Have you ever had one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days? It seems like those are the times I feel defeated, broken, inadequate, disappointed in myself, and discouraged, and it’s so much easier for me to let my emotions take control of my actions.
My poor family gets to experience the brunt of these emotional outbursts because I try desperately to hold it in at work or in group settings. It doesn’t even matter what they do or say, but it seems I explode on the first person to say or do something that hits me the wrong way. Again I’ll say, “My poor family.”
This is something I’m working on, and it is definitely a baby-step work in progress.
Last Friday, I had one of those days. I honestly didn’t know what to do other than cry.
When I have days, or seasons, where things are just not going as planned, I find myself trying to use scripture to study whatever it is I’m going through.
Years ago, I had a very lengthy process to find scripture that speaks to me in those desperate times. If I had trouble with those feelings of defeat and inadequacy, I would look up anything I could in the Bible’s concordance regarding self-image, negative feelings about self, etc. Then, I would study all the scripture referenced and cross reference it with other scripture, and the process could drag on for days. I would usually get overwhelmed and give up after a while.
It wasn’t until a few years back that I realized there’s a much simpler way to dig into scripture during those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad moments in my life.
Just Google It!
It’s so easy to do this. Enter whatever topic you’re wanting to find scripture for. For example, I might enter, “Scripture when feeling defeated,” and get the following:
The first result gives a “dynamite” scripture to memorize and remember during moments where you’re feeling defeated. The scripture is:
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (NLT)
I encourage you to use this simple tool in times where you feel yourself coming “unglued” or needing encouragement for things you are facing. God wants to deliver all of us from the emotions that take control of our actions. He wants our words to glorify him, but if you’re like me, I can assure you your words do anything but glorify him in those raw emotional moments.
Have you ever Googled your problems to find scripture to help you through them? If not, try it this week. Write down the scriptures you find and place them somewhere you’ll see them regularly. I like to write scriptures and encouraging words on the bathroom mirror for myself and my family to see first thing in the morning.
This is a great addition to what we talked about last week with Praying Dangerously.