During this stay at home order, I’ve joked to people that when I haven’t been stress-eating, I’ve been stress-buying. 

I’m “working” from home right now but most of my work has to be done in person. So really, all I have to do is check my work email occasionally and participate in Slack discussions with co-workers. 

That means A LOT of free time on my hands. 

I’ve overbought at the grocery store “just in case” and my waistline is evidence of that. 

I spend a lot of time on a dangerous little website called Amazon. That one-day shipping option is really great! 

But it’s interesting…despite all the marvelous and comforting food I bought….

Despite all those unnecessary Amazon purchases that give me a little boost of adrenaline each time I click “Submit Order”…

I’m still finding myself at the end of each night filled with anxiety and concern.

It’s almost as if “things” aren’t that important to my emotional, mental, and spiritual well being. 

The Father has been pressing this on my heart a lot recently. “Jenny, how much stress-praying have you done compared to your stress-eating and stress-buying?”

I’ve had to shamefully admit that the ratio is considerably unbalanced. 

I thrive on routines. And they all crumbled upon hearing the announcement, “The state is closed.” 

Can you relate? I imagine you can. Those of you with children probably understand it the most. 

In the toughest of circumstances, it’s hardest to pray. But that’s when we need to pray the most. 

If you are feeling lost, filled with anxiety, or overwhelm…do a heart check. How much time have you spent bringing these feelings and emotions to The Father. Stress-buying and stress-eating only expand your belly and deplete your checking account.

Praying, during stressful times, will bring Him closer to your heart and fill you with peace amidst chaos and comfort amidst the unknown. 

That’s not available on Amazon and there is no one-day shipping. That’s available now and always. Grab your bible, bow your head, and go to your Father. 

Thank you, Father, for always being there in good times and bad! 

Author: Jennifer Followwill

Jennifer Followwill began attending Vineyard about 5 years ago. She served at the Food Bank for several years and she loves her small group. She works full-time at Arizona State University's West Campus and teaches aerobics twice a week at Glendale Jazzercise. When she's not working, she loves to be the best aunt ever to her two teenage nephews, cheer on the Diamondbacks, hike, nap, and binge-watch TV shows.

3 thoughts on “Stress-Praying”

  1. I actually find myself praying more than usual during this time which gives me a peaceful feeling and a feeling of relief.

  2. So sweet how the Lord reads our hearts, speaks to us and brings His peace over and over again.

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