Controlling Emotions—So They Don't Control You
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The main theme of this book is that although feelings can be very strong and demanding, we do not have to let them rule our lives. We can learn to manage our emotions rather than allowing them to manage us. This has been one of the most important biblical truths I have learned in my journey with God. It has also been one that has allowed me to consistently enjoy my life. If we have to wait to see how we feel before we know if we can enjoy the day, then we are giving feelings control over us. But thankfully we have free will and can make decisions that are not based on feelings. If we are willing to make right choices regardless of how we feel, God will always be faithful to give us the strength to do so.
Living the good life that God has made ready for us is based on our being obedient to His way of being and doing. He gives us the strength to do what is right, but we are the ones who must choose it…God won't do it for us. He helps us, but we must participate by choosing right over wrong. We can feel wrong and still choose to do what is right. Nobody can consistently enjoy life until they are willing to do that. For example, I may feel like shutting someone out of my life because they have hurt my feelings or treated me unfairly, but I can choose to pray for them and treat them as Jesus would while I am waiting for Him to vindicate me. If I act according to my feelings, I will do the wrong thing and forfeit peace and joy. But if I choose to do what God has instructed me to do in His Word, I will have God's reward in my life.
Feelings in and of themselves are neither good nor evil. They are just unstable and must be managed. They can be enjoyable and wonderful, but they can also make us miserable and drive us to make choices we eventually regret. Unbridled emotions might be compared to a small child who wants to have and do everything, but does not understand the danger some of those things present. The parent must control the child, or he will surely hurt himself and others. We must parent our emotions. We must train them to serve us so we don't become their slave.
If you are ready to master your emotions, this book is for you.
This is an excerpt from LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Reprinted by permission of FaithWords. All rights reserved.
Living Beyond Your Feelings could be one of the most important books you’ll ever read. In it, Joyce Meyer, author of many bestsellers, including Battlefield of the Mind, helps us understand the many feelings we all experience. She examines how our brain processes and stores thoughts and memories—and then, emotion by emotion, explains how we can manage our responses to those emotions. By doing that, Joyce gives us practical ways for effectively managing the feelings that can destroy our relationships and wreak havoc on our lives.
The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, many of these thoughts triggering a corresponding emotion. No wonder we often feel like we’re controlled by our emotions—Living Beyond Your Feelings shows you how you can control them. Blending biblical wisdom and her own personal anecdotes with the latest psychological research, Joyce discusses the impact of stress, anger, sadness, grief and guilt on our physical and emotional health—and the benefits of happiness.
With Living Beyond Your Feelings, you’ll have a practical, life-changing “toolbox” for choosing to do what’s right no matter how you feel and make the decisions that will release God’s best into your life.
Hardcover Book : 288 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( September 06, 2011 )
Item #: 13-447801
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.625inches
Product Weight: 11.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I own & have read many of Joyce's books. She is an amazing woman. Her books are easy to read & down-to-earth to understand. Joyce has helped me with my walk ......
I love Joyce Meyer. I've been reading her books for years. I watch her on television ,also. I like the way she shares her personal experiences with her audience. She knows how to grab your attention. I am grateful to God for her.
Reviewer: faith w
Hello Joyce,I watch your program all of the time.Wondering how I will get to come to one of your semanars.I am looking forward to recieving your books.The first time I heard of you I was inspired by your book Women to women.This is truly a Five star rating.I pray only that God our father will let us see and meet one another,amen.Thanks Joyce for being part of my life.
Reviewer: Laurie M
As only Joyce can do it...powerful words, ever so true...
Reviewer: Hope Y