The past ten days, my emotions have been scattered all over the map on a daily basis – extreme and intense, they are often overwhelming to me.
If you are feeling anxious, depressed, worried, frightened, angry, confused, irritated, frustrated, overwhelmed, drained, or exhausted, you’re not alone. The times in which we are living are uncertain at best, disconcerting and troubling most of the time.
Remember, friends, that feelings are neither good nor bad. They are signals to help us process our inner life and the world around us, to grasp more fully what is happening and how we are meant to respond.
Emotions give us clarity and insight if we allow them to teach us. They provide direction for meaning and purpose when we aren’t sure what’s going on or what to do.
Throughout the past week or so, whenever I’d feel myself moving into a state of panic, often a familiar Scripture verse would pop in my mind. I’d focus on the words of Jesus or perhaps a Psalmist or Old Testament writer, and I’d remember that God is sovereign. Even when I am not in control, He always is.
Friends, I decided to share with you some of those verses here. If they don’t minister to you right now, that’s okay. I will be posting tomorrow about spiritual bypassing and authentic faith responses we can give ourselves or others.
Right now, I hope and pray that some of these verses speak to your heart and calm the anxiety and troubling, unsettling, disturbing sense that all is lost. Nothing is lost upon God. May you find peace in His Word today.
I truly enjoyed reading your book Waiting with Purpose. Although written prior to the pandemic, your words of wisdom as to how we can grow during this time of “waiting” are very powerful and truly an anecdote to fear!