More than Emotions: Living Controlled by Something Better

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Emotions…we all have them. Sometimes they leave us feeling on top of the world and like life couldn’t get any better. Other days they make us feel we have little more value than the dirt we walk upon. As I have studied Scripture, I have come to understand something-we don’t have to let our crazy girl emotions command us how to live. For example: have you ever told someone “I’m feeling emotional today, so don’t get on my nerves”?  I’m embarrassed to say that used to say this to my family all the time. If we let our emotions take the wheel, I can promise that our relationship with the Lord will no longer be our first priority; slowly our focus begins to shift on to how we can get the “happy” or “fulfilled” feeling. One thing we must know in life is that Satan often wants us to compromise in one small way at a time (not necessarily a large jump, as we might imagine), and that certainly applies to the way we control our emotions.

Isaiah 43:1-3 says: “…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” 

This verse is a wonderful reminder that the Lord is always with us; through every emotional high and every emotional low; through each and every season of life He remains completely faithful; therefore my excuse “I cannot control my emotions!” is untrue. He goes with us and He wants us to bring every aspect of our lives under His control.
In what ways in your own life have you allowed your emotions to take command? 
The quote below has been such an encouragement to me to keep my eyes fixed on me Redeemer whenever my emotions seem to be out of hand-
“If you feel controlled by volatile emotions, pray specifically for God to overtake your emotions and bring them under His jurisdiction. Next time you are in a situation where you feel your emotions flying off the handle, make a decision to slow down, walk in the other room if needed, take a deep breath, and pray for His love, His attitude, and His response to flow through your being. If you silence the voice of your screaming emotions and tune in to the still, small voice of His spirit, gentle answers will begin to replace angry ones...soon people will stop and take notice of the unusual grace, beauty and nobility that emanates from your life. A woman who is free from the tyranny of her own emotion is truly a sight to behold.” Leslie Ludy 
As the quote says; the next time you feel like your emotions are out of your control, remember that they are not out of His control. He is able to give us His response in every single situation in life. We will never face anything in life that He is unable to use for good; every situation is divinely appointed to us by our Heavenly King. It is my prayer that I will always be able to keep my emotions in submission to his will. Would you be willing to make that your prayer as well? Here are a few practical tips on controlling those crazy emotions:

1.            Breathe
I used to count to 10 all the time when I my emotions seemed crazy. Sometimes just giving yourself ten seconds to cool off can make a huge difference.
2.            Hear them out
If you are talking to someone who is making you upset, take the humble position and politely listen to everything they have to say without interrupting. Not only is this more gracious, it also helps you to really think about what you are going to say in response.
3.            Get alone with the Lord
This is my number one tip for every problem you could ever face. Everything is still under control, not your control, His. There have been a few times I have just cried alone with Him and I can honestly tell you that crying out to Him is far more comforting than crying it out  to anyone else in the world. After all, He is our Wonderful Counselor!


What tips would you add to this list?

Overflowing

Saturday, October 24, 2015

John 4:14 says: 
“The water that I [Jesus] shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” NKJV
Time for a heart check….
As a Christian woman; do you overflow with Christ’s love? Does the way you act radiate with Christ-likeness?

 Oswald Chambers has a great insight on this:
“The picture our Lord described here [in John 4:14] is not that of
a simple stream of water, but an overflowing fountain. Continue to “be filled” (Ephesians 5:18) and the sweetness of your vital relationship to Jesus will flow as generously out of you as it had been given to you. If you find that His life is not springing up as it should, you are to blame- something is obstructing to flow…. We are to be fountains through which Jesus can flow as ‘rivers of living water’ in blessing to everyone.”
Is there anything in your life that is “obstructing the flow” of living water in your life? There have certainly been times that I have had to really evaluate my life, but beyond that; times that I have asked the Lord to cleanse me of anything in me that would not be pleasing to Him (shouldn’t we always be asking the Lord to do so?). In my own life, I have found these things to hinder my relationship with the Lord:
•             Not spending enough time in His word and/or in prayer
How can I expect to be spiritually strong if I do not take time for spiritual nourishment?
•             “Hidden” rebellion
Disrespecting parents or other authorities in “small” ways.
•             Trying to gain a certain reputation (pride)
Have any of these thoughts influenced you- “I want to seem like that godly girl who is sweet, popular, and outgoing.”, “I need to act smart around them.”, “If I dress like this, everyone will love me.”, “Posting this selfie Facebook will totally get their attention.” Worldly thinking will never produce the fruit of the spirit in our lives.    
•             Ungraciousness
Snappy remarks to a sibling who yelled at you, giving your opinion to everyone all the time, acting like you deserve better than you have received-are all examples of ungraciousness. Each one of us has fallen short of the glory of God, yet He is willing to pardon every sin. We have been shown grace in the most amazing way, will we not show grace to others?


Are you overflowing with Christ-likeness today? If not, what is obstructing the flow?  

Defining Beauty

Saturday, October 17, 2015

In our culture, it seems outward beauty always makes the "ten most important things every girl must have" list. Many women have become obsessed with having the most beautiful appearance, trendy clothes, and perfect hair. They would rather have a certain social status than think about their heart status. Webster's Dictionary defines beauty as: "Loveliness; good looks; pleasing, attractive person or thing." In contrast, how does God's word define beauty?





Your beauty should not come from outward adornment… Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
— 1 PETER 3:3-4

When we think of beauty, the latter definition should come to mind.  This verse does not say it is wrong to look beautiful on the outside (God is the creator of outward beauty!), but it is a reminder that we need to have our mindset in check, as it was when God sent Samuel to select a new king over Israel - “When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” David, the youngest guy in the family, who took care of the sheep, he was God’s choice for king.
Biblical beauty really isn’t about us at all - it’s about the incredible beauty of our Creator. He is the most beautiful of all, and He wants to shape us into His likeness, that we might be truly beautiful.  As Charles Spurgeon once said: “If any soul has any such beauty... Christ has endowed that beloved soul with all its wealth of charms, for in ourselves we are deformed and defiled… There is no beauty in any of us but what our Lord has worked in us.”

QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:

  • Do you define beauty as Scripture does?
  • Have you allowed beauty to become an idol in your life? When you’re headed to church, going to school, or driving to your friend’s house do you worry about being accepted by friends or others? If so, what steps should you take to change?
  • Do you base your opinion of others on what they wear or how they look?

Revive 15'

Friday, September 25, 2015

Have plans for this weekend? I will be watching the True Woman 15' live stream, a ministry of Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I first met Nancy at a Revive Our Hearts Radio Show this past May and I LOVED it. It was so encouraging to listen to her teach. Nancy is in many ways the Elisabeth Elliot of our generation.

One of the things I am passionate about is teaching, and I have already learned a ton about leading women back to the word of God through this conference.
Here are some quotes from today's sessions:

"We must let God speak to us before we speak to others." Nancy Leigh DeMoss

You can see my tweet: "God does not give gifts that He does not
intend to use." (Jennifer Wilkin) 


"God does not give gifts that He does not intend to use." Jennifer Wilkin

"Don't let your feeling of inadequacy and neediness keep you from doing what God has called you to do. If I loose my neediness, I loose my usefulness." Nancy


You can access the live stream here.





New blog

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Starting a blog has been on my heart for a while. It's not that I am an amazing writer or have something incredible to say, but I do serve an amazing God who works in incredible ways. I desire for this blog to be a record of His faithfulness in my life and hopefully be an encouragement to those who read it.

I probably won't post very often... but I am so excited to start!