Prayer For Moving Stress
Why Moving is So Stressful (And 3 Things You Can Do About It) | The Bellhops Blog
Moving is listed as one of the top stressors that a person can experience in a lifetime—right along with divorce, loss of a job, or loss of a loved one. Any of us that have moved before (or even announced that we are moving) have probably heard this.
But, exactly, why is moving so stressful? Well, yes, there’s the scheduling, the packing, the expenses, the general disruption. But there’s also something more profound going on.
While moving is stressful, it can also be an exciting adventure. So how do we minimize stress and maximize the good? Generally speaking, there are three things we think you can focus on to help:
- The power of a positive mindset
- Doing your practical preparation
- Taking the time to cultivate a new home
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First, Why is Moving so Stressful?
When we live somewhere, four walls become transformed from just blueprints to a real place where you live. We become attached to these places because they aren’t just places, they’re the canvases that our memories are painted on. They become a part of us. And disruption of this attachment can cause stress—pretty straightforward, right?
But these attachments can be profound, playing a key role, even, in our understandings of home, rest, and, yes, even our own selves.
Tack this disruption onto the other factors ( we mentioned) that always seem to accompany a move—time pressure, weighty decisions, the stress of looking for a new place, and potential financial disturbances, and we start to fill in our picture. You’re juggling a lot of moving parts here (no pun intended).
Yes, Moving is Stressful—But it Doesn’t Have to Be
So, we build bonds with the places we live and being displaced is necessarily a jarring experience for us.
But, while moving can be a cause for stress, grief or loss, there are also many wonderful things that can come with moving: stimulation, excitement, joy, and the feeling of new opportunity and adventure.
So how can we maximize our chances of those good emotions and minimize stress? Generally speaking, there are three things to focus on that will help make your move memorably happy instead of notably hard.
1. The Power of a Positive Mindset for Reducing Moving Stress
Establishing a positive mindset will help to lower your stress during the move and enhance your satisfaction with your new home. Easier said than done, right? Here are some tips on how to boost your positivity when approaching your upcoming transition.
Reflect on what’s important to you
As you reflect on the area you are leaving, ask yourself why this particular place stands out to you. Ask also why other places you lived felt home. In doing so, you will identify aspects of your life that are most important to you and can intentionally pursue these areas in your new home.
Lean on your friends and family
During the moving process, you will not only need your friends and family for practical help (i.e. moving that grandfather clock your upstairs sitting room), but also for emotional support. Talk to your family members if you are concerned about how your move will affect them, whether they are coming with you or staying in your old town.If you’re having a hard time feeling positive about the move because you’ll be leaving friends or family, schedule your next visit with them before you move. Share your struggles of grief with someone you trust and ask them for support during your transition.
Take a good long look
Schedule in a little time for you to give your house, yard, or favorite spots downtown a good walk through or visit. Consider settling down with a friend or family member and reminiscing about the memories you’ve made in your home. Feeling the sadness of a chapter closing is okay and normal, but try not to stop there altogether.
Talk about previous homes, noting how you made good memories, built friendships or grew in the various stages and places of your life. Also, write down some things that you would love to keep doing, dream of doing, or hope to change in your new home.
Look to your new home as a new beginning
Whenever possible try to reorient yourself to think of your move as a new chapter opening rather than an old one closing. Look forward to the things that will bless you in your new home. For example, you may be moving into a job you’re looking forward to, closer to family, into your first house, or to an exciting new city.
You may have the opportunity to learn about a different culture or attend a graduate school you’ve been pursuing. Remind yourself of these opportunities and remember that the home you’re leaving is not lost. Your past experiences and memories have contributed to who you are today.
2. Do your Due Diligence: Practical Preparations
During your move, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of consequential decisions to make and laborious tasks to complete. And moving day can be where the stress peaks during your moving season. So don’t forget to have some good, energizing food at the ready on moving day, and look over the following tips to reduce any extra stress.
Work out the budget
Moving brings with it a number of extra expenses including closing costs, overlapping rent payments, storage rental, moving equipment, hiring professional movers, packing materials, cleaning supplies, etc. These expenses, though, don’t have to add stress to your move if you are aware of them ahead of time.
