Fall used to be the downtime season at work, but in the past couple of years it seems like we have had no downtime. Instead of less, we are doing more. I woke up the other day with an uneasy feeling in my chest. It was stress. If I’m working for God, shouldn’t I not be stressed? Ha. No, that is not true. But I decided to tackle stress in a different way. My go-to would be to worry, worry, and worry, but I’ve decided to combat stress with thankfulness. That’s right, Stress. Stay clear because Thankfulness is coming at you! (Can you tell that I’ve been working too much?) Instead of being anxious, I’ve decided to pause a few moments each day and think of the things that I am thankful for. I’m thankful for my life, my health, family, friends, work, sunny skies, the ability to pray, and the list goes on. I know, my idea isn’t original at all. It’s taken from Philippians 4:6, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (ESV) I’m finally trying to put these words into practice and it’s working out quite well. That uneasy feeling in my chest? It’s gone away and I know now that when it comes back I know what to do.