"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!" (Luke 12:27-28)
It is estimated that over 70 percent of Americans experience physical or psychological stress on a regular basis? According to this statistic, you probably are. The problem with stress is that it can begin to affect other areas of our lives - our health, our relationships, and even our relationship with our God and Savior.
One of the bigger issues with stress is that it tends to keep us focusing too much on our circumstances and our ability or inability to change those circumstances. With this mindset, we tend to focus on the symptoms rather than the root cause.
While there are some physical exercises and techniques that help one cope with stress, pastoral counseling is intended to help correct and guide underlying attitudes concerning a whole array of life: possessions, work, health and fitness, marriage and relationships, etc. By focusing on Biblical encouragements to faith and prayer, along with a healthy dose of reminders about who is truly in control, the underlying causes of stress begin to subside.