Think through your moving day and calculate how much to set aside for moving expenses. If you realize that your move will be more expensive than you can swing, you’ll have enough time to cut costs, for example, asking your friends to help move the easier stuff, making food for move day instead of buying out or finding a more cost-effective way to store your extra things.
Create your moving timelineWhile you’re in planning mode, make your moving-day timeline. This can be a simple schedule or a detailed to-do list with time frames, expected weather and the schedules of people helping you. Either way, creating a timeline will help you remember the details of the day.
For example, you may want to schedule a time for you to clean your house after its empty. You may also have friends helping you move and want to thank them with an early dinner. Or you may need to be your old apartment by a certain time. Writing this all out will help you have less stressful decisions to make in the moment on move-day and will eliminate a lot of stress during your move.
Hire professional helpers (Bellhops would love to help!)
While friends may be willing to help with your move, consider hiring movers to handle your move. If you hire movers, you won’t have to lift a finger on moving day.
You won’t have to go through the cumbersome pain of driving and returning that horrible rental truck.
If you’ve ever been through the headache that is a moving day where you’re running the show yourself, letting professionals take care of you will be an extremely welcome change.
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Make a smooth transition
During the process of your move, though it may be hard to fit in, you’ll have to work out some of the logistics of your move and the resulting paperwork. Create a moving checklist. If you begin this a month before your move, you should be stress-free here.
For your reference, some of these extra details include transferring your kids to a new school, retrieving medical records, changing your mailing address, transferring utilities, updating your driver’s license, and ending your lease agreement.
3. Take the Time to Cultivate a New Home
Though you are moving away from an old home, there are plenty of ways to create in your mind that “feels—home” bond with your new home. Building this bond can help significantly in dealing with the stress during your move and the potential sadness after your move.
Home is where you feel oriented, secure, in control, and a part of the environment around you. To feel at home in a new place do the following three things.
Rework your old routines
Research reveals that people experience a reduction in stress when they recreate well-known settings. So look over the things you did regularly in your old routines and work them into your new schedule.For example, if you used to work out in the mornings, watch a particular TV show on Tuesday nights, and went out to eat with a friend or spouse on Friday nights, keep doing those things! You may have to rearrange the schedule a bit, but establishing a routine you enjoy will give you the feeling of security and familiarity that begins that person-to-place bond.
Building familiarity with a place is one of the best ways to strengthen attachment. To further develop your familiarity with your new home introduce yourself to your new neighbors and explore the area.
Research shows that frequent use and prolonged occupation, for example sitting under a specific tree or on a particular park bench, promote an attachment or sense of “ownership”. So go out on the town, hike some local trails, or take your dog to the park. Find a few favorite spots and go there often.
Pursue what you love in your new environment
What do you love to do? Do you find yourself most happy when working with your hands? Building, making, or designing? Do you love finding inspirational reads and attending book clubs? Do you have a current hobby you enjoy? Pursuing these areas you love will help you grow attached to your new home.
For example, studies show that people who love the outdoors gain attachment to their new home when involved in walking and biking in a local park. Incorporating the hobbies and activities you love into your life will help you make positive memories around and build a meaningful bond with your new home.
Say Goodbye to Moving Stress
So, if you’re stressed about your upcoming move, remember that you can make a difference in your mood by adjusting your mindset. You can build a barrier to stress through preparation and planning.
You can have the hope of building a bond and finding familiarity and joy in your new home. And if you need help during any stage in your move, give Bellhops a call.
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Healing Power of Prayer to Reverse Disease
The healing power of prayer is an integral part of the Abundant Life.
One of the first things Jesus taught His followers was how to pray, and He frequently separated Himself – even from His ministry – to take time to be with our Heavenly Father.
He indicated the power of prayer to change our circumstances, but we’re learning more about what prayer can do for our lives and even our health.
In this article, you will learn about:
- The Importance of Prayer
- Prayer Research
- Ways Prayer Heals
The Importance of the Healing Prayer of Prayer
In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)
The life of a Christian should center around the importance of prayer. Jesus modeled this for us, making time for prayer even when He was surrounded with people expecting so much of Him.
In His three year ministry, He accomplished enough that the Gospels say books couldn’t contain it all – yet He still made time to step away and pray; which was probably the reason why He was able to accomplish so much, but that’s another story altogether…the proverbial caution against Perfection becoming the enemy of Good, we cannot allow Busy to take away from Blessed.
