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How to Feel what You’re Supposed to Feel

It’s feelings that so often lead to action, rather than thought.

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It’d be better if it was thought because often our brain, our logic is more on point than our heart and our emotions. We know in our head God is trustworthy and we shouldn’t worry, but our heart is overcome with anxiety and so we speak and act from anxiety rather than trust.

“The heart is deceitful above all things”. – Jeremiah 17:9

I don’t think this verse is saying the heart is bad or wrong, it’s just not always on track with the truth. And that’s where the danger lies. When our heart believes a lie, like the ones our enemy is constantly telling us, our heart can become deceived.  And a deceived heart is a dangerous one.

I know because mine has been deceived often. Even now my heart struggles to trust God’s timing, to believe He’s made me beautiful, to know anything is possible with Him.

So how do we get our hearts to feel what they’re “supposed” to feel? To feel what a heart feels when it truly believes the truth?

We start with our thoughts. I have a pretty print from Naptime Diaries sitting right beside my computer screen with the words from Philippians 4:8. It reads:

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

The key to getting our heart right is in this verse, yet this verse doesn’t talk about our heart. It talks about our mind.

The place to start is in our thoughts.

“You can’t stop a bird from flying over our heads, but you can stop it from making a nest in our hair.”

Those darn nasty-thought birds, they’re gonna keep flying by, trying to mess with your heart, but we don’t have to let them take up residence, poop all over the place, and weave a mess of lies.

You and I have the power to choose what we think about. I know, it’s hard for some of us wild-thinkers to believe, but it’s true. And it’s important.

Because what we behold we become.  If we think on truth, our hearts will begin to feel truth and our lives will be lived/decisions will be made, based on truth.

So if you’re heart has been unruly lately, don’t condemn it. Don’t try and force it into line. Instead, begin to fill your mind with the truth of God’s word and allow that truth to seep into your heart, changing it gently.

Pretty soon you’ll be feeling what you want to feel and living the way you hope to live.

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