Just cause you FEEL it, doesn't make it true!

Feelings! Feelings get me in trouble from time to time! I don't even consider myself to be a person who is emotional or "in tune with their feelings".  But I am still a person and a female...and just like all females...we FEEL! But let me let you in on a secret. Well it's not a secret actually. But that made you want to know....OUR FEELINGS AREN'T ALWAYS RIGHT AND DON'T ALWAYS REFLECT GOD'S TRUTH. I have feelings all the time that make me want to act a certain way. Can I justify an ungodly action that took place because of what I FELT? No. That's not how it works. Can I allow myself to wallow around in feelings that are opposite of God's truth? No. Let me tell you why.

I have FELT like I could not do anything right these past few weeks. I FELT like I really didn't have any purpose. I FELT like maybe all the things I had involved myself in didn't really need me and I should probably bow out. I FELT like I was less than others around me who were working in their career path they went to college to study for. I FELT like maybe I had messed up by making the choices I had made in life. I FELT like God was maybe punishing me for times I hadn't been so fruitful. I FELT like maybe what I knew at one time to be God telling me to do something was just something I made up in my head. I FELT like no matter what I did there was nothing to make this feeling go away. I FELT so many things. Most of them made me FEEL bad about myself and where I was at in life. 

Being a stay-at-mom is my all-time favorite career, but there are times I wonder if I'll ever "be anything". I FEEL like I'm "behind" everyone else my age that is established in their career. I FEEL like I'm supposed to be a certain size (and I'm not even close). I FEEL like I can't be everything for everyone and FEEL even worse when I think about what I haven't done for people. It's a snowball of FEELINGS.

What I had to realize was FEELING these things did NOT MAKE THEM TRUE! I was truly feeling that way, but all of those thoughts were as far from the truth as they could be. God doesn't say any of those things about me. His word doesn't declare any of those things about me. What He says is actually quite the opposite. 

What I also had to realize was, that if the enemy could get me to focus on my feelings I would forget about the truth. I swam around in these ridiculous emotions for almost an entire day. My IRON friend combated these lies with truth and helped me open my eyes back up to see I was nowhere near "the edge" where my emotions had brought me. I was actually still sitting in a blessed and favored place. A place where God has me for a specific reason and time. A place where He is using me for His kingdom every single day of my life. 

Sometimes life can leave you stressed and overwhelmed with emotions. Let your inner voice, be the voice of truth and not an emotional monster.

Maybe this is for you today...maybe it was just for me. I know if we are truthful we all deal with wondering if we are spinning our wheels sometimes. We ask ourselves WHAT are we doing? Or WHY can I not just GET IT RIGHT? The truth is we are human and will never be perfect. We are weak and fall short. In all of this we can know that His word declares that THOUGH WE ARE WEAK, HE IS STRONG. I will gladly share my struggle, not for you to feel sorry for me, but for you to know that it's by the power of God that I pick my head up and remind myself who I am in Him!

There's no great emotion to feel than the love and power of Jesus Christ! Focus on Him and the rest will fade!

At my weakest times mentally I can remember and declare this from 2 Corinthians 12:9 "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."


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