Wrestling Emotions

Emotions can be fickle and frustrating and emotions can be constant and powerful. We were created as emotional beings. Created to worship, not with stale, unpassionate, lip service but with the depths of our being, heart service, passionate stirring and stirring up! Our emotions are not an area of life that men are meant to be passive and women are meant to over indulge in dramatic encore or silently ignore while shoving them back under the carpets of our hearts. No, our emotions are a visual display of our thoughts.  . Our emotions, whether right or wrong, tell. us. what. we. believe.

I know it hurts to hear it. It hurts to think it! When my nerves are going nuts or my extremities feel heavy I have initial beliefs that cause fear to run through my being. Fear that takes me to places that God does not dwell. Fear of the worst, fear of the what if’s, fear of anything and everything that can grip me. Fear of losing all control. At that very moment I can to choose to continue in that belief or cast down that twisting of the truth and the lie that exalts itself against God (2 Cor. 10:5). I then must replace it with truth founded on God’s word. My God is with me. My God will be with me no matter how bad my health goes. No matter if something tragic happens to my loved ones, my God IS faithful. My God IS ever present. He will enable me and my God HAS and IS leading me towards health right now! As I replace those lies with truth my emotions follow. Peace follows. Joy follows.

Sometimes, when my children are loud and rambunctious and it’s severely grinding my nerves my flesh wants to explode. Really, I’m not exaggerating. I have to stop at that very moment and surrender the wrong belief. It might be that I think my children are being crazy to purposely annoy me or that they are disrespecting me on purpose when in reality they are kids acting like kids, having fun like kids and I need to lighten up a little. I might even have to face the reality that I am angry about something else or incredibly tired and overwhelmed about another subject matter. The truth is my children are having fun and I might need to spend some quiet time with my Jesus and let Him search my heart. I just might need some time alone or out with like minded friends. Sometimes, I just need to cry. I just need to lay my head on His lap and lay my burdens down. It’s okay to feel these emotions. There is nothing wrong with my emotions. It’s what I choose to do with those emotions that matters.

Christians do struggle with life. Christians do struggle with the realities of difficult circumstances. There is nothing wrong with walking through our emotions and seeing Jesus in the midst and letting Him correct the areas of wrong thinking. I’d rather have Jesus’ nonjudgmental love walking through my thoughts with me than anyone else.

David, the King was such an example of this. He pondered the realities of the wicked and how they seemed to prosper. He spoke frustration, anger, lack of understanding and as he worshiped the Father, his emotions changed. He realized the end of the wicked and he saw his Hope and experienced peace.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?

And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me?

Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him,

my Help and my God.

O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear];

therefore will I [earnestly] remember You……”

Psalm 42:5-6 NKJV and AMP

“Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.”

Psalm 73:5 NIV

It’s the place of vulnerability that we see His face. It’s in transparency with the Father that He gives us a new song.

Let’s move together towards being healthier minded and emotionally sound. Let’s let the Father correct our wrong beliefs that lead to wrong reactions. Let’s let His Spirit guide our emotions to be used for His glory and His purpose.

If this is an area of struggle for you please let me know so I can pray for you specifically.

You are His delight. He wants to be yours also. 

Let yourself pursue Him passionately. 

There is freedom!

P.S. I wrote this a  long time ago and just found it. I love how God ministers to my heart. 😉

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