Emotional Upset: We’re All In This Together

The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him. ~ William McGill

First, I want to say Happy Fourth of July to all my American readers! This is one of our biggest holidays – parades, picnics and fireworks to celebrate the bravery of the colonists who choose selflessly to fight for independence more than 200 years ago. And to our neighboring Canadians, hope you had a great Canada Day on July 1st. Whereever you are, celebrate something! Life is too short to be stressed and depressed.

Readers ask me sometimes where I get the ideas for the articles I write. My Inbox often has comments like this one: “Did you write today’s letter just for me? Thanks, it was just what I needed.” And my own secretary – who knows what’s going on in my life, laughs because she knows these articles come from my heart and my circumstances.

You see, the Bible tells us that there is nothing that challenges us that is not ‘common to man’. We’re all dealing with the same STUFF. This week’s series comes straight from my journal. Here’s my entry from June 2nd:

“Good morning, Father. I just turned on Pandora [radio] and the first song is Great is Thy Faithfulness. How wonderful, how true. Thank You for my life and all that is happening right now. How grateful I am to be Your child. I forget sometimes. It’s been a rocky time here [at my father-in-law’s], but a blessed one, as well.

“How easy it is to succumb to emotion, to surrender to the feelings that overwhelm and threaten us. How hard it is to give up our selfishness and move forward into peace and victory. Yet that’s what it is – selfishness. “I feel this way, and everyone else is wrong.
I hurt so it doesn’t matter how you feel.” Is this going to be an article, Lord?

God, You have told us to cast our care on You. We forget, I think, that emotions are ‘cares’ also. You want us to feel, but You don’t want us governed by those feelings. They are so subjective, so changeable – one minute up, the next minute down. Do our circumstances really change so rapidly, so drastically? Like a flash fire, I can go instantly from OK to outrage, peace to anger, helpful to resentful.

Why is it that words and personalities can move us so easily away from centered in You? Why do people have more effect in and on my life than You, Father? Why after all these years is it still so easy for people to push my HOT buttons? Have I learned nothing?

Well, you can read the rest of it in my next post, and see where God took me that morning. Funny thing is, I can’t even remember what the conflict was about that upset me so much, but I surely got great wisdom from God. After all, what matters most is His plan and wisdom for our lives. If you are open and aware of His presence, He’ll do the same for you.

Have a peaceful week and give someone a hug that doesn’t deserve it. You’ll both be blessed.

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