Sunday, March 1, 2009

He Hears Me

This past week has been a stressful one. Let's face it - life can just be stressful. I've always thought that I handled stress fairly well. I don't get overly anxious and can usually keep myself calm over situations that are out of my control.

I had my yearly check-up Thursday and when they took my blood pressure, it was 135/96. They took it 3 times just to make sure with 3 different machines. My b/p has never been that high. He advised me to follow-up the next day with my regular doctor, which I did on Friday. Of course, by the time I got there, I had gotten myself all worked up over it and it was 150/96! Not a good sign. Added just a little more stress to my day. I go back Monday and if it is still elevated he said we would talk about medication.

I am a pretty small person, so he said he wasn't weight related. My diet could be better. I do need to exercise more. Ok... I need to exercise a lot more. Ok... I need to exercise period! But basically he said it's just a case of bad genetics. My father died of a heart attack at the age of 58. My grandfather had his first heart attack when he was only 40. This has really disturbed me and left me just a little unsettled.

I don't feel stressed, but we all know that our lives are busy and hectic and work can be busy and hectic and then we feel the pressure of it all.

I turned to the Psalms last night and began focusing on this:

"In my distress, I cried to the Lord. And he heard me." Psalm 120:1

Praise God that when I am in distress I can call upon His Holy name. I can cry out to my Lord. Abba Father! I can look to the one who gave me the best genetics of all! And... He hears me. Oh, praise His name that He hears my cry. I know that when He hears me, He will send me the comfort that I need.

He calms my fears.
He settles my soul.
He hears.
He responds.
He covers.

Thank you Lord that you are my help.



Lisa said...

I love how you ended with:
He calms my fears.
He settles my soul.
He hears.
He responds.
He covers.

Yes - Lord Yes! You are God over all of our circumstances. You are God in the midst of our trials. You are God and there is no one like You!

Blessings - Beth!

Beth in NC said...

I pray great peace will rest upon your body and that all tension will leave.

Lifting you up!

Terri Tiffany said...

I pray you get your Blood pressure under control! Exercise will help relax stress you didn't even know you were feeling.

Deanna said...

i love the psalms, they really are so very relevant to our needs, desires, troubles and even praise and of worship.

hope you have lower numbers tomorrow.

God bless :O)

Yolanda said...


I love the scripture that spoke to your heart and I would like to give you one more. Nahum 1:7

I've found myself often clinging to this scripture. I love how He gives us comfort and peace.

Will be praying!


a cup bearer said...

Beth, I've found myself in your exact situation. And you're right. The "slightly high" blood pressure did nothing but throw me into greater stress, too! I could walk by one of those self-checks in Walmart and feel it rising. So for that, I pray a covering of peace over your mind.

You keep praying, girl.

MawMaws Dog House said...

If you hear from the kids............would you please drop me a line and let me know. I can't get an answer today except from Cole. He always answers but Rod and Meg don't. I'd like to hear they are ok. Thanks

Sharon said...

I surely know about the blood pressure problem for many years I have had this but finally I prayed and asked the church to pray with me, I took myself off my medicine and I tell you I feel so much better. I believe by "faith" that my blood pressure is normal, The Lord has heard my prayers and has it all under his control. I pray for peace for you that he hears your prayers, and that you will be released from this burden.

LisaShaw said...

My husband and I continue to pray for you from when I received your prayer request. He has high blood pressure.

May the rest that we can only find in our LORD be with you my dear sister.

beckyjomama said...

I am praying for ya! Rest in Him ... He has it all under control!


Laurie said...

Sorry your week was stressful sister. I can relate. I am trying to carry a little Bible around with me lately to read and think about Scripture more to help lessen the stress. Yes, we can all relate. I pray God will uphold you, preserve you, and sustain you!
I pray that we would find ourselves abiding---something that I desperately need to do in the midst of a stressful season of life.

Anonymous said...

I hope the Lord brings your bp back down to normal. With all that has been in the news, I might need to get mine checked :)
Just listening to praise music helps with stress. I have been thinking about how I need to listen to it more.
Have a blessed week,

Debbie said...

I just want to thank you personally for your prayers and words during this time and for your continuing prayers. He's come a long way, and my prayer is that he gets stronger everyday to come home. I'll get that picture up soon. Thanks again, Debbie