September 10, 2011

Living beyond your feelings by Joyce Meyer

Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don't Control YouIs your day determined by how you feel when you wake up in the morning?  In Joyce Meyer’s new book, she encourages people to not let feelings determine if it will be a good day or a bad day. Talking about how you feel increases the intensity of those feelings.  Very simply, speak negative things and you’ll feel worse.  Talk positively and you’ll feel better.  Although it’s okay to talk with others about our concerns, nothing good comes from constantly complaining.

Meyer also warns people against allowing feelings to influence behavior.  Wise choices can be difficult to make at times, especially when we are stressed or angry, but thinking long-term and looking at our desired outcome will help us do the right thing.  Don’t get caught up in how you feel in the moment. Think before doing or speaking.  In other words, don’t let your feelings have a vote!  

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, there is wisdom in the author’s words that benefit everyone.  We live in a culture where emphasis is placed on our outward appearance.  However, what really matters is what’s inside and we all need probably need to spend more time working that rather than being overly focused on outward appearances.  
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from FaithWords.

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