Share your feelings

I have a horrible habit that I’ve been trying to overcome. I am the type of person that likes to shut off my feelings to those around me that care about me. If you’re anything like me I don’t want to be perceived as weak. So if I’m sharing my feelings with someone especially feelings of sadness, remorse, anger, or confusion sometimes I feel as though I’m not the strong man that my body says I am. I can’t tell you how many times someone has walked up to me and asked me how I am that day and I bold face lied to them telling them that I’m good or great when inside I’m suffering. I’m not saying that we should go out and share our intimate feelings with everyone who tries to speak with us. I am saying that we do need to get these feelings out and spoken of so they don’t Fester inside our minds. The devil loves it when we are not in communication with our Christian brothers and sisters or our good friends or our pastors or anyone who may be a mentor to us. The human mind was only meant to hold so much and to carry so many burdens before we just implode. How many of you will be confused about something or sad over something and we don’t speak of it and it keeps building up and building up till finally, it’s affecting our work ethic or friendships or relationships and slowly but surely day by day other things are added to that turmoil. This is one of those times where our mind just breaks and says I’ve had enough. I thank God every day that I have an awesome spouse and great friends that will pry things out of me even if I don’t want to talk about them. They know when I am distraught or saddened or full of anger and they will keep pressing until I finally tell them. Once that release finally comes through your lips it’s like a flood we’re leaving you of all the stress you’ve been binding in yourself. And with the help of these true friends, we can get through these situations because we know that these friends are working through God. Every friend that I have, I believe was given to me by God. They have intervened in every aspect of my life to make my life better. And when I prayed to God about a situation he places that friend in my path who will help me through or tell me something that God wanted me to hear. If you were struggling with anything today I asked that you just fold your hands and pray to ask God for help. Open your mouth to a friend that you trust to get those feelings out and in the open so the devil has no foothold over you. Please join me in prayer. Dear heavenly father, we suffer from situations in our life that we won’t speak of. Help us to open up and talk about these things so they don’t damage our walk with you. Thank you for always being with us, in us, and around us. In Jesus’ precious name amen.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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