It’s ok to feel emotions. It’s ok to take time to take care of yourself. We are uniquely designed, intricately woven and perfectly human. God has created in us, a distinct ability to make choices, take action, and feel emotions. This is a beautiful truth; yet there are times we struggle with those choices, actions and emotions. It is not easy identifying and processing through the things we face in our life. Jesus knows this first hand. He was crucified for His choice to take on the sin of the world. But His choice…His willingness to face those raw emotions and endure the sufferings…are why we are able to endure and persevere in this world today. We have a Savior who lives within us. We are never alone in the things we face. We are understood. We are carried…and we are loved unconditionally. There are times we must step away from our normal routine and seek Jesus in a more intimate way. Yesterday was one of those days for me. It was my daughter Ashley’s, earthly birthday. She would have been 26 years old. She is with our Heavenly Father now. This promise is what allows grief to be endured. But it does not mean we do not feel the emotions that God has given us. It means we recognize them…feel them…and then allow God to help us through it. We all face different difficulties throughout our lives. Make sure you allow yourself to feel…and avoid the temptation to desensitize. God knows your heart and He knows your emotions. Seek His heart and you can be assured you will find comfort and peace.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit. PSALM 147:3-5
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace, with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. HEBREWS 4:14-16
God is with us.
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