Saturday, October 24, 2015

How emotions are unpredictable, but we don't have to ride their roller coaster

Like the Dew or Frost
By Jodie Wolfe

"May their land be blessed by the Lord
    with the precious gift of dew from the heavens
    and water from beneath the earth."
Deuteronomy 33:13 (NLT)

Feelings are like frost or dew. Fleeting. Dependent on circumstances or situations. Not reliable or
predictable. Always changing.

In order to have frost cover the lawn, it has to be cold outside. There must be enough moisture content in the air as well to produce the frozen wonderland. If it's too warm it will create dew instead. Not enough moisture in the atmosphere and neither will occur.

Emotions too are unpredictable. We can be soaring on the mountain tops when all is going well and dive to the depths of the valley when something unexpected happens like a disappointment or rejection. A hurt. A sudden death or unanticipated job loss. But it doesn't have to be something major to make our emotions or feelings roil. Sometimes it's something minor that sets us off.

I'm thankful we don't have to live in the roller coasters of our feelings and emotions. In fact, I believe Satan desires to keep us in the unsettledness of our reactions. As Christians we can choose a different path.

·         We choose love.
·         We choose joy.
·         We choose peace.
·         We choose patience.
·         We choose kindness.
·         We choose goodness.
·         We choose faithfulness.
·         We choose gentleness.
·         We choose self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

The list could go on and on of the attributes. The important key is our choices. Our decisions. Our obedience.

Will you choose this day and everyday to make decisions based on the promises we have in God's Word instead of your own fleeting emotions? (Philippians 4:8) I love that even when I fail and make a wrong response I don't have to camp there. God forgives me and makes all things new. Let's choose to be more like Him.

Jodie got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Jodie is a columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine and had a devotion featured on Christian Devotions. She achieved semi-finalist status in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest and 3rd place in the 2015 Novel Beginnings at St. David's Christian Writer's Conference. Jodie is represented by Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. You can learn more about her here: Jodie's Website.