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Our feelings are trying to tell us something important, not trying to take over. In fact, God gave them to us for a reason. Not to be controlled or “managed” but to connect us, to Him and to others around us.
Your emotions are trying to tell you something. They’re telling you specific things about your situation. But before we can decipher what our emotions are saying to us, we have to notice them. Not brush them aside.
Not stuff them. Not talk ourselves out of them.
After noticing what’s going on with our bodies, the next step is naming what we’re actually feeling. Even if you’ve treated your emotions like “those that must not be named” for fear that naming them makes them more real, naming is a gift you’ve been given by God who names everything and everyone...
You can feel all your feelings and not sin. And you can feel all your
feelings and sin. But feeling a feeling in and of itself is not a sin.
Feeling your feelings is an invitation to “with confidence draw near to
throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (...