Verse of the day...

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Take out your emotional trash...........

Do you empty your emotional trash can every evening ... or do you let it build up until it gets so heavy and sour that you have an emotional breakdown?
Satan loves it when you let things build up. Every day that you let your emotional trash can fill are days that satan is collecting it all to use against you. You eventually cant take it anymore.. the trash can is full.. there isnt any room for one more thing to fit... it becomes too heavy to carry... you explode.. have a breakdown... lose your temper.... lose control / focus.
Your emotional trash can is there for a reason...... to throw away things of satan...... anger... envy... shame..... regret... resentment... and so on. As humans we use this trash can everyday! Days of self pity... we don't like the way we look. Days of worry and doubt.... bills are do and we worry if there will be enough money to pay them. Days of thanklessness.... we whine about what we don't have instead of being grateful for all we DO have.... etc.
Okay... so you've had these things and more go on through your day............ you've tossed them in your emotional trash can all day long.... your day has come to a close... you're winding down... getting ready for bed... put the cat out... shut off all the tv's and lights... lock the door... and then what.......... lay in bed and wallow in the trash.... ? or maybe you just go straight to sleep just stuffing the trash down deep. Bad idea! Take out that trash... get it out of your house.. out of your head.. out of your heart You need to empty the trash can every evening. Thats where you give it all to God. He wants to much for your to unload your day on Him... good and bad. This does two things.... clears your slate for a new day tomorrow and puts you spending time with your Father which you should be doing!
So now you sit thinking.... oh... I'm so tired at night.. I don't think about....... or 'I dont have time' or I'm not good at spending time with God'
Why do we make this so difficult? Why do we put some sort of made up pressure on ourselves and others?
Go get a very small trash can... a bucket.. maybe just a bag... put it by your bed. Now .. get a tablet and pen. Now... tonight... after letting out the cat.. shutting off the lights... locking the doors... sit for just a few minutes and simply write on a sheet of paper all the emotional trash you carried all day (boss was unfair at work... guy in traffic was rude... wife was cranky... husband is distant... kids were disobedient .... your hair didn't work the way you wanted... you put on weight and dont like the way you look... someone said something that hurt your feelings... someone hasnt spoke to you and hurt your feelings...and so on)... toss it in that trash can. Then tell God ... thank you for loving me.. thank you for tending to my needs.. and thank you for taking out my trash... I love you... Amen and good night. Hmmm ? Sounds pretty easy. No wallowing in your day... no self pity... no begging. Now be careful... you may find yourself spending a bit more time in prayer.... maybe praying for a friend or family member.... maybe praying over those issues you tossed.. as in asking for help in direction of how to handle them if they come up again... uhoh... you're spending time with God. Feels Good .......... doesn't it! Feels GREAT! What a relief... what a great night sleep you'll get... what a new outlook you'll have on the next day.
Once you throw that emotional trash in the (garbage) trash can... you cant dig them back out. They are Gods to deal with now. You move on to the next day.
God loves you so much.......... you're His child.

have a wonderful day!!! & blessings,

**Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
~ 1 Peter 5:7**


Sweet Mama Jones said...

Wow, I SO needed to read that! What a blessing your post is. :)

Kelly A said...

I too needed to read this, sooo many times I attend my own pity party that is serving "trash"
Keep on preaching!!!

Cyn said...


Diane said...

This may well be one area of my life I am almost an expert in! I tell my troubles to the Lord several times a day. I unburden on Him because I simply cannot carry the load on my own. There is so much I need to learn about the Lord and about being an effective servant, but this is one area I've learned a hard fought battle with. I praise the Lord that He dealt with me about it and helped me find His will for dealing with my emotions. Of course, there are a few women who might disagree with my thought here as they are often my 'unburdening buddies'!!!! Great post, Tammy.

Many hugs.........


xXcatalopeXx said...

Very good points!

teakaycee said...

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God Bless you ladies.
hugs and love to you all!