Tossed by the Wind

Detail of Shipping in Stormy Seas by Julius Porcellis 1610-1654 Oil on Canvas (1)
I have always been a passionate person.  Those things that I feel strongly about- I have a hard time discussing them without becoming animated in my whole person- gesticulating and voice rising in a torrent of zealous words.

One of the disadvantages to this tendency, however, is that my emotions sometimes have far too much say in my life. 

They ruin days when I cannot shake them, or drag me down by whispering repeated helplessness in my ear.

Feeling emotions deeply means that you get those high highs, but sometimes- and to the detriment of all those around me- I get some very low lows.

James 1:2-8 comes to mind often when I am feeling inconsistent in my emotional state- when I am allowing them to dictate too much in my life- and not persevering in faith and trust in God- letting His Words bring peace to the storm in my brain.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

I don’t want to be double-minded and unstable.  I am thankful for the passion God has given me for life and the calling He has placed on my life.  But sometimes, I need to choose another course to follow than the one my emotions are dictating to me.

I give them too much power and control- and they end up taking me places where I do and say things that I regret.

So, if you struggle with out-of-control emotions at times, know you are not alone- and I pray that today we will call out to God for help and use His Word to fight when those emotions try to push us around.

Stand firm– these verses came to me as I wrapped up this post- I pray that they encourage you.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58

57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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