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Relief: a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress; the alleviation of pain, discomfort, or distress. 

Lately, I’ve heard the word “relief” tossed around a lot.

We hear about all kinds of Coronavirus Relief bills, packages, etc.

But where’s our relief?

The world has been in a state of perpetual fear and uproar so far this year.

2020 has not been kind to many, with us facing a world-wide pandemic and fears stemming from that, as well as the various other matters in the world ranging from reports of crazy Murder Hornets to the traggic death of George Floyd. 

With all this craziness and hurt, it can leave someone asking, “Where’s my relief?”

Maybe you got your stimulus check, which was a part of the Coronavirus relief. Maybe your business got some relief in the form of the many types of assistance programs and grants being offered. 

But in our personal life, for us personally, where’s the relief? 

Relief is a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.

Relief is the alleviation of pain, discomfort, or distress.

And let me tell you: that’s freely ours, and we can have it right now.

The definition above states that relief is reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress. Notice it says release, which simply means to be set free from something, not that the problem is gone.

The definition also states that relief is the “alleviation of pain, discomfort, or distress.” 

Alleviation is “the action or process of making suffering or a problem less severe.”

So in the midst of all this chaos, confusion, and uncertainty, we can gain relief by getting into the presence of the One who’s in control. By seeking His face out in prayer. 

When we seek Him, the Bible says we will find Him. And when we do, relief is ours. 

The problem may not go away, but the suffering will become less severe for us. We will be given reassurance.

Relief can be yours this week. Relief can be yours today.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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