Colossians 3:2, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth.”
Ok folks… I’m here with another testimony of what God is doing in my life.
I am what I would consider an emotional person. You know the type, tend to wear their feelings on their sleeves, get hurt easily, get angry when “buttons are pushed”.
Yeah, that was me, until a few weeks ago.
I have been attending an awesome Bible study group for about a year a half now. I love Mr. Earnest and Mrs. Flo just like they were my adopted parents….but when our women’s small group posted on social media that they were talking about emotions, I was intrigued! If you read my blog often, you might have seen my post about the emotional roller coaster I had been on. (here is the link in case you want to read it http://javawithjill.com/wp/roller-coaster-emotions/ ) So, when I saw the topic of the women’s group, I KNEW it was something I HAD to attend.
You see, I think I was on the edge of depression or something. When I was unemployed, I had days it was hard to even function. I didn’t like feeling or living like that.
So, I decided to go to the group and this is what I have learned:
- You live out of the story in your head. So, if your story is rooted in rejection, fear, anger, whatever, you live out of that.
- You are in control of yourself and your emotions. No one can “make you angry”. They might do something to you, but it is YOU who allows yourself to get angry.
- Living on the low spectrum of emotions is the safest. If you are constantly in the high range, you are hurting yourself. It literally affects you physically too.
- You can change your story! You can stop living like you have been. I know, I did it!
Let me give you a few examples:
During Sunday morning worship one Sunday, we sang a song I love by Elevation Worship. It’s called “Do it again”. One of the lines is, “You’re never gonna let me down.”
When I sang it the first time, my very first thought was, “But God did let me down. My friend died, and I thought he was going to live.”
Almost immediately, I caught that thought. I took it captive like that Bible says, and I realized I ALLOWED MYSELF TO FEEL LET DOWN.
God did not, in fact, actually, let me down.
My story has been rooted in rejection for as long as I can remember. The last 5 years certainly have not helped with that either. I had to get that out of my head!
Another example: I saw a post on social media.(Which I’m sure we all have from time to time) If I was the old me, it was something that would have made me jealous, or hurt. Instead, I took the thought captive, realized the truth, and moved on.
This is huge people!
Jesus came to give us ABUNDANT life. Not mediocre lives. Not lives where we struggle emotionally. Not lives where we live with “less than” thoughts about ourselves.
Romans 8:6 tells us, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
I don’t know about you, but I want me some life and peace! LOL
If you’d like prayer for this or anything else, contact me. I would love to pray for you.
God bless you today and always!