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How to Handle Stress in Life and Marriage

The Bible recognizes that words are powerful. Encouraging words cheer the soul. The next time you feel overwhelmed with stress and worry, use God’s Word to give you words of encouragement. His Word is full of promises and hope, and it will bring you peace.


Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. 

Proverbs 12:25 


Is there anything that you feel stressed or worried about today? 

  • Take time to pray about it right now.
  • Cast your cares on the Lord. He truly cares for your needs.
  • Ask God for peace, hope, and assurance of His presence in your life.  


If you are married, then share how you are feeling with your spouse for some additional words of encouragement, and pray with your spouse about what is causing you to feel stress. They are there to help and support you through thick and thin. 



How to Help Your Stressed Out Spouse


If your spouse is dealing with stress and worry, one of the best things you can do is to pray daily with them and for them by lifting their needs to God. Married couples should help shoulder the burden – two carrying a load is much better than one. You can provide simple words of encouragement that can make all the difference.  


If one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. 

Ecclesiastes 4:12


God said from the very beginning: it is not good for humans to be alone. When you and your spouse are united together and with God, you will not be easily overpowered and can overcome many challenges. Make it your goal for your spouse to view you as an ally in hard times. 


Stress in Your Marriage


What if your spouse is the cause of your stress, and you don’t see them as an ally right now? It would be nice if every marriage came equipped with a plan for smooth sailing, right? Instead, you come face to face with severe storms and rough waters that can either strengthen your marriage or destroy it.


God is a refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  

Psalm 46:1 NIV


In times of trouble, it is easy to look back on the “good ol’ days”. If you could only go back to the way things were earlier in your marriage. Before when you could trust each other, or when you lost your job, or had children, or when you went out on dates and actually laughed and talked, the list goes on. 


It’s important to not lose hope! God has a plan and a future for you. Trouble will come to everyday life and marriage. It’s a matter of when. Remember your marriage vows? “In sickness and in health, for better and for worse, for richer and for poorer, until death do us part.” Jesus can hold you together through thick and thin if you trust and allow him to. 


How can you deal with current troubles and prepare for the troubles that lie ahead? Needless to say, you can’t “trouble proof” your life, but you can build your faith and marriage foundation on God by sinking deep into God’s Word and praying daily – individually and with your spouse. 


Prayer should be a big part of your marriage in good times and in bad times. The Lord is always there for you and will answer you whenever you call upon His name. 


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Life Lessons


We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 

Romans 5:3-5 NIV 


Did you know that without going through trials or hard times, you would face the days ahead without maturity or wisdom that comes through perseverance? Each test brings with it the ability to stay the course. By asking God what He wants you to learn from stressful and challenging situations, you build perseverance and character to help you navigate future storms. As you see God’s hand in your life and marriages, you can have confidence in His will for the years ahead. 


Challenges will come and affect your marriage and home. Ask God to help you look to Him for strength and guidance and to draw closer with your spouse. 


Sharing Difficulties


May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. 

Psalm 68:3 NIV 


In the midst of trials, you may not feel like rejoicing. You are not glad for your situation. But one interesting promise that God has made us is that we can find joy in Him. Choosing to praise God in all circumstances will bring about a glad and joyful spirit. Rejoicing in all the Lord has done for you can lift the burden of depressive situations. Share your burdens and face your difficulties together. 


Don’t Lose Hope


We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NIV 


When hard times come, it can be devastating, especially if we lose hope. With eternal hope ahead, we can keep life in perspective. Sometimes, God allows us to look back and see that what we once thought was a terrible situation was a blessing in disguise.


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Connect With Candlewood 


At Candlewood Church, we have a Christ-centered, national program Celebrate Recovery that gives people the resources and relationships to help recover from life’s hurts, habits, and hangups. If you are someone who is struggling, we would love to have you join us at our next meeting. Learn more about Celebrate Recovery here.


If you are dealing with stress and would like some additional prayer and support, the pastors at Candlewood Church in Omaha, NE would love to pray for you. 


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