We tend to use our feelings as an excuse for not being responsible for our behavior. When we feel so lousy the last thing we feel like doing is speaking victory over our seemingly apparent defeat. BUT folks, if you want to elicit change, sometimes you've gotta fake it til' you make it!
FACT: Regardless of how you feel, your words will manifest into reality. Reread that a few times. No matter how you feel right now, you have a CHOICE. Your choice is in how you speak over your circumstance.
How do you use your words when your back's up against the wall? To speak defeat over your situation? Or to speak change over what you see? You always have a choice. Our knee jerk reaction is to act upon how we feel.
You know that saying, don't shoot the messenger? Well, that feeling you have is no more than a messenger. It is not your identity. The messenger has come to alert you to your thoughts. If you can go back to the thought that created that feeling, you can choose another thought. Once you choose a better feeling thought, you can then proclaim that message over your life. Thus moving forward instead of staying stuck.
Let's take the story of Horatio G. Spafford as an example:
On November 22, 1873, while crossing the Atlantic on the steamship, Ville du Havre, their vessel was struck by an iron sailing ship. Two hundred and twenty-six people lost their lives, as the Ville du Havre sank within only twelve minutes. All four of Horatio Spafford’s daughters perished, but remarkably his wife Anna Spafford survived the tragedy. When he was taken to the spot where his children had perished, it is said that Spafford returned to his cabin and wrote the now famous hymn “It is well with my soul." Of course he and his wife were both devastated, but they were determined to move forward and Anna went on to give birth to three more children.
In the midst of turmoil, we so desperately want an explanation of why, but often times there is none. The only choice we are left with is deciding how we react, how we process our feelings. We can either use the circumstance to define us or we can use the circumstance to speak faith over our lives.
Next time you have that feeling of defeat, use it to RE-mind you instead of to RE-act to by:
Acknowledging & honoring how you feel
Decide you do not want that feeling to become your identity
Bravely trace that feeling back to its thought
Decide you want to think a better feeling thought
Speak that new thought over your Circumstance
For Example - All is Well
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