Dealing with Stress

As the school year comes to a close for many SPO campuses, students are often overwhelmed with final tests and projects along with packing up for the summer, and all the other year end loose ends. SPO Student Missionary Mary Therese Kebe shares how she deals with the year end stress that so many students experience this time of year.It’s that time of year once again.  Papers, projects, and tests all crowd my to-do list.  The library is once again full of people at all hours of the day.  Stress is at an all time high for everybody.  My mind and body both plea for sleep, and a respite from the pressure of finals week. 

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But when the pressures of life threaten to overwhelm me, I take a break.

I run, and when I run, it is as if I am running away from the pressures of the day.  My mind is able to open up, and be refreshed by the conquering of oneself.  I am able to realize how incredibly blessed I am to have the ability to run, walk, and to be educated.  I play the piano, as the music seems to lift my soul, and bring much need refreshment.  But most of all, I pray.

I turn to the Lord with all my worries about grades, finals, and all the things that need to be finished before the day is over.  I often remember the words in Psalm 23, “He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul…surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of life”.  And as I reflect on these words, I realize that the Lord doesn’t want us to be stressed or burdened down with the cares of this world.  Instead He wants us to run to Him, to find shelter in His arms, to breathe in His sweet and holy fragrance, and say, “Jesus, I trust in you… despite all the worries of today and tomorrow, I trust in you.”  Because His word holds fast, His promises withstand the test of time, and with Him we are safe. And when I remember all of this, my worries seem far less troublesome because the Lord is my refuge, the anchor of my soul.

-submitted by Mary Therese Kebe, Student Missionary at ODU