Did you know that you can suffer a heart attack at any age? According to allheartattack.com, 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States each year with 500,000 deaths. Studies also show the most common time for a heart attack to occur is Monday morning. According to researchers, an “outpouring” of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, occurs within working people on Mondays. What’s more interesting is that this test was performed on retired people as well and they still had that Monday stress elevation because their bodies remembered the stress of beginning their work week.
What I wonder though is if any of the people that were tested were in church the day before? How many were possibly listening to a sermon about casting their cares upon the Lord or reviewing scripture in Matthew that speaks to us about anxiety?
How can we break free from the “worry-wart” attitude when we begin our week? How can we reduce that risk of a heart attack?
First of all we can remember that God never changes. The God that delivered you last week, last month or last year is the same God that will deliver you from what you’re dealing with right now. Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NLT)
While teaching lesson #1 from my Bible Study FOCUS we talked today about keeping our focus on Jesus through rough times. It’s all about trust and remembering His promises.
Malachi 3:6a says, “ For I, the Lord, do not change.”
Question: Identify one change in your life; something within the last year, that has brought some frustration with it. How did you deal with it?