Self-Control

Self-Control

Once we believe that we can’t help how we feel, it becomes easy to start believing that we also can’t control how we act as a result of how we feel. It suddenly becomes okay to lose control.

We allow ourselves to become controlled by our emotions, acting without thought, and taking action simply because we feel a certain way about something.

We Feel So We Do

Sometimes reigning in our emotions can be hard. That is true.

  • When we are sick, we want to don’t want to do much of anything.
  • When some upsets, hurts, insults, or threatens our loved ones, we want to take action.
  • When someone runs late, we want to speed things along or carry on without them.
  • When someone disappoints, upsets, or offends us, we want to give them a piece of our mind.
  • When us women are on our cycles, we tend to become more moody and sometimes even irritable.
  • When men’s masculinity becomes the butt end of a joke, it seems only natural that they would take offense and want to say or do something about it.

On and on it goes…

For me, I admit, I struggle with my reactions when it comes to those I love. If I feel someone is hurting, threatening, or doing undo damage or harm I struggle to not let my feelings get the best of me.

When I’m offended, sometimes its difficult for me not to pop my cork. More often than not, I say things or do things I regret.

What about you? Do you struggle with acting on your emotions?

seasons_of_life_by_eirieniel

Like the Seasons…

Nancy Leigh Demoss made an interesting point in this week of Bible Study. As I read about emotions, deception, and self-control something in particular really stuck out. That being our creation.

As with all aspects of nature, God has designed our bodies to function in seasons and cycles. 

~Nancy Leigh Demoss~ 

The more I think about this, the more this makes sense. Have you ever taken a moment to sit down and think about who you are now, versus who you were a year ago? Or perhaps have you done some self-reflecting or soul searching to find certain things about you have changed and aren’t as they were in your younger years?

Just like the leaves grow, change, and fall… the chapters of our lives play out much like seasons.

In our youth, we are exploring the world and eventually finding ourselves. As adults, we change, learn, and even settle down into a set way of life. Whether it’s in the day to day pursuit of a career, raising a family, or striving to find self-worth… we each go through certain times in our lives much of the world around us do seasons.

We are constantly changing, learning, and growing.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:13-16 New International Version (NIV)

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

 

It isn’t unusual for a mother or father to dream, hope, or even have a layout for how they envision their child’s life will be. Perhaps we get such a notion from our Heavenly Father as He not only made each and every one of us, but He also ordained us.

Before we drew our first breaths, He knew what each of us would do… who we’d marry… how many children we’d have… what we’d become… He knew it all. Just as He knows of our difficulties and challenges.

We need only to trust in Him to see us through both the good and the bad. The difficult and the easy.

 

 

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