Each of us responds differently to situations and circumstances. For example, my husband tends to struggle with road rage far more often than I do. However, I tend to be a lot more moody than he is.
Recognizing emotional patterns or habits can help us determine what is healthy or unhealthy. Here are some indications you may be practicing some unhealthy emotional habits.
· You often lash out in anger
· You cry to gain attention
· You are frequently critical or judgmental
· You are quick to show irritation or lack of patience
· You handle most situations anxiously
· You are fearful much of the time
The good news is, God is ready to break any strongholds of unhealthy emotion that you might have. Call out to Him for deliverance. He hears you!
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”(Psalm 34:4)
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” (Galatians 5:16-17)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Ultimately, we were lovingly designed to experience many different emotions. God, Himself, has been described as showing love, compassion, kindness, and even sorrow. His timely display of emotion is the best example for us, as we navigate through life in the healthiest way possible.
Jennifer Waddle is best known for encouraging Christian women in faith and life. She is the author of several books, including Prayer Worrier: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer,and is a contributor for WomensMinistryTools.com, Crosswalk.com and abide.is. She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth. You can find free resources at EncouragementMama.com or find her books here. Jennifer is also available, via email, at email@example.com. She reads every single email that lands in her inbox, and would be honored to pray for your requests.
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