Daily Inspiration and Encouragement
January 18 , 2020
Quote of the Day
“Just because it feels one way doesn’t mean it is.” – Kathryn Lang
Moment of HOPE
Breaking Control of Feelings
Feelings can be powerful forces. The more feelings pile on, the more justified you feel in giving in to the forces.
The day my mother died is branded in my brain. I remember the sounds, the weather, little details of life emblazoned on my heart because of the feelings that accompanied them.
One of the things I remember most is the man across the street cutting his grass. I couldn’t imagine how anyone could be cutting their grass during that moment.
What was he thinking?
But that thought was my feelings talking. Feelings don’t make sense. Feelings don’t align with truth. Feelings are real, but they aren’t always right.
Before you give your feelings the driver’s seat, take a moment to breathe deep and find your calm. Once you have a sense of calm, ask yourself these questions:
- Will it matter tomorrow?
- Will it fix the moment?
- Would I say something/do something if I wasn’t feeling what I’m feeling?
Feelings happen, but just because the feelings are there doesn’t mean you have to give into them.
Be intentional with your actions particularly when your feelings are flaring up.
Challenge for Intentional Actions
Take a breath.
Wait for calm.
Determine the better action.
Feelings will demand their way, but make sure the way is the better way for your journey.
Exodus 4 – 6
1 Samuel 29 – 31
Job 35 – 36
Jeremiah 3 – 6
Psalm 86 – 90
“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us and let the power of Him in us and through us establish the work of our hands.” – from Psalm 90:17
The work that we do is established by the power of God in us and not by the strength or determination of our hands.
How has God established the work of your hands?
When you follow the life of David, you will find he lied to man a number of times. What do you think was the reason God said David was a man after His own heart?
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