By Sabrina Schlesinger
My feelings are unreliable, both as a woman and as a mom. One day I can feel on top of the world, the next in the depths of despair. My husband, before we got married, told me one of his favorite things about me was I was unemotional! Guess I fooled him. LOL
But seriously, my emotions frustrate me constantly. Can anyone else relate? They are consistently unreliable and if I let them, would lead me to make some horrible decisions.
One of my all-time favorite scriptures is Psalm 73:26. It says, “My flesh and my heart may fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (NASB) Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way that I cannot rely on my emotions. My feelings and emotions play a beautiful role in life, but they are meant to be the supporting cast, not the lead actress in the movie that is MY LIFE! When our feelings, our heart, and our emotions take the lead, all sorts of chaos, confusion, and inconsistencies take place.
So how can we start getting these feelings under control?
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” (NLT)
To trust means to be confident in, to feel safe and to be secure. But if you are anything like me, I find myself in a perpetual tug-of-war over what concerns me with the Lord. I give it to Him, then, I take it back. Repeat that about 1000x a day. I am so grateful He is patient with me in this process of letting go and letting God!
I find when I take those issues that are on my heart and mind and mentally give them to the Lord…when I relinquish my control and let go of my right to have it all figured out, it is at that moment the peace of God overwhelms me in the best possible way.
What are you holding onto today that you need to let go of? It could be small cares, like, “I hope my child behaves at school today!” to big worries of health, finances and relationships.
Whatever you are carrying today, remember this…we were never designed to carry such weight. When we choose to carry these worries, we experience repercussions like ulcers, sleep-depravation, breakouts, hair loss, panic attacks, and the list goes on. Our bodies are giving us warning signs that we are not created to carry this. But I know someone who is! He is the master of taking our ugly and giving us beauty in exchange.
- When we give Him our storms, He gives us His peace.
- When we give Him our sickness, He gives us His healing.
- When we give Him our fears, He gives us His courage.
- When we give Him our heartache, He gives us His hope.
So trust Him. He is SO good. He loves you, and what concerns you, concerns Him.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Sabrina is a mother to three biological girls and one adopted boy. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance graphic designer and mom coach! She resides in beautiful San Diego where the sun shines every day. She prefers chai lattes over coffee, mac-n-cheese over vegetables, and staying in over going out. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!