Friday, August 1

Managing Your Emotions

Break before YOU break.

As we complete our series on learning and practicing patience, I encourage you whenever you start to worry, stop, and pray.

Real peace comes from knowing God is in control - and He is!

At the beginning of this century, bacteria were considered the center of attention. Now, fifty years later, mental stress has taken its place. S.I McMillan - None of These Diseases

Learn patience. Your patience with God determines His purpose with you.

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. Researchers at the Yale University found that stress affects physiological functions in the brain, contributing to chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.

Rest assured - the Creator ensured; due to its plasticity, the brain molds and changes as you practice new behaviors.

Calming Cues

1. Break

Take a break whenever you need it. Take time to be holy and feed often on His Word. God is not looking for a martyr. He is looking for obedience.

The morning hours are superior for spiritual refreshment. What we put in our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

This is a profile, if you please, of what a Christian ought to think about; we are to program our minds with thoughts that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.

Break as often as need be. Being overwhelmed is easier to manage than being figuratively broken in a thousand pieces through unkind words and actions. 

Preventing the use of impure, unlovely words, and facial gestures (pouting), is being Christ-like.

Break before YOU break. Take control. We may not be able to control the circumstances, but we can control our behavior.

2. Perspective

Do not over generalize - broad sweeping-statements like “Everything is going wrong” or “Nothing will work out!” You need to reframe the situation. A great way to correct this unproductive thought pattern is to list the specific things that actually are going wrong or not working out. Most likely you will come up with just one or two things—not everything.

The key to keeping your cool is to remember that your feelings of everything, nothing, or always, are never accurate. The scope of the stressor is much more limited than it might appear.

Unproductive thinking leads to unproductive behavior. Our thoughts become our actions. Focus your mind on what is good and pure. It takes practice but it is achievable. Above all, read God’s Word and pray. Ask Him to help you.

I spoke with a woman out of state this morning who longs to have closeness to God yet she cannot seem to grasp it for herself.

In sharing my response; our minds must be free of anger and/or bitterness if we are to have an endearing relationship with God. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

We are learners and the object is to know the truth.

If you struggle to be close to God, something has your grip. Is it pride, anger, frustration, discontentment…? Ask God to uncover the impostor preventing closeness.

3. Mindfulness

Being mindful of God’s methods to control instability and insecurity is an effective way to gain control of unruly thoughts and behaviors.

Simply put, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5

Training for the Christian life demands all our energies. It takes diligence, determination, dedication, energy, continued practice, and vision.

Jesus Christ is our perfect example of all modesty and sweet conduct. He calls to us every day. Are you quiet enough to hear Him? He says, “If you love me, keep my commandments” in John 14:15.

The “Comforter” – the Spirit of God Himself – will care and guide you. The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God within you and all Believers, helping you to live as God wants.

By faith, we can appropriate His power each day.

You can be confident that the Bible is an accurate record of how we are to conduct ourselves in this life. The Holy Spirit can help us. As we study the Bible, we can trust Him to plant truth in our minds, convince us of God’s will, and remind us when we stray from it.

The result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, normally defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance. With Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future.

If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace. Jesus says He is will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from Him. Are you?

We can live confidently for Him, because “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…” is with us. Philippians 4:23

From the Heart of Deborah Choma

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