When what you feel and what you know don’t line up…


I am a feeler. I mean that through and through. For most of my life how I feel has dictated what I think and how I act. I am not proud of that but it is true. Now having to “adult” most days means there is tons of stuff that has to be done no matter how I feel. Just to take it a little deeper a huge example is if you have an argument with some one. Let’s say I got into some heated words with a very good friend. All I wanted to do was cry and lash out with hatefulness at everyone around me. But deep down I know that even if I feel that way sowing seeds of hatefulness will only produce more heated words in the future with my loved ones. I don’t want that especially when they didn’t cause the hurt to begin with! So my question for you today is what do we do when our feelings don’t line up with what we know? I can say that I know to work out and eat healthy all day long but let me catch the flu and see how what I know lines up with how I feel.

(NIV) Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

So first of all I know that my heart can lie to me. If it is deceitful then maybe listening to my feelings all the time is like listening to a liar.

(NIV) Mathew 13:15 says For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

Second one sure way to start letting how I feel control me is to stop reading God’s word regularly. If I do my spiritual eyes and ears and heart can become calloused to the pure truth of God. The stronger my spirit and the weaker my flesh the more I can take control of my actions no matter how I feel.

(NIV) Proverbs 20:11 says Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?

Third it is so important for us to take control of our actions because that is how we are know. As a mother my babies know me by my actions. When my children grow up and they speak of me to others then those hearing will know me by my actions too. Am I making sense? If Bella ( that’s my girl) says “Oh that’s my mom. She is the most hateful woman.” then I am known to her as hateful and to whomever she just told that to.

I don’t want that. I am sure you wouldn’t want anyone you love to know you for anything less than God created us to be. That is why we need to make our actions line up with what we know.

May you be blessed and encouraged! Praying for all who read this today!

-Annette Burke©

4Her Ministries Inc.

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