attitude. Here is Paul. Was it all the foolish choices he made that on one occasion he reported that he his traveling companion were having such a rough time in ministry they were pressed (stressed) beyond measure fearing for their very lives? Of course not. Really, this is just a fact. We Christans in so many ways have a stress to deal with the world does not. It is the stress of rejection. Any and all who belong to Christ are rejected by the world, and that is felt, and it IS stressful! That IS just the way it IS. Either that or Jesus told us lies. But no he did not. Indeed we as believers are destened to, and certainly do, have many tribulations, and thus certain hardships otherwise we would not, which is why most will never come with us, and so few stay. Of course HE IS WITH US THROUGH IT ALL! Most of us if not all, on the other hand have at times made things more stressful than need be. This of course is what our Dear Sister is very skillfully trying to help us with, and is graciously pointing out.

    I have been in the faith now for over 65 years, and ministered, preached for over 50 of them yet any time I listen to this dear Sister I always glean things that help me along my journey. I really do appreciate her ministry.

  8. Mrs Meyer … you are precious in my heart and life. I love you so dearly. Thank you so much for your time ,and your devotion to studying the inspired word of GOD Jehovah in heaven. …and SHARING πŸ’–

  9. Hi, just a FYI there’s an issue with the audio on this one. Periodically Joyce’s audio spikes and gets really loud and distorted.

  10. I ALWAYS BE AROUND PEOPLE WHO STRESS ME OUT. I JUST FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE AROUND THEM.I DON'T KNOW WHY. BUT I WANT TO CHANGE IT.

  11. I completely resonate with the notion that we have to rest and say no to things so that we can continue to put ourselves in a healthy position to say yes to other things. And that we should work within our strengths and listen for God's calling in our lives, instead of trying to strong arm all the problems and work to be done around us through our flesh. Without contradicting this, I want to add that we often, in this modern age, say no to too much out of this sense of self-preservation as well. And sometimes what we think is our "calling", is really just our comfort zone. And some of the stress in other people's lives that we expect them to learn to manage through these concepts of leaning on God and taking responsibility, actually is circumstantial. And if we wait for someone to feel "called" to help that person, we aren't being a loving neighbor. I see that a lot in my life, from people who understand how to reduce their own stress without using that health to actively love others.

  12. β™‘ I dont know the answer to this God… but I know you do… and Im gonna let it go..and trust youβ™‘ – very simple statement, but one that will help me manage stress and manipulate my choice making. Sincere thanks β˜†

  13. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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