Giving yourself permission to allow your emotions to flow is human and absolutely necessary.
If you’ve been struggling with finding the words to describe your emotions, remember….
“this too shall pass, but in the meantime…it’s okay to feel what you feel”
Lately I’ve found myself asking others questions like, “Is it wrong for me to feel___________?
Am I wrong for feeling like____________________?
After taking a minute to coach myself back from the realities of Imposter Syndrome, I realize that……….
I do not need permission to express my feelings, and regardless of the circumstances, my feelings are mine.
If you’ve found yourself feeling anything like I’ve been feeling lately, take a moment, close your eyes, and exhale.
Romans 5:3-5 in The Message Bible says…
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.
In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged.
Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Trouble is such a loaded word, and there is nothing fun about it. I don’t know about you, but my excitement level about experiencing trouble is pretty much non-existent.
Facing trouble is often painful, isolating and just hard.
I want to challenge you to consider trouble as an opportunity for you to build your muscle for self-awareness.
Trouble is often a trigger that alerts us to be a little more patient with ourselves, and to get the extra support that we need to get through the situation.
When you honestly acknowledge the presence of your painful feelings that are associated with the troubles that you experience, you can create an honest space of reflection, which allows you to move forward in peace.
This is my prayer for you….
May all the things that weigh heavy on your heart be lifted….
May all the things that trouble you, bring you gladness……
May all the things that make you doubt how amazing you are, vanish….
Tribulation is a term that can mean trouble or affliction of any kind.
I don’t know about you, but my excitement level around experiencing tribulation is pretty much non-existent.
There is absolutely nothing fun about it……………….it is often painful, isolating and just plan hard.
I am learning to use my feelings about different tribulations that I experience, as a sign of self-awareness.
I’ve begun asking myself, what type of support do I need in order to get through the situation?
While I am very aware that those feelings of pain and isolation are most likely temporary, it sure feels like an eternity when you are experiencing them.
I thank God for Romans 8:24, because within it I am made aware of the hope for something greater…..
Greater than the hurt
Greater than the isolation
Greater than the disappointment
More often than not, tribulation is not directly about you, but it is definitely for you.
Acknowledging your feelings about an experience creates a truthful space that allows you to see more deeply into your own needs and perceptions.
Yes, tribulation can create an awareness of what you need in order to make it through, but it can also make you aware of your hidden judgement toward others.
Tribulation produces Patience
Patience produces Experience
Experience produces Hope
This week I challenge you to use the knowledge that you gained about yourself when you were experiencing a trying time, AND THEN extend those lessons learned to others who are experiencing tribulation as well.