Updated: Feb 7, 2022
Inspired by Jasmine Sullivan's "pick up your feelings."
Truth be told God most likely told you no before you actually accepted God's NO! Now here you are trying to "pick up our feelings." Don't worry, we've all been there. While Jasmine is referring to a man coming to pick up his feelings after she's fed up with his antics, let's discuss the recovery and healing needed to pick yourself (men & women) up and move forward.
Here are 5 bible based reminders for moving forward, "When God says, No!"
Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts. Our plans are not God’s plans. But trust, God’s thoughts and plans are greater! Whenever I think of this scripture I always think about Joseph in the book of Genesis. I can relate because one of the ways God speaks to me is through dreams. Joseph had a dream in which he saw himself as a king. When Joseph shared this with his brothers, they first set out to kill him, but later decided that was a bit too ratchet and instead sold him into slavery. Through his journey from the Ishmaelites to Potiphar in Egypt, God was with him. When Potiphar's wife accused Joseph of rape and Potiphar sent Joseph to prison, God was with him. Joseph could have excused his dreams, unpacked and lived in feelings and thoughts of "I am a slave, an accused rapist, and a prisoner," but he instead operated in excellence even in the lowest of places. In the end Joseph reigned over all of Egypt, including his brothers, which was God's greater plan. God's no isn't always denial, but sometimes a delay. Don't allow your circumstance to define who you are.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Get up and eat! Not just literal food but feed yourself spiritually too. Spiritual fullness is necessary for recovery and healing. Get in the word, go to church, and move forward. Get your hair + nails done, get a massage, get in the gym, take yourself out, and do whatever else makes you feel good. You don’t have to look like what you’re going through love + when you look good you feel good😉. I know it's hard to get up when you're battling depression. I've been there. One of the things I focused on that helped a lot was creating a morning routine. My routine included listening to Gospel music, reading my devotionals, journaling, and sticking to my skincare and fitness regimen. I developed my own personal style during that time period and let me tell you, I felt damn good! I can't really explain it in words but I've learned that our beauty is a gift from God that God wants us to embrace. (more to come on this in a later blog entry)
The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”
1 KINGS 19:7
Feel what you feel, but don’t unpack & live there. This is major key!(DJ Khaled voice)
Love, you are not your feelings, and feelings aren't facts. Now that's FACTS! Focus on the facts so you don't get swallowed whole by your feelings. You were created by God, fearfully and wonderfully made. Live like you know it!
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
You are never too far gone to call on Jesus. Jesus is Lord and Savior. Alpha & Omega! Beginning & the end!
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Stay in prayer and in the word. Put on the full armor of God because you’re going to make the enemy mad love😉🤎
WAKE PRAY SLAY REPEAT
When people see you surviving and wonder how, make sure you let them know, JESUS...the LOVEWAY!
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