I realize from my own journey recently and just from simply living life in this world, that we want to hurry up and rush our healing process. The reality is we can’t really rush, but I am certain that with the help of the Holy Spirit, if you cooperate, be open and willing in the process (i.e.,. don’t resist by running or numbing) that it will be accelerated naturally. If you have been feeling some kind of way emotionally lately due to your personal situation, here is a process that you can take yourself through right now to feel better and move forward:
- Sit down. Leave the phone alone. Scripture: Be still, and know that I am God (Ps. 46:10)
We don’t know how to be still. I still struggle with this from time to time. It requires intentionality and discipline. When we get quiet, we hear God more clearly. We like the noise and distraction of our smartphones and TVs. Let go of the remote. Put down the iPhone or Android device. Go where you will not be distracted.
- Ask God to help you discern the source of the sad feeling your chest. Scripture: If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:5)
Sometimes you already know why, at other times sometimes you may not be quite sure or unable to put your finger on why you are feeling low. In some situations, it could be a mix of several things causing you to feel “some kind of way” or sad. Oftentimes, you may be picking up someone else’s feelings and it is a call to pray, especially if you are an intercessor or someone who is naturally very sensitive to the feelings of other people.
- Receive the answer/conclusion/revelation. Scripture: For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matt. 7:8)
The revealed answer may surprise you. You may realize that it is unresolved grief about losing a loved one, grief about any kind of significant loss such as job or other endings) feeling alone/lonely, being misunderstood or rejected by someone, loneliness, worry or anxiety about a a variety of situations, disappointment and dashed hopes and dreams, financial struggles, and of course what is going on in our country and the world at large.
- Cry if you feel like it. Get in the shower. Cry some more. This works. You can get a good cry in this way. Scripture: Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voice and wept until they had no more power to weep.( 1 Samuel 30:4)
Not to mention the fact that Jesus wept, Hezekiah wept bitterly, Job wept, Mordecai wept, and Jeremiah wept and many others in the Bible cried and wept very dramatically. All powerful prophets and kings in the bible, who had no problem crying and sometimes quite publicly when they needed too. At least you are crying privately. ou are WORTHY of your tears. Thank God he created us with the capacity to cry. According to Psychology Today, “It is good to cry. It is healthy to cry. This helps to emotionally clear sadness and stress. Crying is also essential to resolve grief when waves of tears periodically come over us after we experience a loss. Tears help us process the loss so we can keep living with open hearts… Let your tears flow to purify stress and negativity.” CATCH that. The longer you don’t process stuff and allow yourself to cry (especially the hidden things that you have blocked out), the harder your heart becomes, less compassionate, and more bitter and calloused. There are many people who cannot cry at all and have become so disconnected on the inside that they cannot cry even though they want too. Let that not be you Beloved!
- Get a journal and write out question to God and to yourself about the situation and the answers as they come– -this can be hard. Scripture: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matt 7:7
Hand write out a couple of scriptures that speak to your heart. And pray. Aloud. Not in your head all silent. Get it out of your head and heart and onto a piece of paper. You only need 2 or 3. Writing memorializes. Writing the Word and speaking it regularly and wires it into your heart. Writing helps to creates order from chaos. Documentation leads to revelation.
When asking questions, don’t stay at the surface. Go a little deeper. Good prompts include:
- Lord how do you see this situation?
- Be neutral and ask how would someone from outside see this? (this can be hard, because it requires you to see where you might have been wrong)
- Why am I looking for approval? How am I numbing my feelings?
- What am I in 100% control of TODAY?
If you are serious about feeling better right now, then I highly encourage you to do this. This is a critical component of real self-care. Not scrolling social media, watching the news, drinking a lot of wine, having sex, other drugs, snacking and eating when not really that hungry, binge watching Netflix, being busy, shopping, doing ministry, and the list of numbing and avoiding goes on and on. Now, more than ever we must walk healed and whole!
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