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Stress to Joy – A Busy Woman’s Guide

What if God wants your heart more than your work?

Instead of being busy with endless tasks that can be stressful, what if we got:

  • busy being present
  • busy being grateful
  • busy connecting with friends
  • busy relaxing
  • busy resting
  • busy scheduling activities that bring you joy?

What if we got “busy” being comforted by God, so we have a glad heart, full of joy spreading cheer to those around us? 

Sister, are you endlessly busy work-filled or joyfully busy heart-filled?

A white daisy in a field

Get Busy In Savouring the Present

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

Proverbs 31:25 tells us a virtuous woman has a heart filled with strength, dignity and fearlessness. These qualities of a woman of God can feel hard to live up to, especially when feeling worn-out and overwhelmed from lives demands.

We may start our day with devotions, our minds calm as we read God’s word, but as the day progresses our peace slips to anxiousness. We respond to unexpected interruptions, conflict, and time pressures with trying to do more hurried and flustered. We believe we can only relax after getting those daily stressors out of the way. 

But what if God wants our hearts more than our work? 

What if we stripped off our worrisome busyness, and clothed ourselves with the presence of God’s strength and the splendour of His blessings? 

Since recently remarried, I went from an empty-nester to living with three adults who, I think, use a lot of dishes! The other day as I emptied the dishwasher (again!), I felt my body tensing and my mind beginning to race. “I have so many other things I could be doing.” Then I heard the Holy Spirit’s whisper: 

Be grateful, Lynn, that you have dishes to wash. And even more, a  dishwasher to wash them in, working hands to hold those plates you carefully selected in the home store you enjoy, and cupboards to place them in.”

 As I carried a pottery bowl that was once my late brothers, and placed it gently on my corner rack that I purchased at a floral store where a friend, who has now passed away from cancer, once worked, I took in a breath, and my mind slowed while my heart warmed, relieving any tension I was feeling. 

Instead of working faster to get to the next task, deadline, item on our lists, it is the act of slowing down to see the splendour of God in our everyday that fills our heart with strength to carry-on.

Because God is delighted when we enjoy our life.

Looking between trees at a river below

Get Busy With What Fills Your Heart With Joy

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Yes, we likely have heard that having a cheerful heart is good for our health. For example, laughter decreases your bodies stress response including slowing down your heart rate and blood pressure. Positive thoughts overall release neuropeptides that fight stress leaving your feeling more relaxed. 

Notice Proverbs 17:22, too, tells us a cheerful heart is good medicine for ourselves and for others. Our cheerful hearts are contagious, producing encouragement, enthusiasm, and positive future outlooks for ourselves, our loved ones, and others God places on our path.

When you have delight in your life, when you get busy with what fills your heart with joy, you are creating a cheerful heart, so, in turn, you can have the energy to cheer others on. 

Get Busy Turning Your Troubles Over To God

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that can comfort this in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Do you see how Paul instructs us to receive God’s comfort when we are troubled, so that we can comfort others? God’s comfort can be receiving His strength (the same strength referred to in Proverbs 31:25), encouragement, and hope. 

Instead of getting busy with finding ways to comfort ourselves through relentless research seeking for solutions and avoidance behaviours, God wants us to get busy seeking comfort in Him. 

How you feel matters to God. Did you know that just naming your negative feelings lowers the cortisol in your body (the hormone that releases from stress)? Instead of avoiding or dealing with our troubles by busy behaviours, get busy turning your troubles over to God. He designed us to name our troubles, so we can feel His comfort in our bodies, minds, and hearts. 

Let’s get busy being comforted by God, so we have a glad heart, full of joy spreading cheer to those around us. 

Wells Gray Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada

Get Busy Enjoying Your Life as God Meant for You

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because you are fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14

Sister, you are God’s work, and He makes all things wonderful, including you. 

What is God is inviting you into today, so you are enjoying your life? What can you get busy with today that brings you joy? 

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  1. Good morning Lynn, thank you for the words of encouragement. I was invited last minute to a dinner theater last evening. The food was delicious and we had lots of laughs. We had strangers sharing our table when we arrived and friends when we left. I love small town fund raisers!
    I.like your cosy winter list !
    I suppose you are making frequent visits to the shop to see the progress of your She Shed ?
    Enjoy the lovely warm temperatures.
    Love Pat

    1. I love what you wrote here, Pat! “We had strangers sharing our table….friends when we left.” That can become true of any of our small gestures for connection. Yes, the She Shed is coming along. It’s larger than I thought, and I wondered if it will be able to fit through the shop door once done, but I am assured it will!

  2. Oh Lynn, I love your opening question:

    “What if God wants your heart more than your work?”

    Thank you for this reminder today. It’s just so easy to slip back into that working mode, even while proclaiming that God wants my heart. I’m so glad that He is persistent to keep prodding and nudging me to slow and listen! Blessings to you in your new home!

    1. Thank you Bettie! I love your words: to slow and listen, and it is a challenge. I’m learning to slow and listen even in the busyness of life knowing it will be a life-long lesson journey. 🙂

  3. Oh Lynn, when I read this post the other day, I was having a hard time focusing on reading anything. I caught a flu bug and then it flared up my lung condition. I was beating myself up because I couldn’t do much or even focus on reading. Then I decided to read your post and God quieted my heart. “But what if God wants our hearts more than our work?” What a great question to ask ourselves in whatever time of life we’re in. I started to relax and give myself more grace to rest my body and mind. Thank you so much for reminding us that “it is the act of slowing down to see the splendour of God in our everyday that fills our heart with strength to carry-on.” Love and blessings to you!

    1. I hope you are feeling better, Trudy! God definitely does not want us beat ourselves up. I’m so glad God restored your heart to quiet, so your mind and body rested in His grace. You inspire me to give myself grace whenever I am feeling like I should be “more” and “doing more” when He wants our hearts more than anything else. May you be resting in His grace and love in whatever the day brings! Blessings and hugs back to you!

  4. Dear Lynn, you’ve re-made the word busy into something lovely and inviting, filled with anticipation and joy. I love this gift to us, your readers and friends. And your cozy winter printable is a wonderful treasure on this gray, dreary winter day. I’m hitting the print button even as we speak.

    Have a golden day …

    1. Ah, thank you, Linda. A shift in perspective can get us right back on track on being the beloved daughter’s of God, instead of striving for something else. It’s been grey and dreary here too, lately. I hope the Cozy List brought you some ideas to feel like a cozy sun ray just enveloped you, even when the dreary days of winter lurk. Have a golden day too!

    1. Amen! Asking ourselves if our work is an offering of His love is a question that can centre our hearts on His holy work for us. Thank you for summing up what it is to place our work in His hands.

  5. Lynn, this post blessed me this morning. Before reading your post, I had sat in quiet, looking out at the partly sunny/partly cloudy sky and appreciating the peace God brought. Then when I read your words, the truth of these words penetrated: “… it is the act of slowing down to see the splendour of God in our everyday that fills our heart with strength to carry-on.” Thank you for confirming that the Lord is wanting me to be quiet before Him. Beautifully encouraging post!

    1. It sounds like God had you focusing on His beauty, Joanna. You’ve reminded me the importance of appreciating the peace He brings us, too, when we are quiet before Him. Thank you for sharing that moment with us that further confirms His presence in our lives–in the here and now.