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Win Arn has published what he calls a "Stress Scale" that can help us be aware of stress in our life:

RankEvent in LifePoints
1     Death of a spouse          100
2     Divorce          78
3     Move to a Nursing home          70
4     Marital Separation          65
5     Alcohol or drug abuse/addiction or treatment          65
6     Death of close family member          63
7     Major personal illness or injury          53
8     Marriage          50
9     Being fired at work          47
10   Retirement          45
11   Pregnancy          40
12   Sexual difficulties          39
13   Gaining new family member (birth, adoption, marriage)          39
14   Major change in financial status          37
15   Death of a close friend          36
16   Taking out mortgage greater than $ 10,000          31
17   Foreclosure on mortgage or loan          30
18   Son or daughter leaving home          29
19   In-law troubles          29
20   Major change in living conditions (fire, remodeling, etc.)          25
21   Major change in work hours/conditions          20
22   Change in residence          20
23   Change to a new school          20
24   Change in social or church activities          18
25   Major change in sleep habits          16
26   Major change in eating habits/losing or gaining weight          15
27   Vacation          12
28   Christmas          12
29   Minor violations of the law (speeding/ parking tickets, etc.)          11

According to Am a score over 150 may indicate that you are experiencing problems due to stress while a score over 300 indicates you are at a great risk to experience physical, mental or emotional problems due to stress. It was Jesus who said, "Come to Me, all you  who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from  Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find  rest for  your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward