Preaching AT Your Feelings

“For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20

“Everyone either has a problem, is a problem or lives with a problem.” Sam Shoemaker

Sigh… I don’t know about you, but when I have bad feelings about a person, situation or even myself, I tend to try and “positive think” my way to feeling better. That’ll fix me, the other or the situation! NOT! Do you feel grateful all the time? Do you feel belonging all the time? Do you feel joy all the time? Do you struggle with grief? Do you struggle with fear? So many feelings and not all feel good. Today, I’m struggling with Good Enough because I have a tendency to compare my work, walk, circumstances with others. Guess what? I always lose when I compare.

Speaking of losing… When I compare myself to my Savior, I lose. God is greater than my heart. He knows everything. These feelings are to be laid out before my Father. I get to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NKJV


There is help when I’m frustrated with my feelings or any other trouble. He knows all about me anyway, so I’m laying it all out. Not for my Father’s benefit, but for mine. I obtain help, wisdom and grace from the greatest Counselor, instead of fighting the feelings.


Thank you, Father, for even my feelings of fear, judgment, anxiety, failure and many more. My feelings are a clue to what needs attention. You accept me, like the hymn, Just as I Am. Even celebrities like Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, even Air Supply sung these words:

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fighting within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

I come.


Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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