There are some days when it's tougher than others to be in control of your emotions and your responses to people.
Isn't that right?
I just gave myself an "amen" and a "hallelujah."
When you're stressed out and are barely holding it together, that always seems to be the time when people want at you. Everyone gangs up on you at the same time. People you haven't heard from in 15 years suddenly appear and jump on the heap! That's just how it happens. Inside your head you're screaming for them all to go away and leave you alone!
Yet nobody does.
The problems keep coming.
You don't even know what to do or which problem to tackle first because that's how mentally exhausted you are from the stress.
Here's a little encouragement from me.
Take a deep breath.
Smile (I know it's hard and you don't feel like it, but go with it).
Tell God that you know He is on your side and walking with you every step of the way.
(Even King David did this - check out Psalm 118:6)
Thank Him for being there - for being the only One who is listening to you
and the only One who doesn't have it out for you.
The problems and the people causing them won't necessarily go away, but you'll have your battle plan to gain control of how you respond to others...regardless of what they throw at you. Remember, God is always and will always be on your side when it feels like everyone else isn't. Here's the proof:
"Who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture...None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us."
- Romans 8:35-39, The Message