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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

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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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