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“What if, sometimes, there be mists and fogs so thick that I cannot see the path? It is enough that You hold my hand, and guide me in the darkness; for walking with You in the gloom is far sweeter and safer than walking alone in the sunlight!” -Susannah Spurgeon
Part of fulfilling my job as a nanny includes filling these little hearts and minds with books, songs, stories, and words that drive their thoughts, hearts, and affections to the only righteous One. Here are some of my recommendations for doing so. (Link in bio.)
Lilli was praying while coloring earlier and said, “God, I love You when You’re the same and I still love You when You’re not the same.” • This echoes a lot of conversations we have on a daily basis, conversations of how she is loved regardless of her actions and how we “love you when you listen and we love you don’t.” • “Hey, Lilli, want to hear some amazing news?” • She always does. • “God never changes,” I tell her. “He’s always the same.” • “Wow.” • “How does that make you feel?” • She smiled so big. “It makes me feel really happy.” • “Why would that make you happy?” • “Because I love Him and I want Him to come everywhere with me and if He never changes it means He is always with me.” • She’s three years old. • Solid theology is a comfort for every age. Praise God for His immutability.
“Are you not willing to pass through every ordeal if by any means you may save some?” -Charles Spurgeon

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Monday Morning No. 160 – Stop Letting Feelings Dictate Your Life

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The following quote has popped up twice in the last week and each time its truth has had the same powerful effect on this reader.

In C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters (which I highly recommend—so insightful), the senior devil, Screwtape, warns his nephew (a junior devil) of the danger of a Christian’s obedience to God despite his or her feelings on the matter.

“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause [the Devil’s cause] is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy’s will [God’s will], looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” – C. S. Lewis

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Another few quotes on the subject are from Paul Miller’s A Loving Life (which is currently wrecking my world):

“Because our culture makes feeling happy the goal, when our feelings are negative, when we experience the cost of love, we think that something has gone wrong, that we’re not being true to ourselves.”

“Our ‘in tune with my feelngs’ era believes that to be true to myself, to be authentic, means I need to act on my feelings. But the opposite is true. In fact, true authenticity means I maintain a trust through thick and thin. To obey when I don’t feel like it means I will feel dislocated. That frees me because it allows me to do good no matter what my internal spirit is doing. When that happens, I am on my way to maturity, to becoming a seasoned pilgrim of love.”

“The modern quest for authenticity has become twisted into a quest to have our will and our emotions in sync. This faux authenticity is just a fancy version of the sixties slogan, ‘If it feels good, do it.’ So the celebration of being ‘true to yourself’ means acting on your feelings. ‘I’m not in love with my spouse anymore, so I’m going to leave.’ This off-repeated formula, the logic behind many broken covenants, equates love with feeling happy. The result? We are dominated by the tyranny of our ever-changing feelings. We don’t endure. … Our culture has created an idol out of feelings and become enslaved to them.”

“That is why endurance is the heartbeat of hesed love. And the nature of endurance is hanging in there in opposition to your feelings. The question is not ‘How do I feel about this relationship?’ but ‘Have I been faithful to my word, to the covenants I am in?'”

2 comments on “Monday Morning No. 160 – Stop Letting Feelings Dictate Your Life

  1. Madi says:

    Love this book, Sophie! It really opened my eyes towards how loving God looks like being faithful and obedient even if our outside world doesn’t line up.

    1. A Loving Life? Oh my word, yes! It is wrecking me (in the best way possible). I’m so grateful.

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