Summary of Last Months Topic
After a fantastic session about hormones last month (do check out the blog MARCH18 if you missed it)
This month at our Living Room meeting the focus turned to emotional health. We started off watching the following video from Dr Caroline Leaf, helping us to understand that our emotions and how we feel are under our control, and we are physically able to renew our minds as it says in the bible. You cannot control the events and circumstances of your life, but you can control how you react to it.
Our panel was made up of some amazing women who have been through emotional times and who have supported others through emotional times as well. They shared their wisdom with us below on how to be emotionally healthy:
THE FIRST STEP – UNDERSTAND YOUR EMOTIONS
The first step to being able to control our emotions better is to understand them and where they are coming from. This chart was shared to show how our emotions start out and progress into deeper rooted emotions. If we can recognise them earlier on, then we can stop them from progressing further.
Perhaps you might not recognise these emotions in your life, so try to surround yourself with real friends who will recognise a change in you and be able to challenge that. If you feel as if you are caught up in a particular emotion, then talk to someone about it and see if they agree.
LEARN WHEN YOU ARE VULNERABLE
All of us will be more susceptible to wrong emotions at different times – whether it be when we are tired, on our monthly period, first thing in the morning, etc. Learn when your weak times are and be aware of it so that you can recognise that this might be a problem and avoid making decisions or facing stressful situations in those times.
PRAY OVER IT
Once we have realised there is a problem then the first key to tackling it is to pray. Ask that God will reveal the root cause of the emotion and that he will help you to figure out ways to deal with it. As soon as you feel that emotion bubbling up, ask for God’s protection against it.
SPEAK SCRIPTURE OVER IT
The bible is God’s word and helps us to live our lives, so we can turn to it for help in all circumstances. Speaking bible verses over our lives can help us to handle our emotions too – it squashes the negative and brings forward the positive. It brings light to the situation.
Grab what God is saying about the situation and start declaring it rather than wallowing in the negative emotions – Its not always easy to do this, as sometimes we like to stay in a place of self-pity, but if you are ready to fight the battle on it then we CAN overcome our emotions!
God’s word has power – it is not just print on a page.
GET A FRIEND TO STAND WITH YOU IN IT
Friends are often the first to notice a difference in us when we are struggling and having a friend who will pray with you and stand with you through emotional times can bring you through it. Who are your close friends? These will be people where the relationship is two sided – they are interested in you and vice versa. If you haven’t got any close friends around you then why not invite someone from church out for a coffee, join one of our fortnightly Life Groups or come along to Colour Conference with all of us next year – you’ll be guaranteed to make some new friends!
STAY FAITHFUL TO GOD IN IT
Sometimes our emotions will stop us from wanting to attend Sunday Services, or being with people, but there is something amazing about everyone coming together and worshipping; this can be a powerful way for your spirit to find healing even when you don’t have the words to say in prayer. So, keep faithful to God and trust that he can change your emotions.
TAKE TIME OUT OF IT
If you find that the emotion is just too much that you can’t pray through it, then go and take some time out. Maybe go for a walk or clear your head in some way, and then go back to God when you are ready to deal with it.
REALISE THE POWER OF OUR WORDS
When we speak negatively the enemy takes those words and creates emotions with them to try and take over. Take your inspiration from Jesus when he is being tempted in the desert – he doesn’t even acknowledge the words the devil throws at Him. Instead Jesus comes straight back with scripture and declares the truth in the situation. He never speaks negatively about His situation. Our words will create the atmosphere therefore we must be careful what we say.
READ AROUND IT
There are some great books out there to help us deal with our emotions too, so why not check out these great book recommendations:-
-Joyce Meyer – Living Beyond Your Feelings
-Joyce Meyer – The secret power of God’s word
VERSE OF THE MONTH
2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (TPT)
5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 6 Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.