Ooh, emotions; not a conversation many want to talk or even think about and intellect, that can also be a tricky subject! (Excuse the pun!)
But today, were going to talk about both of these and their role in how we can be practising soulcare.
Why do we want to care for our souls again? Because of the longer lasting experience of peace and contentment through and with our Lord and saviour. For more on why, revisit #2 in the series.
Emotions and intellect
Our emotions consist of our feelings and passions. They generally occur in response to a particular person, situation or circumstance. We experience emotions all throughout the day and can potentially be ever changing which can become draining.
Well what if i say, life doesn’t have to be like that?
How would you respond? Do you think that is actually possible? Do you want to know more?
Ecclesiastes 3:4-6 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away
There is a time for all these emotions, after all God made us human.
He also wants us to learn how and when to use these and give them to Him to carry for you at the end of that time. Our emotions aren’t to take over and become our lives. He wants to become our lives.
What we need to do is let Him.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Here is where our intellect (mind & thoughts) come in. We can read His word and hear what God has to say to us for our wisdom.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
So, we can use His word for our wisdom and intellect and learn how to use and deal with our emotions. And by doing this we are taking care of our souls.
So, notice how you are feeling, you don’t have to or shouldn’t ignore these. Just notice them. Ask yourself these following questions:
Use these prompts, write them down, either by regular journalling, or answer them out loud. Then pray; ask God to take them from you. Imagine each of your feelings, thoughts and passions as rocks or boulders that you are carrying then imagine Jesus walking/ standing next to you and as you pray hand each of these rocks over to Him one by one. Notice how your arms and shoulders get lighter as you pass each of them over to Him. Don’t forget to end the prayer by thanking Him for taking these off of you.
We’re not meant to carry these on our own. So, let Him help you by taking them out of your hands.
If they appear in your arms again, which they might do, just repeat the process; handing them over to Him one by one.
(Do you want to know more on how to work through your emotions, thoughts & behaviours and how to hand them over to God, focus on Him instead and improve resilience?
If so, check out Christian based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Next week we’ll be talking about Self & Spirit, the impact of these on our souls and how to be aware of and take care of both.
Comment below on your thoughts on this, how you get on or anything else you might do that can help others.