Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

What are Emotions?

June 3rd, 2013

Emotions are the feelings that bubble up inside you for any given occasion. As young girls in the pre-teen and teenage years, emotions are a constant struggle. One minute you can be soaring high feeling happy and giddy, the next you can be on the ground feeling lonely or angry.

Because emotions are so tricky (believe me, I struggle with them myself), I thought of doing a devotional series which I wrote that would touch on a different emotion each week throughout the summer. And ¬†what better day to do it than a Monday. From my experience, Mondays are just blah. So, I am beginning a ‘devotional Monday’ with the hope that you will be able to start out the week right thinking about your emotions.

Now, back to our emotions. Have you ever thought “Why do I even need emotions? Most of the time they just get me into trouble!” Well, a few weeks ago I attended a conference session which was focused on the heart. The speaker said many helpful things, some of which I will share with you now:

  • Our heart is a factory that produces emotions
  • We are wired to have emotions
  • God wants us to use our emotions to glorify him

Even though we are made to have emotions, we cannot let them control us because they can be very deceiving. Sometimes our emotions will tell us what we want, but we know that we don’t NEED that particular item and that would be our emotions being deceptive, which is why we don’t want them to control us.

Instead of using our emotions to hurt others or put people down, we need to try to remember to use our emotions to glorify God. By using our emotions appropriately, we can show others that God lives in us and that is our testimony!

A dear friend & mentor showed me Psalm 19:14 when I was in a bible study learning more about emotions. It reads:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Ps 19:14 ESV

Before you let your emotions take a hold of you, ask yourself “Is this pleasing and acceptable to God?” If not, curve the emotion so it doesn’t take control of the situation. Don’t intentionally hurt another person, even if they have hurt you. Talk through that emotion with someone whom you trust. Use your emotions to glorify God and ask God for help each day to help you control them.

 

 

Something to Think About: How many times could you change the outcome of your day just by concentrating on your emotions? Instead of ending down, could you end high?

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Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old