EmotionsNew Every Morning | February 2, 2021
We are made in the image of God (see Genesis 1:26-27); therefore, God must have emotions and has designed us with the capacity to have and feel them as well. That was new to me . . . the idea that God created us with the capacity to feel things like anger, resentment, contempt, disgust, or bitterness. The question is what we do with those emotions. While indulging and wallowing in them is detrimental, another option is that they have something to teach us.
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
What are you feeling right now? What might those emotions teach you? Join the conversation.
Be angry without sinning. Don’t let the sun set on your anger.
—Ephesians 4:26 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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I’m feeling a blend of problem solved, progress made, and not quite there yet. Have a new phone, have it charging up and will be able then to learn how to use it. With it I hope to resolve an email return address problem and work on accessing needed information. to be able to help someone.
My next model is underway. A good Bible study this morning with discussions of our favorite Bible verses read from different Bible translations. SNOW! Yes, finally a real snow storm, hopeful it will improve the ski – snow shoe possibilities. Prayers that the needs of those hurting the most during this pandemic will be met, that you are all safe, medical and well-being issues are being taken care of. Most important, NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM THE LOVE OF GOD. Thank You, Lord.
Of all things my spiritual director aided me with, this specific area was probably the most impactful. To go ahead and experience what I am feeling, as opposed to shutting it off. To take time to say – “of course I feel this way”…and then to take that to God and sit there with Him for a spell. To not rush through it, to not deny it, but to address it, even claim it – momentarily – and to ask Him what can be learned and how to move forward in a way which honors Him. This is hard heart work – but the benefits are beyond words…for me – it provide much space for His peace.
What I am feeling right now is a second day of positivity – feeling good about how classes went, even though I still struggle to engage students in giving me feedback. I can absolutely tell that some of my students are working hard. I am also making serious progress on preparation for next week and it is only Tuesday afternoon. AND – the sunshine has been brilliant all day!
Reservations have been made for spring break – my sister and her husband will join dad and I on the gulf coast of Florida. Dad will go down 2 weeks early and then I will arrive and we will head to the beach. That, too, is an encouragement to me – knowing that there will be a change of scenery – and what a mighty fine change it will be.
I pray Julie and Megan are safe. Her absence here is noticeable. Father – we entrust her into Your care.