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Emotional Maturity

I WAITED patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3
If any of you have experienced a season of depression, you know that once God has delivered you, you will do whatever it takes to stay delivered.  You also know that when you experience something that is tragic or heartbreaking for you, that the enemy tries to antagonize you back to that point which you were delivered from. Basically, it's a constant fight. This is where the Word of God comes in. Reading it, studying it, and applying it our lives, helps us become emotionally mature. When situations happen, we don't have to fly off the handle or sink into depression. We can take our emotions to the Lord, seeking Him for guidance and wisdom as to how to handle the situation. He will in turn lead us to His Word; directing us to victory.
On Sunday, after many years of thinking I had only one brother, discovered that I have two. What was once hearsay was right there. What was once said to be a lie, was right in my face. As you can imagine, my emotions were all over the place. Then to top it off, everybody knew except me. The discovery was made at my dad's 75th surprise birthday party. I know right -SURPRISE!  However, despite my mixed emotions, I maintain my dignity, was cordial, and helped make my dad's birthday a great day.
From that point, up until last night, I didn't know what to do with the emotions I was feeling. I didn't even know what to do with the information I had received. My emotions were all over the place. I felt so out of control. Once I was able to calm down, I realized that God had been preparing me for this roller coaster of emotions.
For the last few weeks, I have been studying this book by Joyce Meyer called "Managing Your Emotions, Instead Of Your Emotions Managing You." He had me writing down key points in my notebook (that I found out yesterday), was very helpful to me during this time of need. LOOK AT JESUS! All this time I'm reading this book, God is preparing me for what was about to happen in my life. Thank You Jesus!
Now that I have gained my composure, I can put things in perspective, and handle this situation in a way that will bring glory and honor to God. I thank God for His Holy Spirit that allowed me not to operate in my emotions. I thank Him that I recognized it for what it was and the ability to seek Him in the process.
So, the next time you are on an emotional rollercoaster, remember that just because you have those feelings, doesn't mean you have to act upon them. IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Collossians 3:17

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