The past few weeks I have been struggling with, repenting over, and even enjoying some victories in an important area of my life. This is an area that I believe most people, especially women, struggle with from time to time. Can you guess what it is?
What first time mother, with a six-month-old, and a busy husband, and new home, isn’t an emotional wreck? I know I could easily excuse my emotional mood swings, and my tendency to go from joy-filled to morose in a matter of minutes, but I’m so done with making excuses for myself.
The truth is that I want to be freed from being controlled by my emotions. I want to think before I speak, and consider what I am feeling and the validity of my change in mood. I want to have a renewed and restored mind, a sense of peace, even when things don’t go right all the time. The best part is that I know it is possible to be victorious over my emotions.
Here are some examples of situations where my emotions can take a turn for the worse.
>> The baby is screaming, and the husband is not home from work yet, and I accidentally burned our dinner.
>> I’m at the mall and decide to separate from Daniel to do our own shopping. Only, I realize later that I’ve forgotten my cell and now I can’t find him.
>> I’ve had a great day, but it’s 10:00 at night and I’m exhausted and the baby just won’t sleep.
Some practical ways that I overcome my emotional mood swings are:
>> take a deep and “cleansing” breath
>> Pray and surrender to the Lord the emotions that are challenging me. Repent if you need to.
>> Be practical. What do I need to do to fix this? Is the dinner burned? What can I do to salvage it or make something quick instead? Can we just give ourselves grace and grab some fast food, or is that a bad habit we need to break?
>> If someone that you trust is around, talk through your emotions. Share that you’re struggling with suddenly feeling a bit low, and share specifically why.
>> Take a moment and either say aloud, write down, or simply think of a couple things you are grateful for. Try to focus on things you’re thankful for that happened that day specifically.
>> Ask yourself if your negative emotions are truly valid. Sometimes things happen that SHOULD grieve us. Give yourself time to feel and process these emotions. However, a lot of the time these negative emotions are rooted in ungratefulness and selfishness. If that’s the case, work through that instead.
Do you struggle with controlling your emotions? What do you do to avoid being Moody Judy?