Guest Post ~ Rachel ~ Joyful Creations

Hello, everyone!!  I am so super excited to be over here today.  Thank you, Gayle, for giving me this amazing opportunity!!!   For the rest of you, don’t forget to check out her guest post on my blog about how to be a good friend.

I’ll begin by introducing myself.  My name is Rachel, and I blog over at Joyful Creations.  My aim is to inspire teen girls like me to live for God and make a difference in the world.  I love to write, run and swim, and I have a giant sweet tooth.  Anyhow, Gayle sent me some great questions to help you get to know me (and to be fair, please comment below so can get to know you!)

Question #1: Do you prefer coffee or tea?

Okay, it’s confession time… I’ve never had coffee.  I know, it’s sad, but I do love the smell of it!!  I really like chai tea (the sweet kind 😊), and hot chocolate sounds great right now.

Question #2: What are three things that bring you joy?

Oooh, good question!  I’ll try to go simple.

1) I like it when my alarm clock goes off, and it’s actually Saturday morning.  I’m always happy to jump back in bed.

 2) I have an unusual habit.  I have around 5 penpals, and we write back and forth consistently.  It’s so much fun to get a letter in the mail, and it brings a smile to my face!

3) Wow.  This is hard.  I have too many favorite things!  I love laughing with my friends and having deep discussions with them about God and politics. 😊

Question #3: What is the most impactful ‘no’ you’ve said lately?

Today, I started saying ‘no’ to looking in the mirror so much.  I’ve realized I’m too concerned with how I look, and that jealousy creeps up on me and my friendships too easily.  Instead of wasting time posing and trying out a million different outfits, I want to use that time wisely and to God’s glory instead.

Question #4: Is there anything that God has been laying on your heart recently or anything you’ve felt called to do that I can pray over with you?

Thank you, Gayle!  That means a lot!!  Spring track is about to start, and I’m about to be presented with a flood of opportunities for evangelism and spreading God’s good news.  Would you pray for those opportunities to come and for me to have the boldness to share the gospel when I get the chance?  Thanks again!

Alright, I hope you know me better now!  That was fun!  Without further ado, let’s get to my guest post😊.

Have you ever changed your emotions by doing something?  Or have you ever done something because of the way you felt?

If you’re like me, you can relate more with the second question.  If you’re mad, you give the silent treatment.  If you’re grumpy, you snap at your siblings.  If you’re sad, you get annoyed at practically anything and everything.

Emotions often seem extremely powerful, and I usually don’t have the motivation to resist them. Some emotions are good, but some tempt us to sin or are rooted in a selfish desire.  For example, have you ever woken up grumpy?  Worse, does it feel good to be grumpy?  Even if there is no reason to be upset, the fact that we feel a certain way often rules our actions.

We fuss at our siblings, and we complain to our parents.  Our attitudes hurt others and ourselves, but we still hold on to them.

Today, I want to invite you to join me as I choose to submit my emotions to God.

Submitting Our Emotions

When we give our lives to Christ, we give Him everything.  When we give Him everything, He then gets the last word, and He becomes the one who directs our lives.  Some of us, however, let our emotions rule our actions.  We need to ask who or what we listen to the most.  Do we follow our emotions before God, or do we follow God even when we don’t feel like it?

When we submit our emotions to God, we commit to saying “yes” to Him even if our emotions say “no”.  When we submit our emotions to God, our emotions will be more powerful and useful than before.  If we give our emotions to God, He will use them for His glory.  Sadness can bring us closer to Him, anger can be used as energy to do good, and restlessness can be used to motivate us to serve.  Our emotions have a purpose, but in order for them to fulfill that purpose, we must hand them over to the One who created our feelings.  Since God created our emotions, He knows their purpose in our lives, and He can give us the truth to resist even the strongest of our wrong emotions.

When we find ourselves up against emotions that tempt us to sin, we cannot defeat them.  We can only submit our emotions to God with His help.  He will be faithful to provide a “way of escape” out of every temptation.

1 Corinthians 10:13 

13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

One of the ways God helps us resist temptation is with His Word.  If we memorize the Bible, God will bring the right verses to mind when we need them most.  Here’s where you can start:

–          When you feel depressed, remember that

Psalm 56:8 

You number my wanderings;

Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in your book?

–          When you feel alone, remember

Psalm 139:7 

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

(implied: “nowhere”!)

–          When you feel like you cannot control your anger, remember

Proverbs 19:11 

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.

–          When you feel worthless, remember

Psalm 139:14

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

He will be faithful to help us to submit our emotions to Him by giving us the strength to say “yes” to Him even if our emotions say “no”.  When we hold onto our emotions, we often feel as though everything is temporary and changing.  On the other hand, when we hold onto God and give Him our lives, we can rest in His unchanging grace and strength.

Gayle here, and all I have to say is wow. Beautiful words, Rachel! I’ve already told you a thousand times, but thank you again for doing this wonderful collab with me. I’ve been just excited about your post as mine and I have to say you’ve absolutely nailed it. I hope to do more with you in the future, friend!

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