Biblical Womanhood · joy · peace · Truth About Women

How Can We Deal Biblically With our Emotions?

Part 1

I love that God made women to be emotional beings. We feel sentiments, we sense problems, we discern issues. Sometimes we are spot on. Sometimes that intuition and sense of sadness, trouble or even excitement were all correct and we nod our heads, thankful that we followed through to care for ourselves or the other people involved.

However, because we are far from perfect, we don’t always get it right. Let’s face it, sometimes we can be totally off. On those occasions, we can also track our incorrect feelings to our incorrect responses. Been there? Me too! We are not alone, though.

When we open to the first Book of the Bible and see Eve in the garden, we are met immediately with a woman who missed it. When Satan showed her the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Scripture says,

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

She was looking at this whole situation and feeling that God had not been fair. He had withheld something that was good. Next we see that her wrong thinking/feelings, led her to act out her incorrect discernment when she took of the fruit and gave some to her husband, Adam.

There are several ways we can avoid jumping to conclusions as Eve did.

  1. Don’t go solely by your emotions. “I feel like…” Yes, sometimes we get it right, but emotions aren’t called “roller coasters” for nothing! If we go by what we “feel,” we’re very possibly going to end up with more than a crick in our neck. Like Eve, we will injure others in the process. Not going on our emotions is absolutely essential – especially when we are feeling things about God that are unlike His character!
    Elizabeth Elliot said, If you dwell on your own feelings about things rather than dwelling on the faithfulness, the love, and the mercy of God, then you’re likely to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  Our feelings are very fleeting and ephemeral, aren’t they?  We can’t depend on them for five minutes at a time.  But dwelling on the love, faithfulness, and mercy of God is always safe.
  2. Seek out the truth. If your feelings are pushing you to do something, find out the truth before you do anything. If Eve would have gone to the Source (God Himself), she would have been spared the awful consequences that followed. Ask loving (not accusatory) questions. You might say something like, “I’m feeling like this is happening. Am I correct or am I in error?”
  3. Believe the truth. It’s easy to ask someone that question, but we can be so convinced we’re right about what we’re “discerning” that if they refute what we’re feeling, we refuse the truth when they state it. Perhaps it’s out of a desire to be right. Or perhaps we’re so sure of our feelings that we think we need to inform the other person.

The truth of this situation is found in Genesis 2:17

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Eve needed to believe that God was so good to her and Adam. He had kept the evil from them! She found that out very quickly, didn’t she? You and I will often invite hardship, too, when we keep pressing into our emotions. What do we do then if we’re told that our feelings are inaccurate? We make a choice. We go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to help us replace our feelings with right thinking. Philippians 4:8 Every time the emotion rushes in, we choose truth instead. It’s like choosing to eat something sweet and delicious, or picking up something disgusting from the sidewalk and popping it into our mouth and chewing on it. It’s our choice to choose.

Next week I’ll continue this post and I’ll be sharing the result of choosing right thinking over our emotions. For today, ask yourself:

  • Am I going solely on my emotions about the issue bothering me?
  • Am I willing to seek out truth?
  • Will I believe the truth when I hear it?

The roller coaster of emotions make for dizzy days. Guard your heart by seeking out the truth.

joy · Responding to trials

Rejoice in THIS Day?

My week began with a dreary, drizzling sky. I went about the house turning on nearly every lamp, hoping to add some cheeriness to an otherwise “not-so-cheerful” day. Covid seems to be rapping on our front door with more and more cases being reported by dear ones we love each day. More darkness added. Plans have been changed. People are isolated, due to the outbreak, and our hearts are lonely for them. There didn’t seem to be much reason to rejoice.

Then the next morning I opened my Bible to read. My reading through the psalms took me to chapter 118. This is a hymn Jesus sang the night before His resurrection.When I got to verse 24 I read ~

This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

One commentator said, It is true in a general sense that the LORD makes every day, and there is reason to rejoice and be glad in every day. Yet specifically, the day the LORD made to rejoice and be glad in was the day Jesus entered Jerusalem with hosannas welcoming Him as Israel’s Savior. If on that day human voices failed to rejoice and be glad, Jesus said that the very stones would cry out their praises and hosannas.

To be our Savior would mean His death. This day – the day of His suffering would bring our rejoicing! Then we think of the Day of His resurrection – oh the joy! Because of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice, any “hard” day I face is only temporary. Because of His death and resurrection, I have the assurance that One Day all this will be over. No more sin, sickness, sadness, loneliness, suffering or death!

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Jesus rejoiced in THIS day…now so can I!

After reading that, I understood that I have so much to rejoice in and that if I don’t praise Him the stones will need to cry out in my place! I will rejoice in THIS day, and with so many good reasons! I think I can turn off some of the lamps; things aren’t nearly so dreary now!

How does this passage change your perspective on THIS DAY?

joy

A Journey to Joy

If we could peek into a journal of our weekly ups and downs, we might read something like this ~

It’s been a cloudy week – dark, cold and dreary.  My joy-level wanes.  

It’s sunny and warm.  We have a fun event coming up and I’m excited!  My joy-level soars.

Money is tight and relationships are strained.  My joy is struggling.

I lost three pounds, my cat returned after being gone a week, and I got a raise! My joy is overflowing!

Can you relate?  Me too.

Continue reading “A Journey to Joy”

Christian Life · fellowship with God · joy

Sing Your Song

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Years ago one of my girls sent me a text message from their college dorm room. It read –

“I’m so ready to be done with dorm life! Someone is singing at the top of their lungs in the shower!”

Not everyone is a morning person who can sing first thing in the morning. Though I’d consider myself a morning person, I need about an hour of quiet before I’m ready for sounds above a whisper. However, whoever the girl in the shower was, she had a song in her heart first thing in the morning!

Proverbs 29:6 says,

“In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare:
but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.” 

The implication of that verse is that if there is sin in our hearts we will lose our song. Because we’re caught in the snare of our transgression, there’s no reason to rejoice. Is there a song in your heart at this moment? Do people irritate you quickly? Is there a nagging restlessness within you? I’m not asking if you’re a morning person, I’m talking about the majority of the day – are you singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord?

Obviously if a person hasn’t asked Christ to be their Savior, there’s still a void in their life and there’s no song. But if you’re God’s child because you’ve received Christ, there should be singing and rejoicing. Even in the midst of trials the song is there. It’s quiet, but it’s there.

If you’re song is gone, look for the reason. Sin is probably at the door. Confess it. Call it what God calls it. Don’t smooth it over. God knows what it is, so name it.

Was it worry?
Criticism?
Lying?

Repent of it and know the joy that comes from having it out of your heart, and then replaced by the sweet song of the redeemed!

Sing your song…but if it’s early, you might want to sing it softly. 🙂

cat · joy · Refreshment · Uncategorized

Feline Friday

Well friends, I made many more attempts at posting my bagel video, but Movie Maker is just not working at this time.  So sorry! I’ll keep trying to get that video up.

In the meantime, and to end your week with a smile, I’m going to share a video that Google photos put together of some of the photos of my sweet kitty, Liza Jane.  Enjoy!

 

Liza is my “praying cat.”  Every single day when I get on my knees and start praying, she comes and sits beside me, reaching up to touch my face with her paw as if to say, “I’m with you!”  If cats could go to heaven, I’m sure she’d have a place! >..<

Any other cat lovers out there?  What do you love most about your feline?

Refresh your heart in church this Sunday!

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