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Emotion 1

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Further to my post regarding doing the exercises in Angela de Souza’s book, Emotional Gravity, here is my first:

Get perspective and take control

  1. Emotions:  Write down the emotions that you struggle with – FEAR
  2. Response:  Write down your response to the emotion.  It could be an action, reaction or paralysis.  Fear leads to panic – I become paralysed or I want to run away.  Or I almost want to start hyperventilating – I have to remind myself to breath and to keep calm.  My mind starts to race and I lose control of the thoughts that come into my mind.
  3. Action:  Write down the action that results.  It may be a facial expression, a verbal response or a physical action.  Fear – paralysis

Emotional control

Write down the changes you intend to make for each emotion you listed using the following keys:

  1. Emotions are based on what you think and not reality.  Write down what you think at times regarding that emotion and write down the truth.
  2. Write a plan to bring balance to that emotion bearing in mind the keys – distraction, focused thought, will power, prayer, and express yourself.

Emotion 1:        Fear

Thought:           I fear that this is not my life that my husband is not for me, that my daughter is not for me – and that I am going to lose it all or lose myself.

Truth:                I am exactly where God wants me to be.  My prayer throughout my tumultuous childhood is that God would not allow me to have a marriage like my parents, and He has answered that prayer. 

Luke 11:11-13

New International Version (NIV)

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[a] a fish, will give him a snake instead?  12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Plan:                Distraction: To rather fill myself with God’s truth – I am exactly where I need to be.  Distract myself by quoting scripture, and to breathe slowly.

Focused thought:  To advise myself as if I was giving advice to a friend, “If you love             him, stay with him.  There is no option to leave, and this is where God wants you to be.  So, listen to the Word of God, listen to your heart and enjoy your marriage.  You are not your mother.  You are you.  And God created you to live this amazing life with your husband because of who God is.”

So when I am feeling fear, I need to recite the word of God to remind me that this is where I am meant to be in life.

2 Timothy 1:7

King James Version (KJV)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

So, God did not intend for me to live with this fear.

Also, to remind myself how good things were and how I never had doubt before I became a mom, which says that all this anxiety and fear is more a situational thing – to remind myself of all the blessing and goodness of the past nine years of marriage and to celebrate making it through the last four years.

Will power:  Listen to the radio, focus on breathing, keeping calm, purposely think the opposite of what is causing the fear, quote scripture, doubt my fear (thank you Joyce Meyer)

Prayer:  To always pray about my feelings and to realise that God is bigger than my fears, my thoughts and my anxieties and through His grace, so am I.

Express yourself:  Which is why I blog…

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I don’t have, because I don’t ask!

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James 4

New International Version (NIV)

Submit Yourselves to God

What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  2 You desire but do not have, so you kill.  You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.  You do not have because you do not ask God.  3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

I’ve taken the whole day to sum up the courage to write this post – you see, I had to make sure my motives are pure.  But, as the day has progressed, I’ve realised that not only are my motives pure, they are in line with the will of God.  This is what I pray for:

  1. First, and most importantly, for God to renew, restore and strengthen my marriage.  Because God has given marriage to us as His gift of love and security.  Proof of this can virtually be read throughout the whole bible.
  2. Secondly, I am praying for our finances.  Jesus came that we may live life in abundance, and we are definitely not doing that now.  In fact, we are barely scraping by.
  3. Thirdly, I pray for our little daughter – that she may grow up strong, secure and confident, because she is a child of God.
  4. Fourth, I pray for this anxiety, panic and fear to be taken from me, because God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
  5. And finally, I pray that I may make peace with my weight and with the idea of losing weight and that God will help me and give me the grace to achieve my goals and breath into me the desire to want to lose weight, because this body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and should be looked after – that as with Ezekiel and the dry bones, that God will breath into me the desire to be fit, healthy and strong – and not worry about losing weight.  That I can leave this whole issue behind me now and not pick it up again (even when I lose my appetite or don’t feel like eating – actually, especially then…).

I pray all these things in Jesus name, because by His death, I can approach God in His throne room confidently.  But, I also know the bible says that where two or more are gathered in His name – so I ask that you pray with me.  And then I ask for God’s grace to leave all of the above with Him that He may work it out in His time, according to His good works so that all that is happening in our lives may work towards our good – for me.  For my husband.  And for our little girl.

Please pray these things for me and with me.

I know that all of this is in God’s will – I don’t know how I know, I just do.  So, I am asking – so that I can have.  As His word has said.

Keep Your Vision Alive!

‘…We grope…feeling our way like men without eyes…’  Isaiah 59:10 NIV

The Pilgrims who founded America landed at Plymouth Rock full of vision.  The first year they established a town, the next year they elected a town council.  In their third year, the town council proposed building a road eight kilometres out into the wilderness for westward expansion.  But the townspeople criticised it as a waste of public funds.  Amazing!  Once they had been able to see across oceans to new worlds, now they couldn’t see a few kilometres down the road.  What happened?  They failed to keep their vision alive.  How can you keep that from happening to you?

(1) Keep your vision before you at all times.  ‘Write the vision and make it plain…that he may run who reads it.’  (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)  Your vision is the road map for your life.  So write it down, read it regularly and keep it before you at all times.  (2) Make sure the vision is yours, not somebody else’s.  In the name of being ‘sensible’ or ‘practical’, many of us ignore our God-given desires.  We undertake a career to please our parents, our spouses or others.  That may make you dutiful, but it won’t make you successful.  You cannot fulfil a vision that is not your own!  (3) Believe in yourself even when others don’t.  You may succeed if nobody else believes in you, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.  No matter how old you are, always stay young at heart.  Pearl S. Buck said, ‘The young do not know enough to be prudent, therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it generation after generation.’