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Seven Habits To Reduce Stress

By Pastor Rick Warren

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
(John 14:27)

There are seven spiritual habits for reducing stress, and they parallel the seven sources of stress in the modern world: worry, hurry, crowds, multiple choice, loss of privacy, pluralism, and fear of the future.

  • Look to God to meet all your needs: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” Psalm 23:1 NLT

  • Obey God’s instructions about rest: “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.” Exodus 34:21 NIV

  • Recharge your soul with beauty: “You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly.” Philippians 4:8 The Message

  • Go to God for guidance: “He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 NIV

  • Trust God in the dark valleys: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 NABRE

  • Let God be your defender: “How I love you, Lord! You are my defender. The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe.” Psalm 18:1-2 GNT

  • Expect God to finish what he starts in you: “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 NIV



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