Creatures of Emotion

28 Feb

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e·mo·tion

/iˈmōSHən/

Noun

  1. A natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
  2.  Any of the particular feelings that characterize such a state of mind, such as joy, anger, love, hate, horror, etc.

Synonyms

feeling – sensation – sentiment – agitation – excitement

Emotions are a funny thing. Depending on the situation, they can swiftly move us from feeling ecstatically happy to completely distraught in a split second not unlike a see-saw.  What I find most amazing is how powerful feelings can be (if we let them). One minute, I can feel on top of the world and the next, like a pathetic loser.  BAH!

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Some Common Emotions (and how I personally associate them)

Happy– My favorite book gets released! or when J brings me flowers unexpectedly (this doesn’t happen very often- many silly romantic notions fly out the window when you date a real guy and not a fictional character- lol)

Distraught– When I lock my keys in my car in front of a wonderful but jenky Chinese restaurant forty minutes from my place of residence

Livid– Seeing my sister wear my clothing before I even had the chance to take the tags off or when I find out someone of age is not registered to vote (guilty as charged- I love politics)

Embarrassed– Getting my period in the middle of the day, and of course I have no tampon or any way of obtaining one any time soon. Oh yeah, and I’m wearing white pants

Frantic– Yikes! My alarm did not go off again and there’s no time for even a flick of mascara.  Or more seriously, when my windshield wipers ice over in the middle of a snowstorm

Nervous– My first day of work. Before a test. Getting up in front of a large group of people. Important tests.

 

Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.  ~Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

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Here’s another thing about emotions: they are POWERFUL! One emotion can make or break a situation.  A single feeling you take away from one situation will often carry over into the rest of your day if you don’t control it. For example: Let’s say you and your mom have a fight over your curfew time and you leave your house with steam coming out of your ears to meet up with your friends. Later that night your closest friends harmlessly tease you about your latest crush. Instead of laughing along with them, you take your anger out on them by coming up with a snappy, hurtful comment. A fight follows. It didn’t matter if your curfew was later or not- you go home early anyways. You weren’t angry at your friends- but you took it out on them.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes we try to stuff our feelings deep inside of us. If we don’t think about it, then it will eventually go away right? Wrong! This is not a better solution. When we stuff emotions down deep into our hearts, eventually they bubble to the surface like a volcano- and once you start, you can’t stop!

Who’s in Control: God, or your Emotions?

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God created humans, especially females, with an amazing emotional capacity. If you are ever looking for an example of how God used an emotional human, read Psalms. King David was a great and powerful king however he was often overcome by his emotions. When David was happy, he was dancing from the rooftops and when he was sad, well, David cried out in deep despair (can we say DRAMA king!). There were many times when David let his emotions lead him astray (adultery, murder, child out of wedlock… David really messed up) but somewhere along the way, he started trusting God and learned to balance them a little better.  This doesn’t mean David still didn’t have his moments- seriously, read Psalms.

We enter serious danger zones when we build our lives on our feelings. Satan likes manipulate our circumstances and our senses in an attempt to throw us off balance. He wants you so overcome with emotion, that you become an ineffective follower of Christ! Strong emotion can sometimes paralyze us and keep us from moving forward. Emotions also change with the wind. There is a definite possibility that you will not feel the same way about a situation tomorrow as you feel today. I can’t tell you how many times my childhood friend, Michelle, and I would be best friends on one day and mortal enemies the next. It was a constant up and down cycle. Feelings come and feelings go- it’s what we do with those them that really matters.

How to Deal…

Philippians 4:6-9

New Living Translation (NLT)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

 

The way we must deal with our feelings is by choosing to believe God’s Word over what we hear, feel, or experience. Your emotions will be the fruit of what you believe deep down in your heart, and where your focus lies. So instead of struggling to change your feelings, begin first to work on your belief system. Get your head in the word and spend time praying to your maker. When we build up our faith in God, more healthy emotions will follow.

~AJ

 

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