“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts, which is not a good thing for a stress-eater like me. Oh, another hmmm just popped in; it’s time to chew on it for a bit.”
That reply to mtsweat caused my pondering, why eat stress? Why consume that which has a detrimental effect on my health? Stress-eaters munch, chomp, and gobble even when not hungry, craving food when stress is unrelenting. The bodily and mental tension caused by the daily challenges of life affect us all by disturbing our equilibrium leaving us anxious, depressed, fearful, exhausted, and overweight. Yes, you read correctly, overweight; not from devouring everything in the pantry, but from the release of the hormone cortisol. When under intense pressure, cortisol gives us the energy to handle the nerve-racking situation. However, it also raises blood sugar levels causing the release of insulin, which can cause us to store more fat. So, instead of running for that dessert, or for this muncher the crunchy carbs, why not choose to grab a plateful of His Word; leisurely chewing and swallowing His goodness for its nourishing benefits.
Well, I’m back after an unplanned absence from the blogging circuit. The preparation for the Easter holiday followed by my father feeling under the weather and health issues of my own brought on by the ever increasing stress of my work environment required my attention, taking me away from my normal routine. While recently listening to a Christian radio broadcast, my mind wandered to the upcoming Women of Faith conference I will be attending with some of my God Chicks, anticipating refreshment and recharge when the voice of Joni Eareckson Tada broke into my conscience. She spoke about plugging into a power source, how we are not ipads, or iphones needing an occasional battery recharge but spiritual beings dependent on a full connection at all times to The Power Source to be productive. (John 15:1-6) That is when I realized the stresses of the past few weeks were more than they needed to be because I was not fully plugged in. And you, are you plugged in to The Power Source?