Are you an emotional yo-yo like me? Always up and down in your emotional state. Do you feel unable to control your emotions?
I don’t like being so easily moved by my feelings. I used to see my emotionality as a curse. I also used to think that being sad or discouraged was a sin.
But my Lord showed me that was wrong thinking! It’s what I do with that emotion that determines whether I displease the Lord or not.
We can’t change what we feel, but we can change what we do.
Once I understood this key I got excited! It propelled me to further investigate the principles of managing and controlling my emotions in a God-honoring way. Oh the secrets I have learned! My emotional shackles have been cut. And I must pass these freeing truths onto you.
Here’s an example of my success of having joy despite the presence of pain.
Now just because I have had significant victory in Christ over my emotions, doesn’t mean I think I’ve arrived. I’ll always be an emotional yo-yo—that is my makeup. But although I may have occasional visits of negative feelings, I’ve learned not to live in that state of mind anymore. And so can you!
Want to learn how to control your emotions?
STEP 1. Get the QuickStart Guide to Managing Your Emotions
STEP 2. Read these articles I've written about controlling your emotions
- I’ll Always Be an Emotional YOYO and How I Deal with It
- Help for Us Emotional Yoyos: 7 Keys to Victory
- Feeling Lonely? 8 Tips in Overcoming Loneliness
- A Sure Fire Way to Get Out of the Doldrums
- 7 Tips to Help You Refocus During a Meltdown
- Dealing with pain series
- Laying Down Our Feelings Produces BETTER Feelings
- I’m Leaving This Pity-Party! (allegory)
STEP 3. Meditate on God's Word. Here is a list of Scriptures on managing emotions to get you started.
STEP 4. Attend one of my Managing Emotions Seminars or Workshops
“Since taking this workshop and applying the things I learned I am more aware of my emotional state and able to nip them in the bud before I overreact…. I certainly got my money’s worth!” ~Dawn R.
STEP 5. Be on guard. The evil one wants you to sin when feelings are strong; he doesn't want you to know how to use your emotions to bring God glory.
Additionally, there's a lot of false quotes out there. Go to this page to debunk some of them: Control Your Emotions Quotes: True or False—or Nonsense?
You don’t have to be controlled by your emotions!
I use these principles every day of my life. They work because they are based on the true Word of God! You can succeed, just as I have in increasing measure. Take it from this wacky emotional yo-yo!