August 4th, 2013
Find A Way To Express Your Feelings
Everyone needs a way to express their feelings, to let them out. There are different ways to do this, based on whether or not you have someone you trust and who cares to talk to and on what feelings you are letting out: grief, pain, anger (be careful not to let anger cause you to say or do something you will later regret), frustration, love, joy, thoughts or opinions on something, and so on. It is important to find a way to release your feelings because it is unhealthy to keep them bottled up inside. Left to fester, unexpressed feelings can lead to destructive behavior that could be prevented if you would have just found a way to express them and let them go, or let them out into the world.
When you are experiencing grief, pain, hurt, or any combination of these feelings, there are a couple of ways you can let these feelings out. One way is by talking to a loved one whom you trust and know who cares and allowing them to comfort you in your time of need. Another way, if you feel there is no one you can turn to at the time, is to write down your feelings in a private journal. A third way, which you should do whether or not you use either of the other suggestions, is to pray and talk to God about how you are feeling. God cares and it says in Psalms 34:18, “God is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” In Matthew 5, we see again that God cares when we are in pain because Jesus tells us in verse 4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” God’s word clearly tells us that he cares when we hurt and that he will heal us, which we find in Psalms 147:3: “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” When we release our hurt, pain, and all other negativity and our problems to God, we are letting him know we trust him to make things right in our world and to work things out in our favor and then God will be faithful to give you beauty for your ashes (Isaiah 61:3).
When you need to let your voice be heard on something you believe in, particularly when you see injustice being done, speak up. When you can do something about it, do it. One person, one voice, can make a difference. One person speaking up against something being done that is not right can lead to others who feel the same way also speaking up and then the action that needs to be taken to make a positive change can be done.
It is equally important to let out your feelings of love and joy or these emotions will be wasted and eventually lead to frustration because unexpressed love and joy can lead to you not feeling love or joy because you did not express it to others. And when you are in love with someone and you don’t tell them, the “what ifs” can drive you crazy, along with seeing them either with someone else, seeing them and not being able to express your love because they are unaware of how you feel, or not seeing them at all. When you are in love with someone, tell the person you’re in love with how you feel. The worst that can happen is they don’t feel the same way and then you can move on because your feelings have been expressed and you can begin the process of letting go. On the other hand, you may discover the person you’re in love with feels the same way and you two could be together and instead of frustration and pain at not being with them, you could give your love to them and receive their love for you and be happy. If you are unsure how to approach the person you are in love with, pray to God and ask for his guidance and he will place the right words in your heart and the right way to tell the person your feelings for them. Whenever you include God in your plans and in your actions, he is pleased by this and will never let you down when you need his help. God is our healer and our helper. He brings comfort and faithfully honors his promises to us. Through trials and tribulations, and through times of grief, lean on God in faith and trust and you will make it through the rough times and see better times, times that will be better than before the tragedy struck in your life or before the calamity or difficult situations occurred.