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Topic: Feel (emotions) (08/26/10)
TITLE: My Shakers Are Full
By PamFord Davis
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I have grumbled to the Lord about my emotional makeup. If only I did not hurt so deeply or become so depressed following major disappointments… Why can’t I shrug off mistakes, expressing “It’s no big deal”? Okay, is it a crime? I am an emotional female.
If emotions are the salt and pepper of life, my shakers must be full. Food is bland, lacks appeal, and satisfies less when spices are absent from recipes. I don’t appreciate the many benefits of a dash of salt unless it is restricted from my diet. What would I be like if God removed my emotions?
The bottom line is I want to pick-and-choose, keeping all of the feel good variety and discarding those that make me uncomfortable. Thinking as one of my rational folk I would have to declare that an impossibility. I could not truly experience the heights of joy unless I ascended from the valley of sadness.
How could I feel my burden of guilt lifted through forgiveness without first sensing the weight I carried? Our world is composed of opposites: sweet and bitter, hot and cold, up and down, high and low, happy and sad, fulfillment and disappointment…
My logical side is pretty convincing. God knows best. I may not be doing back flips, but I thank Him for making me a highly emotional being. Without emotions, I could not feel the acceptance of His lavish love.
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