First, let me just say that I know this is hard. I’m not asking you to do something easy, at least not at first…maybe not ever.
Emotions, at least mine, can feel something like a roller coaster ride. Up, down, up, down, around, over, under, inching closer and closer to the edge, knowing there’s a big plunge just over that hill, but still getting taken off guard by the speed of the fall.
Here’s a tip I’ve learned that truly has made all the difference in how I handle the emotional roller coaster of life (I talk about it in depth, with a model for getting our emotions in line with God’s Word inside of my book, Unraveled: Hope for the Mom at the End of Her Rope…chapter 6 to be exact…if you want to go deeper on this subject):
Let TRUTH (not pain) inform your emotional response.
Just last week I was hit with a painful emotion, and a friend (thanks Gina Smith) immediately began reminding my heart of God’s truth as it pertained to my situation (seriously, get you some friends like that). She didn’t say even one thing I didn’t already know, but in the midst of my struggle I needed the eternal perspective of God’s Word as a reminder that what I can see, taste, touch, smell, and see isn’t all there is to understanding the world around me. There’s another Source of Truth…one that’s much more reliable, and brings peace and rest in the midst of even the most trying circumstances.
God’s Word (the same yesterday, today, and forever).
It’s the button that stops the roller coaster so you can choose to get off.
💚 Brooke McGlothlin
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