I can become emotionally ragged if I’m not careful. The cares of life toss me to and fro, battering me into the ground. I swing between trying to shove everything down and bursting into tears. When I examine my emotions as I go instead of letting them build, I can better manage my feelings and obey God’s call for my life.
Here are some of my top picks to help process my thoughts and be emotionally healthy:
God cares about every aspect of our beings. He knows that emotional health enables us to serve Him from a place of strength. If you need an emotional checkup, God will join you in the journey to renew your soul. Psalm 139:23-25 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (NKJV). Ask Him to clear out the junk from your heart so it can be filled with His deep love. The Lord will reveal His truths, remove our worries, and renew our emotions so He can use us for His kingdom purposes.
3/8/2020 08:00:31 pm
What a heartfelt, honest, and open post Ms. Joanna. I too wish I did a better job of keeping my emotions in check. In my case, I'm prone to emotional outbursts that (especially as a man) I feel I should keep subdued and controlled. Yet, I sometimes wonder if God is more pleased when I let them out rather than letting them fester and grow inside me. Lots to think about. Thank you for sharing some of your coping mechanisms.
3/9/2020 07:39:53 pm
I think that releasing our stress before it builds into bitterness or resentment is important. Sometimes I try to stuff things down, but they always surface eventually.
3/9/2020 06:43:21 pm
I like all the items on your list and I do those as well but I also relax by doodling and playing on Pinterest. I look up doodles on Pinterest and draw In my Bullet Journal. That helps get my mind off hard things and also stimulates creativity.
3/9/2020 07:38:49 pm
I like that you find doodles you like and copy them so you have them yourself. That definitely stimulates creativity. Thanks for sharing.
3/9/2020 08:18:55 pm
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning" is so comforting--to know that God is always with us, no matter what.. In fact, you've chosen several of my favorite scriptures in your message. Like you, Psalms bring me peace in times of trial. I admit to choosing laughter and crying as well.God gifted us with emotions for a reason!
3/13/2020 07:19:18 pm
Joy comes in the morning! What a promise to cling to when night closes around your soul. God is good to us.
3/10/2020 10:24:55 pm
I, too, struggle with this. I love the suggestion of prayer...this daily time has been beneficial in feeling God's presence in my life.
3/13/2020 07:16:54 pm
Thanks for suggesting prayer. That definitely allows me to take a step back and balance my emotions. Good idea.
3/13/2020 07:17:35 pm
So glad that God gave you the gift of laughter even in a dark time.
3/13/2020 08:53:37 am
These are wonderful suggestions. I like that you included laughing and crying and explained why they are helpful.
3/13/2020 07:18:14 pm
God gave us a range of emotions, and there are times and seasons for all of them.
3/14/2020 01:54:40 pm
Enjoyed your post, Joanna! Four great ways to deal with what's happening around us and inside of us.
3/14/2020 03:01:09 pm
I love that you pointed out the need to laugh AND cry. Our emotions are an important part of how God made us and it's vital that we do not push our emotions down. Thank you for this post.
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Joanna Eccles has led Bible studies for over ten years and completed the year-long C. S. Lewis Fellows Program. She is passionate about discipleship and helping people know God better. Joanna enjoys coffee, traveling, and reading, and currently lives in Florida.