Under Pressure

How has your past week or month been like a pressure cooker? It’s been quite a challenging last couple of years how about you? How subtle this pressure begins to boil due to worry, anxiety, fear, and stress that begins to take a toll on us without even realizing it is happening.

Maybe your thinking a few prescription pills will get me through this or some extra drinking to take this load off your chest or take the edge off. This doesn’t necessarily take the steam off, but more likely adds to the steam to boil even hotter at times.

You remember the old tune “Mother’s little helper” the pressure was on, the kids were driving both parents to the graveyard or to drink! There’s not enough money to pay the bills. The steam was building for this mother, and looking for a quick fix to get some relief! Or workers facing demanding pressure to risk even their health like nurses and healthcare with the covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps you have lost a loved one recently and are having a difficult time how to cope with the stresses and losses.
Notice, when the heat is raised and the water boils in the pressure cooker pot, it blew its stack.

In our times of tension and stress we ought to be like the pressure valve on top of the pressure cooker to release the overflow convection of steam from the boiling pot. Release everything to the Lord.

Make time for yourself and have time alone for yourself and the Lord. Devote at least 5 to10 minutes a day of face time with God, because the pressure is on! Read the book of Pslams in the Bible, they’re short to read and to meditate on. Prayer, meditating, and even exercise will help relieve this stress and tension. The Word of God helps to renew your mind and heart. Helps us to look at the situation from God’s perspective. Journaling helps as well. I am speaking to myself as too!

He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside the still waters”. Psalm 23:2

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer”.
Psalms 19:14 NLT

Have a great day and weekend my friends.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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