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Using Scripture to Replace Negative Feelings with God’s Truth
I have a lot of FEELINGS when it comes to being a wife. I basically run on full emotion—ask me how I’m doing, and I’ll tell you how I FEEL.
I am very in touch with me FEELINGS…just ask my husband! Hah!
Feelings aren’t bad—that’s not what I’m saying. I am just trying to make a conscious effort to sit in my ‘feelings’ bubble less often.
I would like to find my worth and my value in Truth.
Truth is a lot less fleeting than emotions.
I don’t think this is just a wife-problem…I think it’s a human-problem.
I live in a house full of boys who mostly run on sweat and logic—neither one of these things I’m familiar with. Feeling like nobody ‘gets’ you is a very isolating place to be, It leads to hurt feelings and misunderstandings and even further down the line—loneliness and depression.
And because my relationship with my husband is the most important one I have (aside from God, obviously) I’m starting there. Replacing FEELINGS with TRUTH—straight from God’s Word. I also think that if I start with my most important relationship, the effects will filter down into every other relationship in my life.
To Be Clear…
I’m not saying that having negative feelings is a bad thing–in fact, I think they are a good indicator of what’s in your heart. But for me—it’s too easy to use a negative feeling as an excuse to have a negative attitude.
I get stuck inside the bad feeling—and I just kind of sit there.
I would MUCH rather get absorbed by God’s Truth and what He has to say about me.
Where to Begin
I have no perfect formula or fix-it-fast kind of solution.
I am just going to work on praying on and memorizing God’s promises.
I have talked before about how and why I circle scripture in my Bible (and what a blessing that has been in my life), and so that’s what I’m doing with these verses.
Read, pray, circle, memorize, and repeat.
I started making a list of some of the negative feelings I have experienced in marriage. And you guys—the list was long! So long, in fact, that I am going to make this a 2 or 3 part post so I don’t overwhelm you.
Ok—let’s do this!
8 Scriptures Every Wife Needs to Circle in Her Bible:
When you feel jealous:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
When you feel guilty:
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
When you feel bitter:
1 Samuel 30:6
“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
When you feel anxious:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
When you feel heartbroken:
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.”
When you feel lonely:
“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”
When you feel powerless:
“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God, I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”
When you feel overwhelmed:
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”