This post may sound a bit psycho-babble, but please hear me out.
Years ago I had a friend who had a rough patch or two in her past. She has good reason to hurt and one day she “felt scared.”
Because she “felt scared” she assumed there was a reason for this fear in her life. So she went looking for whatever it was that was making her feel scared. The problem was there wasn’t really anything in her life that was a problem, but her feelings were real and she couldn’t let it go until she found something scary. She ended up picking something and making it scary, which meant this thing had to be fixed so it wouldn’t be scary anymore.
The sad thing is, she picked her husband.
She nearly destroyed her marriage because she needed something current day to explain why she felt so scared.
I share this because recently something similar happened to me. I realized I was feeling worried, tense, and scared. It went on for several days. Yes, there are things that are not great in my life, but nothing that would explain the level of my feelings. I finally had a sit down with God and said, “Lord, please, you’ve got to help me sort this out.” The upshot of it was that I’m in a period of significant change. In my history that has usually been a bad thing. I was dragging the past into my present. My present is just fine (not perfect, but good).
At this point, I just needed to hang out with God and talk to Him about my past and the lies that I’ve believed because of it. I’m sorting it out and actually doing quite a bit better.
Y’all, learn from this. Are your current feelings accurate for your current situation? How much of your current situation is being affected by past wounds and feelings?
(One of the healthiest things you can do is meet regularly with a friend for prayer and encouragement. It gives you a safe place to talk this stuff out. If you feel stuck or over your head, please seek professional help.)
Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf. Jonatan Mårtensson
Prayer Prompt ♥ Ask God to help you identify your feelings and find the real source of any pain, anger or fear.
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