10 April 2012

CLASSeminars - April is informed Woman Month

Karen has donated this article to be used by CLASSEMINARS to help get the word out 
about the next CLASS Christian Writers Conference this fall. Karen has attended every 
year except one, since 2004, and because of her interaction at the conference, she is 
reaping an expanded network in the writing industry as well as seeing amazing doors
 opening up for her this year. If you're interested in attending the conference, or would 
like to hear about their early bird special (expires the end of April),  click here for more information: http://bit.ly/H4hMYu/.


April is Informed Woman Month
Five Steps to Get a Grip on Your Stress
By Karen Jordan

How can we get a grip on our stress, when life is heavy and hard to take?
The book of Lamentations offers a clear word about dealing with stress. "When life is heavy and 
hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for 
hope to appear” (Lam. 3:28-29 MSG).

1. Go off by yourself. Jesus knew the importance of spending time alone with His Father. When 
He needed to listen, He would pull away from everyone. After Jesus fed the 5,000, He “climbed the
 mountain so (He) could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night”
 (Matt. 14:23).

2. Enter the silence. When we seek God, the accuser tries to distract us with fear, like in the story
 of Hannah. Hanna’s husband had two wives, and her husband’s other wife taunted her, accusing 
God for Hannah’s inability to conceive. Even when Hannah prayed, the accuser attacked. “… Hannah
 was praying in her heart, silently. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard. Eli jumped to the 
conclusion that she was drunk”…” (1 Sam. 1:13).

3. Bow in prayer. God promises that if we call on His Name, He'll listen. “… And if we're confident that he's listening, we know that what we've asked for is as good as ours” (1 John 5:15).

4. Don't ask questions. My questions often interfere with my communication with God—I’m talking,
 instead of listening. When Jesus taught His disciples, He asked them on several occasions, “Are you
 listening to me? Really listening?” (Matt.11:15).

5. "Wait for hope to appear." The psalmist speaks of “waiting,” “I waited and waited and waited
 for God. At last he looked; finally he listened. He lifted me out of the ditch, pulled me from deep
 mud. He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn't slip” (Ps. 40:1-2).

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may
 or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the
 time comes” (Matt. 6:34).

So, remember, "When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in
 prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear" (Lam. 3:28-29).

Karen Jordan is best known for telling the stories that matter most. She has multiple
 writing credits and trains other writers as well. Contact her for speaking events, writing
 assignments, and interviews atkj@karenjordan.net or visit www.karenjordan.net.

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