Wednesday, March 4, 2015

So the past few days I have been a total woman. By that I mean I have been super emotional and sensitive to everything. It has been cold and grey outside and I have been stuck in the house just in a slump. My poor husband has been so loving, gentle, and gracious even though I am getting on my own nerves! I decided last night to change my attitude and mind set and it worked. What the... That was it? Change my mindset and my whole attitude will follow? Of course I thought up a whole blog post about this so grab a coffee and enjoy...

Emotions- a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships

So first of all emotions are natural and we can't avoid them. What gets me about that definition is what the emotions derive from, our circumstances. I hear on a daily basis about how my fellow women deal with emotions. For example some can justify their disrespect towards their husband or their blatant rudeness by saying "I just got off my period". Or even more common, in a large group of women there is always one who is catty and later says it was because her kids were naughty or her job is rough. For me personally I get super down when the weather is bad, I'm serious. 
Now I know these are all natural emotions and it sometimes seems like we have no control over them but from my personal experience I would have to deny that claim. I know I know, it is science and proven that hormones are to blame. Ladies, I would have to argue that by saying hormones are not our God. That's a little too spiritual I'm sure but what does the bible say about emotions?

"16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do...22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control..." Galatians 5:16-17, 22-23

Now if this is true it means we should respond in a manner that shows love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. I believe when I am experiencing the fullness of God by remaining in His word and in fellowship with Him, my response to emotions and hormones is not one I will regret. What flows from my emotions is compassion and love for others, not rudeness and cattiness. 

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

"Better to be patient than powerful;
    better to have self-control than to conquer a city." Proverbs 16:32

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Now there are countless verses that remind and urge us to live in a way that pleases God and show love. There are also a ton of verses that call us to be a people of self-control and patience. I believe God gives us ladies a way out of the trap of emotions and hormones. He doesn't tell us to forsake them and pretend they are not there, heck He created us! What I do believe is God is pleased when our emotions are controlled by His Spirit and not our flesh. Our hearts can break for the things that break God's rather than breaking because we feel fat. Our sensitivity can be displayed when we see how broken our world is instead of our husbands forgetting to say I love you today. We can please God when we show that He is always in control and the things that come from us are really pouring forth from His Spirit. This blog is specifically for me today as I seek God on ridding myself of this slump but I pray it can touch your hearts as well. 
Let us be a people who believe God is greater than our hormonal flesh and joy is always a option. 

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