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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ever in a Funk?


The Cafe welcomes Guest Barista, Laurel today!


I was in such a funk last week.

I asked some of my friends if they had a plan of action as to how to get out of a funk; tricks they might use in their own lives. It’s a tough one, isn’t it? These emotions are so strong – and we aren’t trained in this culture, or even encouraged, NOT to rely on our emotions.


Philippians 4:8
Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.

We all know this scripture, we’ve read it hundreds of times. But how do we apply it to our lives and everyday?

We have to take a leap of faith and move further, from just knowing it, to living it! I must say that I have been held prisoner by negative thoughts in the past. I have allowed them to overwhelm me at times.

I want out.

I want light where there has been darkness. These negative thoughts drain the energy and vitality out of your life faster than the blink of an eye. With His help, we can claim victory over destructive thoughts, negative emotions and attitudes. We can do all things through Him right?!


The Israelites must have felt that God had abandoned them. We know from scripture (Exodus 2:24-25; 3:7-10) that He did not forget them. We have to dive into scripture, memorize scripture, etch it upon our hearts and minds so that we can claim these truths and promises when we start feeling those prison bars surrounding us again! Think on what is rock-solid, that is God’s Word! His word, His truths, have to come above what we feel! We can not allow our thoughts and feelings to come above the Word of God.


When we start seeing ourselves through God’s eyes, we remember that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14) no matter what others think about us. We remember that He has a mighty plan and purpose for us, no matter what season we’re in or what things look like today (2 Tim. 1:9). He has given us spiritual gifts that we can use to benefit others, no matter how we may be failing in this moment (1 Cor. 12:7-11). We can not forget that we are ALWAYS loved and accepted by God, no matter who rejects us here on earth (Romans 8:J35).


When we leave behind our emotions and feelings, we can really move into what God has for us. We can move from despair and depression, into hope and encouragement; from heart ache and rejection, into enablement and renewed energy – all because God’s Word is in our hearts and we can claim His promises!


I can’t tell you how encouraging this is to me. Whewy, this gives me so much freedom! THIS is how I can get out of my funk. THIS is how I can seek what He has for me – move past my emotions and feelings and into HIM.

WOW…

Prayer:

Thank you for this timely revelation Jesus. Thank you that you KNOW my heart’s desires and fears and You hear my prayers, even before I utter them. Thank you for seeing me as the beautiful daughter You created me to be, and for giving me glimpses of that same woman after Your very heart so that I can have hope in my everyday. Continue to mold and transform this heart. In Your Holy name, AMEN


With love,

Laurel

Laurel lives in Canada, Boonsville to be precise! She is currently 2 hours from the nearest anything. Married to her handsome husband of 13 years, they have 2 princes, aged 10 and 12; and 1 princess, age 5. They are in our 6th year of homeschool which we lovingly call "Little House on the Halfway" since they reside on the Halfway River.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

Thank you Laurel! This was very encouraging!

August 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Laurel in Canada said...

Thank you. God's been working in my heart in such HUGE ways lately. Isn't it wonderful to be loved by a God that never overlooks ONE detail of our lives?!

You can see more of my writings at http://laurelsheart.wordpress.com Stop by and have coffee with me ;)

August 9, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Oh, yes. The funk. Satan loves it when I'm there. Thank you for the Scripture to focus on!

August 9, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Woman on a Mission said...

Yes, yes, yes!

August 9, 2009 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Theresa Miller said...

"move past my feelings and emotions and into Him." I love that! Thanks for the encouragement and reminder of such a beautiful truth.

August 9, 2009 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

A great big yes to this.

August 10, 2009 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Joiful said...

Ditto, Ditto...thank you for encouraging me and many others!!

August 10, 2009 at 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Laurel in Canada said...

"move past my feelings and emotions and into Him."

This seems to be becoming a theme in my life right now. My best friend has been diagnosed with cancer and He is really speaking to me about my 'feelings' and how to move past them and into FAITH.

I'm so glad this encouraged you.

August 10, 2009 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Heckety said...

Yes Phillipians 4 v8 is one of my 'hold tight' verses, also 'my grace is sufficient for you' from one of Paul's epistles, but can't remember which. I think that quoting Scripture is one of the most effective ways of banishing Satan, so the more of God's Work I know from memory the better.

August 10, 2009 at 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Laure in Canada said...

AMEN to that Heckety!!!

August 10, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Plowlady said...

perpetually...

August 14, 2009 at 3:03 AM  

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