Unruly Emotions


My heart felt tight in my chest. According to my emotions, everything was wrong. Insidiously my emotions started to short circuit my brain. My thinking became muddled. My outlook became increasingly negative. Even things I was excited about seemed dull, lifeless, UGH! My emotions were in control and I didn’t like it.

So I did something about it. First I prayed for wisdom and that I would not allow my emotions to run my thinking.

Next I posted on facebook this: “Unruly emotions you must flee. I will not allow you to dictate my attitude or shade the outlook of my day. Ask me in a few if this worked. ;)” I did have a friend ask me if it worked. I honestly answered “Mostly.”

It was a fight, one I have yet to completely win. I hope I am learning better how to fight these unruly emotions. They remind me of the fog I saw this morning. The day was bring and sunny at my house. By the time I got halfway to my girls’ school, I couldn’t even see the sun. The fog had limited my visibility. What I could see was muted in color. Everything apparently was changed, but in reality the sun was shining. Did you know that there is less than a gallon of water in one cubic mile of fog?

Our unruly emotions take a small amount of water and scatter it around to change our thinking. These emotions are then able to change our outlook on life. Suddenly all looks and feels like doom and gloom. In reality the Son is still shinning. Our brains MUST take charge.

So what do you do when your emotions try to short-circuit your brain? Share with me!

I almost forgot…I received my first published article (in Stepping Stones) in the mail yesterday! WOO HOO! Thank You God!