I have a stress ball at my desk that I got at a conference long ago. I confess that I have given it a squeeze or two every once in a while when things have gotten tough in my life. It does indeed relieve the tension for a time and gives me a sense of calm for a moment. I have gotten the stress out. But the problem is that the stress comes back and I cannot be squeezing a stress ball every minute of the day. That is not a productive use of my time over the long haul.
That is why it is important for us to turn to Scripture for a more long-lasting stress relief. Consider these verses:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
Take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
These words from Jesus are more effective than any stress ball might be at calming our troubled hearts and minds. Let them be your ultimate stress relievers in difficult times.