Taking the time out in the healing power of prayer to breathe, meditate, and refocus our lives is vital for our spiritual, mental, and physical health.
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Prayer Research: The Healing Power of Prayer
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 )
The subject of prayer has been the focus of a surprising amount of research. No doubt, the contrast between concrete steps of science and abstract actions of faith is intriguing.
A word of caution precedes the pursuit of hard evidence or “trying” God – at its core, prayer is about faith. With this in mind, the results of research are mixed – as one would expect. Yet, there have been indications of the effects of prayer that can be measurable in terms of data.
A 2015 review worked through the literature to analyze how and why people pray for others and during personal illness. The review documents a few studied reasons people pray in relation to health, including: (1)
- Disease-centered prayer
- Assurance-centered prayer
- God-centered prayer
- Others-centered (intercessory) prayer
For each of these kinds of prayer, researchers have analyzed the ways prayer is initiated, the motivation behind it, and the results, looking for patterns and verifiable results. At the end of the day, the confirmation we have regarding the effects of prayer seems to boil down to the long-standing core understanding of the Christian faith:
Prayer changes things, yes, but more importantly, prayer changes us.
The Healing Power of Prayer: 5 Ways Prayer Heals
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
1. Healing Power of Prayer – Stress Management
This is the first healing change that I’d to point out, for a very specific reason. Stress is at the core of so many of our health issues, both chronic and acute. Incidentally, stress is also one of our primary excuses for not spending more time in prayer.
In 1 Peter, we’re instructed to cast all our anxiety on Him, and we need to do so now more than ever.
An extensive review of the literature deemed individuals with an engaged religious and spiritual lifestyle have better mental health and adapt more quickly to health problems. (2) Moving our minds and hearts away from our stress and onto our faith takes the weight off of our shoulders.
2. Healing Power of Prayer – Peace of Mind
When we turn our cares and stresses over to God in prayer, we are left with a peace of mind – yes, that passes all understanding! It doesn’t have to make sense – in analytics or research or data – for us to be calm and confident in the face of adversity. It’s a matter of faith expressed through prayer!
In addition to the overall health improvement indicated in the previous review, this level of peace was reflected in a study on patients with depression and anxiety.
Not only did prayer help initially, but the effects of intensive prayer therapy extended until the follow up a full year after the study.(3) As many of us know personally, that kind of peace can extend as long as we are willing to maintain the prayer relationship.
Remember, His yoke is easy and burden light! We don’t have to hold our worries and cares, and when we actively let it go in prayer, our health reflects that release.
3. Healing Power of Prayer – Lowered Inflammation
The illnesses and conditions sparked by stress are typically inflammatory in nature – the body’s inflammatory responses going into overdrive to attack the invisible threat. So, naturally, when our stress is under control thanks to a productive prayer life, the negative inflammatory response will be lessened.
Exploratory research is touching on this phenomenon, with a recent study pointing out the potential that we can help control inflammation with intentional control of emotions. (4) Purposefully shifting our focus in prayer can play a huge role in this kind of control that would ultimately tell our bodies to breathe easy – God’s got this!
4. Healing Power of Prayer – Gut Health
A poorly functioning gut can wreak havoc on health. Beyond nutrient absorption – which is no small task – the gut is also a key component in immunity, bacterial balance, and even mental health.
The connection between the brain and gut is so strong it’s often referred to as the gut-brain axis. Our mental and emotional stresses trigger reactions in the brain that are then reflected in the gut. (5) Conversely, peace and calm in response to prayer is no less connected and can certainly benefit and even heal unstable gut health.
5. Healing Power of Prayer – Intercessory Prayer
Heavily researched and hotly contested, scientists are dying to know whether and how intercessory prayer – praying for others – affects health.
A randomized, controlled study in 1999 indicated improved health for coronary care unit patients who had been prayed for. (6) This sparked an avalanche of studies and counters. Some, perhaps rightly, caution that we should not try to nail down a scientific formula for eliciting or even manipulating God’s hand.
I would counter that someone trying to manipulate God isn’t really praying at all.
Thirteen years later, patients with cancer who were graced with intercessory prayer were found to have a small but significant improvement in spiritual well-being. (7) For all that can and cannot be measured, I’m not sure that we can ask for more than this.
