Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stress Paralyzed, It's a Thing!

Y’all, being stress paralyzed is a thing. 

If you haven't watched Mom’s Night Out already, then go watch it! It’s a really awesome movie! My family and I, well, we like to quote movies every chance we get, and the one we use a lot from Mom’s Night Out is this, “I’m stress paralyzed!” In the movie there was kind of a mini debate on whether being stress paralyzed is truly a thing, but for me, there is no doubt that being stress paralyzed is a thing! 

Have you ever felt so stressed out that you can’t move, all you can do is stare at nothing in particular while your mind is racing? This is what it feels like to be stress paralyzed! 

Life gets busy, with to-do lists galore, schedule’s to keep, places to be, jobs to go to, until everything gets pushed back, put off, and thrown into a pile that rivals Laundry Mountain.

Sometimes everything gets so heavy, and we get tired of dragging our feet. We miss out on the little things of life. The things that we buzz by in our attempt to conquer our to-do list(s). We get so busy, that we sit at the end of our beds, overwhelmed and tired. This is when we become stress paralyzed. 

So how do we NOT feel stress paralyzed?

Well, first, I think we have to realize that our to-do lists won’t magically end when you have everything crossed off. It is a never ending list that just keeps growing. It’s like walking on a treadmill. Your legs are moving, running as fast as they can. The machine tells you that you’ve gone X amount of miles. Your exhausted and sweating, but the thing is, you are running on the same belt that just goes round and round. It is a never ending cycle unless you push the off button!

Lets take the treadmill analogy and say that the treadmill is ALL of the things that stress you out. Whether it be school, your job, your future, your worries, you name it. Think about it, ALL of the things you are stressing over, all of what you are obsessing over, all of the worries. No matter where you are at, there is always going to be something. The treadmill won’t stop unless you stop it. 

I'm not saying that you should throw your hands in the air and stop everything that is causing you stress, nope, that’s not how it works. Instead of giving up on everything, we should be giving it up to God. By pushing the off button, you aren’t stopping the stress, your giving the stress to Someone who already knows how everything is going to turn out. The thing is, nobody else can push that button for you. YOU have to make that decision to give it to God. 

When you feel like you can’t hold the weight of your stress any longer, when you feel stress paralyzed, you have got to say, “Lord, you know where I’m at. You know what I’m going through right now. And I trust that you know best. Take my stress, take my worries, my fears, this heavy burden. I'm lifting it up to you.” No matter what wording you use, just give him your stress.

By letting God handle your stress, you are saying NO to the stress treadmill. Next time you feel stress paralyzed, talk to God. God is the best listener. 

Psalm 55:22
“Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

 Matthew 11:28
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”     
Have you ever felt stress paralyzed? How do you handle stressful situations? 
What is your favorite bible verse that talks about rest?
Guys, can you believe that the next post will be in August?? This month has seriously flown by!!! What are you excited about this coming week? 
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  1. I have been stressed paralyzed before, it's always an awful experience.

    1. Yes, it's definitely not good to be so stressed out that you feel paralyzed. I'm so thankful that we have Someone to take our burdens off our shoulders if we ask Him too. Thanks for commenting!!!

  2. Oh my goodness my family references movies all the time, too!! I definitely agree--giving it to God, I've learned, is so much simpler. Nice post! :)

    1. Ya, quoting movies with family is so much fun! :D Yep, God can handle our stress and worries so much better than we can. It is simpler, and yet at the same time, it's so hard to give it to God. I definitely struggle with letting go.
      Aww, thanks, and thank you for commenting! ;)

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    1. Oh thanks!!! I am really happy with how it turned out! :D

  4. Yes, I’ve seen Mom’s Night Out and that movie is hilarious! :D
    Great post, Brooklyne!

    1. Isn't it?!? We have seriously watched it over and over! :)
      Thanks, Sarah, and I'm glad you stopped by!

  5. I loved Moms Night Out! I totally agree with you, I feel stress paralyzed sometimes and it’s hardddd. And stressful. Giving it up to god is definitely the best thing to do!

    1. It's such a good movie!!! Feeling stress paralyzed is definitely not a good feeling. When we try to handle everything ourselves, it can get too heavy to carry. And that's when we realize that we have to let Him carry our burdens for us. Because, why get so worked up and stressed out when God is taking care of it? He's got it all worked out! We just need to lift up the things that are stressful and let them be "in the palm of God's hand." <-- Moms Night Out!
      Thanks so much for commenting, and I hope this post was encouraging to you! :D