A Gift From God

A GiftFrom God

This past month there has been a whirlwind of emotions for me.  Even as I was writing to encourage myself and you as readers about what God has to say about them, I struggled to not let them overcome me.

But in this struggle, there was God.  And my relationship with Him continued to grow.

In the month of April we’ve discussed many emotions: Joy, Anger, Guilt, Fear, Sadness, Gratitude, Anxiety and Apathy. While there are so many more to cover, I believe that through reading God’s word we have discovered a common theme.

Our emotions were given as a gift from God to help us draw near to Him.

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When we are sad, we can run to God’s open arms.  When we are full of joy, we can celebrate with our Father in Heaven who is rejoicing with us.  When we have a grateful heart, the Lord celebrates the work in our life.  When we are angry, we know we need to go to lean on God to help us change our hearts.  And when we aren’t feeling a thing, we can rest assured that God is there for us and will never leave, so we should never leave Him.

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” James 4:8a (NLT).

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God loves us so much, He wants us to experience a wonderful relationship with Him full of closeness and trust.  All we need to do is accept His free gift of love and salvation in Christ Jesus.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, thank You for loving us so much you want a deep relationship with us.  Thank you for always drawing us near to You and for always being there waiting.  Please help us not be overcome by our emotions and fully rely on Your strength.  Amen.

Discussion: What emotion is your least favorite and why?

This was the final installment in the series for April, Evolving Emotionally.  Starting in May we will begin a new series entitled Rewriting Relationships.  Join us on Tuesdays, Thursdays and come back for extras on Saturdays – as we dig in to relationships.  If you enjoyed this post, I would be so honored to have you subscribe via email.

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Chelsey

 

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  1. Meg Weyerbacher

    My least favorite emotion is sadness. I love being happy. I even have to pray for help from God when it comes to being a friend whom someone can lean on when they are going through a hard time. They may be crying, and I used to want to fix it. But years have taught me people need an ear, and it is okay to share tears {the Word says to} and not have the “solution.” And when it comes to my own issues, I wish I could fast forward through the trials that make me sad, but I can’t. And it is in these times I can look back and see God was working even when it didn’t feel like it.

    Thanks for sharing this, Chelsey! It is beautiful!

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    • Chelsey Coffey

      Thank you for sharing, Meg. I, too, struggle with wanting to fix everything and am STILL learning just to listen. I agree about the fast forwarding bit too… I wish I had a remote! But God wants us to grow through our trials. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a blessed weekend Meg!

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  2. Christina Hubbard

    Hi, Chelsey, my least fave is anxiety. I can relate to the overwhelming too.I love that verse. Actually, every morning I’ve started with the simple statement. “God loves me.” It amazes me every morning still. Thank you for doing such a great series. Stay faithful to where He’s leasding you, friend.

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