Intercessory prayer binds a community of faith together in support to provide each other with light in a dark time, however small it may be, it remains significant. And in the light, we find healing of our mind, body, or soul – sometimes, all three.
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3 Moving Prayers for Memorial Day Services
Many Americans offer prayers for Memorial Day services. Prayers are an expression of gratitude and faith, and a practice recognized by people of a multitude belief of systems.
Whether you gather in a group setting or offer your prayers in solitude, you can confess gratitude, express your respect and honor those who served our country. In addition, you do not have to be a member of a religious affiliation or church.
While a traditional prayer pose is achieved by bowing your head and folding your hands, you can pray in any fashion. Your prayers may consist of rhythmic poetry, time-honored scriptures or your own spontaneous words.
Some individuals prefer to incorporate soft music to set the mood while others choose a silent atmosphere.
A Short Prayer for the Fallen
Psalm 27:3-4 says, «Though an army besieges me, my heart will not fear; though war breaks out against me, even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
» Today we bow our heads and our hearts to you, Lord, that we may remember those who paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for their country.
We can never be grateful enough for the sacrifices made for our country and we are humbled by their willingness to put their own lives aside for the benefit of ours. Father, carve their sacrifices onto our hearts that we may never forget the loss of these heroes. We pray for this in the holy name of your son Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer for the Pursuit of Peace
Father, today we pause to reflect on the sacrifice made by those who paid the ultimate price on behalf of our nation. We pray that their sacrifices are never forgotten, nor is the pain of their families.
We acknowledge that freedom comes at a cost and pray that we can pursue peace and someday celebrate Memorial Day as a long-ago memory of the time before we started living the peaceful existence you intended for us since the beginning of creation.
Let us turn to you Lord, in our grief and in our remembrance of the fallen. Guide us toward a harmonious existence as we honor those who were willing to give up their lives that we may gather here today freely. On this Memorial Day, we pray for peace and for those who gave all.Lead up toward a world where no one must give their lives in pursuit of freedom — may we be receptive to your guidance and may we never forget the fallen.
There's no comfort in battle
No joy in the field
Though exhausted and rattled,
Did they know their fate was sealed?
Did they know the end would come?
Were they scared or were they strong?
Were they willing to do it all for freedom?
Did they mutter, «No, this is wrong»?
No, they grasped the flag
They ran forth with no fear
Their bravery did not lag
They held their faith near
The Lord gave them strength
And held them close in His arms
They were willing to go the length
To rage forth despite alarms
Did they know it was the end?
Did they know their battle was lost?
They knew what they were willing to spend
And what would be the cost
Thank you, Lord for hearts that are brave
For sacrificial love and those who serve
We appreciate everything they gave
And their unshakeable nerve
Red Poppies on Memorial Day
Most individuals are familiar with the symbolism of the red poppy. Worn in commemoration of American veterans, the cheerful, cherry-colored flowers are a traditional emblem.
Inspired by poem In Flanders Field, Moina Michaels, a war secretary, penned another poem, entitled We Shall Keep the Faith. She also donned the first poppy, in an effort to show her support.
Still recognized today, the custom of placing poppies on your lapel is a silent way to say thank you to soldiers everywhere.
Other Ways to Observe Memorial Day
Aside from honoring a particular hero during a Memorial Day service, you can pay homage to a variety of soldiers every year in the following ways:
- Visit local cemeteries and place cards, flowers or other offerings on the graves of soldiers.
- Decorate your yard with small flags.
- Display a large flag and fly at half-staff.
- Visit veterans you know or those living in nursing homes or veterans' facilities.
- Recognize the widows and families of a veteran; offer your prayers and thanks.
History of Memorial Day
General John Logan officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868, though at that time it was called Declaration Day. Deemed a day of remembrance, its original purpose was to honor Civil War soldiers and all those who sacrificed and died while serving our nation. Today, the United States celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday in May.
Reflections of Sacrifice
Prayers do not have to consist of eloquent verse or prose. Silent thoughts and moments of reflection are other meaningful ways to show respect and admiration for soldiers on Memorial Day. Spend some time meditating on the courage and self-sacrifice for which you are grateful. Warm thoughts and well wishes are among the many ways you may choose to pray.