Sunday, May 3, 2009

Anyone Else Stressed?

Oh, girls, I know you are!! We're all living this Life and it's tough sometimes!

I was thinking about it today. We had such a full afternoon yesterday. The kids are coming down with "crud" and I hit a wall today in exhaustion. It wasn't pretty. We just stayed home from church.

Usually, when I encounter this kind of stress and fatigue, I default into snacking, overeating, and more snacking. Plus, today I made my oldest's Spiderman Birthday cake - recipe for ultimate crash of healthy eating. Oh My!

Well, I cannot say it was complete victory, but I didn't go crazy! Hallelujah!

This stress-eating thing will be a huge obstacle to my healthy, BALANCED living as I go through this season of life (selling a house, moving, buying a new house, making new friends, etc.) if I do not let Christ remind me of the boundary lines that have fallen for me in pleasant places! (Psalm 16:6) Let me tell you siestas, I'm in hot pursuit of Christ's peace here. I'm tired of buying the lies that the food will make me feel better. It is not true!! May I, in Christ's power, say no and turn in prayer to find my satisfaction and fulfillment in Him alone.

I covet your prayers as I take my stand against the Devil's scheme in this area of my life. I'm going to do my best to be strong in the Lord and in HIS mighty power (Eph. 6:10-11) Tomorrow, my "shred" is supposed to arrive. The exercise should help relieve tension too, right?! Tell me, girls, how'd this weekend go for you?

with much love,


  1. Girl, I am praying for you. We moved across the country a few years ago and I knew exactly 3 friends here ( my mother and sisters inlaw!). I know it's tough and stressful, but I also know you can do this AND stay strong. Because the strength you need is in HIM!
    I am an emotional eater too - big time! So, I have started keeping carrots, celery, peppers, etc. cut up and bagged in the fridge to munch on when those times come. PLUS the workout really helps. There is a part where you do punches and - when I am not picturing Jillian's face - I can usually be found punching out the stressful things in my day!

    I KNOW you can do this and we will NOT let eachother fail. We are ALL in this together and holding eachother up strong!

    LOVE ya!
    Becky Jo

  2. Rachel,

    I moved to my new home almost 5 years ago and I can tell you that there are days when I STILL feel like I just moved here. Moving is STRESSFUL!!!

    But as I read your post and I read Becky's response I was reminded all over again why I love the Body of Christ and why I love this scripture:

    Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25 THE MESSAGE)

  3. Rach,
    I think one of the coolest things about having the community of believes online, AKA The Siestas, is that where ever you go, we get to go with you!

    I've never had to move across the country, I've never even moved across the state! I will be praying for you in the transition!

    <3 Teri