Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
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God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.
them. Others of us have been delightfully chosen to provide the comic relief necessary to keep this world entertained. And to keep future therapists in business. I know this story sounds funny now, but at the time it was yet one more thing that excluded me from belonging to the good mom club. My internal good mom/bad mom dialogue tormented me: Good moms grow sea monkeys. Bad moms grow nasty flies. Wait! Good moms don’t even buy sea monkey kits at a book sale. Bad moms struggle to tell their
emotions without stuffing and exploding, as we did in the preceding chapters, is crucial. But there’s yet another layer we must add before we move on. It’s perspective. Perspective calls forth a gentleness I can’t seem to find any other way. And lately I’ve had this Bible verse chasing me around: “Let your gentleness be evident to all” (Philippians 4:5). I’ve run across this verse in so many unexpected places that I know it’s something God wants me to pay attention to. Why? Let’s just say, when
a woman I met that day named Janice. Janice listened to our promises that the people at the Dream Center could help her detox, give her a safe place to stay, and get her back on her feet. And I thought she truly believed us. We helped Janice into the rescue van, drove away from Skid Row, checked her into the rehab floor at the Dream Center, and left feeling relieved and full of hope for her. We were so happy she was willing to get help. The next day, we were working in a different part of Los
freedom, a beautiful house … the list lengthens. We long for “it” and the deep satisfaction surely found in getting “it.” And when others around us get “it,” we pretend we are happy for them. We make the good girl in us act happy. Maybe part of us is sincere. Maybe not. But in the quiet of the bathroom, the gnawing becomes a splitting plow. Oh, how it digs and cuts and unearths the inside of us. The “J” Word I don’t struggle with jealousy often. But when it does sneak into my heart,
me get this straight. It was approved at the store just five minutes ago when I made a major purchase. But now for a little two-dollar bundle of egg, cheese, Canadian bacon, and English muffin, suddenly I’m not approved? Not approved. Not approved. Ouch. My sister wasn’t fazed a bit. She whipped out cash, paid for my breakfast, and we headed to the next store on our list. But those words, “not approved,” hung like a black cloud over my head. It bothered the stink out of me. I knew it was just