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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Often times we can go through things and forget the point of it all. When we experience heartbreak, heartache, death, triumphs, trials, tragedy, the highs, and the lows of life, we can easily lose sight of God. At times it can just feel like a pointless roller coaster! I am beginning to learn more and more how my emotions play a huge role in me losing sight of the BIGGER point. I recently had a strong emotional reaction to what felt like someone's betrayal and disloyalty. After saying and doings that I know are outside of the will of God for me, I had to stop and breathe. Why breathe?? Because I was so pissed that I realized that I was not breathing! Ya know? Are you ever that angry to the point you are in straight GO MODE?! Yeah, that’s where the enemy likes to straight play me! Right smack in the middle of my emotions.

As much as I like to consider myself a prayer warrior, these moments of anger and heavy emotion, have me in a horrible space where praying can be rather difficult. I’ve learned to do a few things in those horrible moments; pause, breathe, and phone a friend. After speaking my mind to the person that hurt me, I had to fearlessly do ALL. Pause. Breathe. Phone a friend. Yeah, I know in a perfect world it should have been before I spoke my mind. But, hey I’m still a work in progress. I had to first block that person to protect my peace because I was not spiritually strong enough to keep the conversation going. I recognized that nothing good could come from how I was feeling and I had to pursue peace. My friend was able to help me come back to reality. Not right away, but eventually I was calm. Calm enough to pray and rest.

Someone close to me hurt me. I’m talking HURT MY FEELINGS!! My knee jerk reaction was to let them know and I did. WRONG!! If I could do it over again, I would have paused and prayed FIRST.  That emotional reaction has led me to write this blog post about Emotions!!!!!
Pain is real. Betrayal is real. Disrespect is real. But your emotions can be a complete send-off! Emotions will make you think you need to handle things on your own when you don’t!

Last week while doing some studying God led me to Colossians 3:12-13. The Message and Amplified versions really screamed out to me!
Colossians 3:12-13 (AMP)
12 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]; 13 bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive.
Colossians 3:12-13 (MSG)
12 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. 13 Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.

See, this here got me together….the next day! Lol!  In the heat of the moment, I allowed my emotions to run me. I was not even-tempered as Colossians 3:13 instructs us to be, I was turnt up and hurt. (I will be printing this for my home and keeping this in my phone.) Emotions will have us forgetting to be compassionate, kind, gentle, humble, and patient. Emotions will have you justifying your actions when wronged. Am I saying lay down and take it? NO! I am saying that as long as you do your part, that GOD will do HIS! On this journey, I realize that I must keep my eyes on CHRIST, even if it feels like I am being hurt. The person that hurt me has their own demons to face as I do mine. I have decided to focus on the man in the mirror and use this as an opportunity to LEVEL UP in JESUS! I still don’t feel like they were right, but more importantly God is showing me my wrongs in the situation.

Every pain inflicted upon you is an opportunity to LEVEL UP! 

I am praying for direction regarding that relationship and praying for healing and wholeness for everyone involved. As long as I am seeking Christ with my whole heart I am winning.

When your emotions try to take over:
Phone a friend
Pursue Peace
Once you are calm
Forgive the offense
Pray for clarity
Cover the relationship in prayer
Pray for God’s will to be done

Outfit details:
Denim maxi skirt from Eshakti (I had my local cleaners add the split)
Blazer from Zuvaa.com
Shoes: Louboutin Pigalle Follie

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