Do you ever walk along the top of a curb to see how long you can keep your balance? I still do it from time to time. I truly admire the gymnasts who perform complicated routines on a narrow beam placed above the floor. If the gymnast loses her balance, however, she falls.

Stress in life can knock me off balance, whether it’s financial, work-related, or people related. The best thing to do to relieve the stress is to work through a problem and resolve it, but that’s not always easy to do. When I’m feeling pressure from life, I like to take a walk. I prefer a quiet place with lots of greenery around me–flowers, trees, grass. Of course, around here there’s not much green in winter.

I recently found a book in my library, one that I had forgotten: Maintaining Balance in a Stress-Filled World, written by Midge DeSart and published by Regular Baptist Press. Using stories, personal experience, and Scripture, Midge shares ten keys to help us keep our balance when we meet conflict and trials. They are helpful to me, and I hope you find them so.

1. Place your struggles into God’s hands.
2. Trust God to be your strength.
3. Remember that your relationship with God is eternal.
4. Ask God to help you guard your heart, mind, and tongue.
5. Remind yourself that your hope is in Christ.
6. Pray, knowing God is listening.
7. Remember that you are held in the palm of God’s hand.
8. Learn not to dwell on if-onlys and what-ifs.
9. Rehearse the riches you have in Christ.
10. Trust the all-powerful God to care for you.

1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (NKJV)