Spiritual Practice


Nicole Jonas

I was officially stressed. One of my classes was way over my head. Then I got a C on a Physical Chemistry test, and my scholarships required me to have an A- average. My two jobs were barely enough to cover the bills, and other obligations demanded the rest of my free time.

God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.
1 Peter 5:7 (CEV)

One day, I was so tired of being stressed that during lunch, I locked myself in a quiet room and prayed. I needed some time to cry and to let out my frustration; and God was there to listen, to reach out, and to fill me with peace. I realized that my life was not really falling apart. God was still in control and would help me work things out. By the time I left for my next class, I was praising God.

I continued my lunchtime retreats throughout the semester. Every time I was too stressed to function, God would be there for me—understanding my struggles, providing strength to get me through the stress, and comforting me when I was upset. Believe me, taking my struggles to God sure beats trying to tackle them all on my own!



G-o where you can be alone with God.

A-ssess the situation; look at your life from God’s perspective.

S-trength comes from God; depend on God to help you.

P-ersevere; take one step at a time, and God will lead you through.


—from devozine (May/June 2007). Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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