Is it okay to feel overwhelmed? To feel overworked, but still poor? To feel so tired your feet and back are sore? Do you wish you had someone to walk through it with you and hold your hand?
Can a Christian be mad? Regardless of it all, am I supposed to always be glad? Is it alright for people to do me wrong and sometimes I want to respond with a fight, or am I supposed to turn the other cheek and move on with my life?
Can a single Christian be lonely in the city? God is a constant sense of company, but is it wrong to want someone else to adore me? What if I lose the fight with these sexual desires called lust? If I act on these cravings, am I no longer worthy of God’s trust? If I give into sin is that the end?
Everything that I mentioned in the above passage has to do with emotions or physical actions. Does being a Christian make you no longer human? The answer is ‘no’. It is okay as to feel, even as a Christian. We attempt to mask our feelings behind a facade of Bible verses and silent curses. We want people to think that we are always trusting in the Lord and never have a fear; however, that is not my reality.
“Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down. My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.” (Psalm 55:1-5 NLT)
Even in the Bible there are many instances of feelings of hurt, sadness, anger, pain, lust, fear, and many others. However, God loved them all regardless of these things. It is okay to know that God will love you too regardless of your momentary downfalls.
I come before You asking You to give me control over my feelings and emotions. Please allow me to remember that it is okay to feel, but how I react on these emotions is the key. Give me the strength to be able to walk away from certain situations and help me to keep You at the forefront of my life. I pray for the ability to let go and know that when I feel overwhelmed You have my back! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to EMPOWER yourself! There will be days when you feel like you want to quit, but GOD will be your constant source of encouragement. I EMPOWER you to come to terms with your emotions and not try to hide them. Embrace your feelings, have a moment, then move on and put it behind you.
Have you too been overwhelmed by life and your emotions? What are some things and emotions you have to release into God’s hands today?
Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license. Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults. She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients. Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”