About She Seeks

She Seeks is a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries with Lysa Terkeurst and Renee Swope. She Seeks is a daily devotional and blog for young Christian women in their 20s who are seeking encouragement and inspiration as they step closer to the heart of God.

She Seeks - Week of July 5


{hold tight}

an inspirational entry from a girl who's learned to weather the storm of PMS

PMS. This three-letter acronym has become somewhat of a joke in our culture. We laugh at the crazed women in movies as she bites the head off her boyfriend and inhales a chocolate candy bar in the same breath. We groan with empathy at the cheesy commercial as the woman struggles to zip up her jeans and cover up that zit while they sell us a pill to do away with the symptoms. The reality is, PMS is not funny, and it affects millions of us, as women. From our teenage years with the raging hormones and the embarrassment of our monthly cycle to the moms and grandmothers with their hot flashes {and all the 20-somethings in between}, our hormones affect us.

Recently, I faced one of these episode with PMS, and God spoke clearly to my heart. He exhorted me to hold onto him as my strength and my guide and to do my part to help these hormonal feelings subside. The following are some take-away lessons from that instruction.

1) The first thing I felt God telling me to do was to acknowledge the thoughts, fears and lies swirling around in my head. I've found that if I don't acknowledge these for what they are, they can easily take over my mind and spin out of control. Sometimes it may be naming my feelings one by one in order to acknowledge them as lies that hold no truth what so ever. Then I need to take it a step further and acknowledge these feelings before the Lord and hand them over to Him to deal with. God knows how every single out of control hormone in my body affects my mind. He alone can help me weather through my monthly cycle.

2) The second thing I felt God telling me to do was trade in the lies. What came to mind was the verse in Galatians about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In my mind I checked each one on the list and matched them up with the lies swirling around in my thoughts.

3) As a result of these things, I began to hold tight to the truth. Though in that moment I felt unloved, I recalled the truth that God pours unfailing love onto me. (See Psalm 13:5) I held tight to the joy that God gives, despite the desperation that took over my thoughts. And even through the cloud of fear, I remembered that I must not let go of God's goodness. I then repeated this pattern until I felt peace.

As I did my part to acknowledge, trade in and hold tight, I felt the Lord take over and do His part. Throughout the following week (which is typically the length of my PMS), I continually went back through this process as negative thoughts crept into my mind. I was determined to not let my monthly cycle turn my world upside down. Though my PMS will return, I have no reason to allow it to rule my life because I am determined to hold tight to the truth through the storm of my hormones.

{NOTE: If you deal with depression at any point, including your monthly cycle, and you fear it may be out of control, please go see your doctor. Hormones can become chemically unbalanced and a physician can help you get back on track.}


The Bible

Isaiah 41:10 -- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

For more help and information on depression go to Mercy Ministries.

Sarah is passionate about shedding light on her own struggles so that someone else might find encouragement. She would love to hear your thoughts about PMS and will be around all week to answer questions. You can read more about Sarah on her website www.liveitoutblog.com

Sarah would love to know how you weather the storm of PMS. Come on over to She Seeks and share.

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