I just read a devotion that was all about giving ourselves permission to feel our feelings.
In the “church” so many times I think people are quick to squelch them. Either in ourselves or in others when they are just trying to get ’em out.
Feelings make some people flat-out uncomfortable when they are expressed. But let me tell you right now, if you are friends with me, you might want to get used to it.
I cry at the drop of a hat.
I probably do the ugly-cry more often than some.
I just like to to get it out.
It’s cleansing, freeing, & it purifies the dirty, dark & broken places.
I love taking my feelings to my Daddy & laying them at His feet.
A holy offering.
Some people shove them down so deep surely they’ll never re-surface again. Right? But oh, how they do.
They eek out through the tiniest cracks & crevices, naked to our human eyes. They rare their heads at all the wrong times.
Stuffed to the point of making us sick & keeping us down.
Holding us back from freedom.
I am a proponent of letting them out myself.
It’s a necessary purging in order to be well, I believe.
We sh’ant be afraid of them.
God is able to handle all we have.
He is acquainted with all of our sorrow & is the lifter of our head.
He has certainly lifted mine many times over.
And I am so thankful He never tires of it.
Help us God to be more in touch with our feelings. Help us to stop denying them, to embrace them & get them out. To seek sound counsel when we need it & to trust in Your Great Love for us. To trust that You care more for us than anyone. To mend the broken places & give us beauty for the ash heaps scattered in our souls.
Like forgotten monuments to the trials we have endured. Or tried to. We praise You & thank You in advance Lord.
In Jesus’ Mighty All-Knowing name,
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
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