Friday, August 26, 2016

Tea Time with Tiffany #63 - Divine Mercy in time of stress...

Good morning to you all! This week's edition definitely falls into the "stressed out" category, but the tea always helps, right?

Today I talk about STRESS, managing stress, and praying to manage stress. ;-) I also talk about my upcoming teaching load, and my schedule plans for the blog this summer. Join me!

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How do you manage stress? Are you changing up your prayer routine this fall? What's coming up on your schedule this fall? Do write in!


  1. My class schedule isn't too bad (except they are all in the evening). My stress is going to come with the required observations for the semester. I have 160 hrs for my practicum, and about a dozen more for the other three classes I'm taking. :0 Trying to set those up before K-12 schools start is proving difficult.
    I think I am going to order that prayer journal. Reflection ideas sound very helpful. ;-)

  2. Sam, you are?! Me too. Let's coordinate our purchase. :-)

    Those observation hours sound daunting, but I bet you will love them!

  3. I find that the anticipation/dreading of something is often worse than the thing I am dreading. The journal you mentioned sounds interesting. I am much better at journaling when I have something to guide my thoughts so I'm off to check it out.

  4. I'm right there with you on the high stress!! This flood has really thrown me and my family for a loop! It's been chaotic and so frustrating in so many ways. I'm trying to make time to exercise, and I think that is helping. Taking regular breaks from the situation has also been helpful. I read this on Joyce Meyer's daily devotional online today, and I found it quite fitting for our situations:

    Calm in Adversity

    by Joyce Meyer - posted August 27, 2016

    Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity....
    – Psalm 94:12-13

    According to Exodus 13:17, "When Pharaoh let the people go, God led them *not* by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer" (emphasis added). There was a shorter route, but God took the Israelites the long, hard way on purpose because they were not ready for the battles they would face. He continued to work with them during forty years of wandering, waiting for them to get to the point where they could praise Him in their adversity.

    God will continue dealing with us until we learn how to stay peaceful in the storm. Nothing shows our spiritual maturity more than staying calm when our circumstances are not calm. Stability is a sign of maturity, and the more mature we are, the more God can trust us with His power and blessings.

    Power Thought: I have the power of God to remain calm in adversity.

    (From the book the book Power Thoughts Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2013 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.)

  5. My new schedule is stressing me out, too, Tiffany. I have a full schedule so all I get is one planning period each day--and it's in the middle of the day, after a long morning. (Silver lining is that they didn't have to combine any classes to make them fit, meaning I'm not teaching like 33 second graders at one time.) I had one first thing in the morning every day last year which was great; now I'm going to have to head in earlier like you.

    Also with you on the stress and not sleeping thing. I got to the point where if I wake up too early and can't fall back asleep, I get up and put on a rosary video (my On Demand has the CatholicTV channel). I figure if I fall asleep at least there's still prayer going on :)

    It's really cool how you like so many different kinds of exercise. You seem more at ease with choreography so I can see you at the barre and dance kinds of classes. I'm on the hunt for a good yoga class to see if that also will help with the stress. My doctor also recommended B complex, calcium, magnesium, and something called Adrenal Health. I'm only a couple weeks in so I don't see a huge difference yet but I'm hopeful.

    I like the prayer journal idea. Journaling also is good for stress!

  6. Melanie, right?! And I'm ordering the journal, it comes out 9/1. Sam is too! It's available on Amazon for $8.95 and is eligible for Prime. ;-)

  7. Hi Cindy, many hugs to you, girl! Good for you for taking some time to recharge your batteries during such a period of high stress. Exercise *always* helps me to stay calm and focused more too. And I love your devotional reading!

  8. Hi Kate! All great ideas! I've been thinking about getting a diffuser and trying out some essential oils to help with both stress and my seasonal allergies. We'll see how that goes!

    This semester for group fitness I'm taking Pilates every Monday, and maybe Body Sculpt on some Wednesdays when I can squeeze it in. I prefer the dancey classes like Zumba and barre, but those don't work with my schedule for the fall. Alas! As long as I get in at least one per week, I'm good.


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