Nuggets – [Facing Your your fee]ings ] Introduction

imagesHere is a series which supplements our efforts to end abuse. It is when  we take into consideration the feelings of God in whose image we are made, and the feelings of others that we will refrain from overwhelming self-pity for the abused   or not abuse for the abuser. For the abused, this series will also help each one address the response to abuse.  These series will be posted on Sundays and Mondays. While the writer wrote for women, feelings also apply to men and should add a new perspective on feelings  for them.

Vickie Kraft has seen it time and again–women who want to grow spiritually, but are slowed by unresolved emotional issues. The process of developing emotional maturity, Kraft explains, is entwined with the process of growing spiritually. Each area affects the other–for better or for worse. Kraft shares how women can make great strides in spiritual growth by learning to handle emotions maturely. Rather than being a victim of emotions–by “stuffing” them or allowing them to run unchecked–women can learn to face their feelings and become stronger, more loving Christians. Facing Your Feelings offers specific advice for handling a variety of emotions with honesty and maturity, including: anger, unforgiveness, rejection, bitterness, and envy. Kraft’s many years of experience enable her to offer suggestions for facing even deep-rooted emotional issues. Through biblical and practical examples, she encourages women to take responsibility for emotional wholeness and spiritual growth. Facing Your Feelings will prove truly liberating for women who desire wholeness in their spiritual lives.

[Facing Your Feelings] Introduction

So what is your gut reaction? Tell me how you really feel.” “It’s a perfect match—they’re madly in love, and she has nothing but good feelings about him.” “Let’s go for it! My sense is that we’re doing the right thing.” These familiar sound bytes indicate that our modern world is deeply sensitive to human emotions. In fact, more often than not, our feelings are our compass, guiding our decision-making process. We call it “following our hearts instead of our heads.” Of course, we know that emotions are a God-given part of our lives, allowing us to vividly experience the world. But as Christian women, we have to ask ourselves if emotional satisfaction should be our primary goal in life. The answer is clearly no. The evidence around us suggests that modern emotions are creating subjective standards that aren’t the least bit trustworthy. Broken marriages, abused children, and teenage suicides proclaim out-of-control emotions. Wants that are falsely identified as needs keep family credit cards maxed out and finances in shambles. And “if it feels good, do it” was a deadly motto for thousands of people now suffering from sexually transmitted diseases. My years as a wife, mother, and Bible teacher have taught me that God’s Word provides an objective set of standards for daily living. Naturally, these standards don’t always “feel good” when we first confront them. For example, when God calls upon us to treat others the way we’d like to be treated ourselves, personal sacrifice is necessary. When He requires us to obey His commandments, doing so may conflict with our deepest cravings. Most disturbing of all, He firmly challenges us to set all else aside when we submit ourselves to His sovereign will. On a day-to-day basis, we are faced with hundreds of choices, thousands of challenges, and countless temptations. In the pages that follow, we’ll reflect upon the emotional experiences of both contemporary women and historic men and women who lived in biblical times. I hope our inquiry into their lives will encourage you to bring your will into line with the biblical principles we’ll study. Once you’ve made a willful decision to choose God’s way, you’ll find that your emotions will follow. When women do this, I can tell you the results are life changing. Why is dealing with our emotions—facing our feelings—so important? While positive emotions add luster to life, negative emotions can be very damaging. If we ignore them, become obsessed with them, or refuse to confront them, they will stunt our spiritual growth. The truth is, we cannot be spiritually mature unless we are emotionally mature. My prayer is that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, this book will enlighten and inspire you toward emotional health and its inevitable result—spiritual growth. Stop-Abuse[1]

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1 Response to Nuggets – [Facing Your your fee]ings ] Introduction

  1. secretangel says:

    Amen… Awesome post. Yes, God wants us healed and whole… body, soul (emotions), and spirit. Thank you for sharing this and I look forward to this series. God’s army is arising. I was just listening to this song and I want to share it with you… Thanks for your prayers and loving support. May we be like Christ to overcome this world and help others to overcome.

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