Emotions are a normal part of life. As human beings, each of us has a full range of emotions - love, happiness, joy, delight, peace, disappointment, loss, grief, doubt, compassion, guilt, sadness, depression, jealousy, anger, bitterness and many others. Whether positive or negative, emotions can be powerful; even overwhelming at times. I know from experience. I am an emotional, sentimental person and I no longer feel the need to apologize for that. I learned the hard way that suppressing that is denying a part of who I am. Learning to experience those emotions without seeing it as a sign of weakness is a testament to being human. Learning to manage them is a sign of maturity.
When emotions aren't processed in healthy ways it cause one to become stuck/stagnant, locked into an unhealthy mindset and the ability to process things becomes imbalanced. Due to a series of events that caused my emotions to take a downward spiral, instead of running to the One that could help me to manage them, I ran away from Him because the pain of experiencing them became unbearable. I reacted horribly, engaging in self-destructive behavior (not to others - only to myself). Help comes when we surrender our feelings/emotions to the One (The Lord) who has the power to balance them. Prayer is essential to managing emotions. It brings about transformation. II Corinthians 10:5 tells us to 'take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ". I thank God for my friends and loved ones who prayed for me when I wasn't able to pray for myself.
My daily prayer: Lord, help me to be a woman of discernment, so that in everything that comes my way I will have the grace to think and act with a godly attitude. Help me to be balanced and healthy in my emotions. Help me to know Your will and have a mind that's renewed.
Scripture Reference: Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.