Dismantling the Land Mines

Job 20:2 My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer
because I am greatly disturbed.
Ps 13:2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Ps 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Ps 55:2 My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught

Ignoring our emotions and thoughts just postpones the inevitable. They will rise again, they will surface, only at a date and time not of our own choosing. The big question is, will we hold on to, avoid, or go through and release these thoughts and emotions?

Most of us are afraid that actually experiencing those emotions and thoughts will be so excruciating that we will die. There are actually parts of us that try to scare ourselves into NOT reviewing those things, because they think we will be overwhelmed by them. But here is the illogic of it.

We have all experienced painful emotions and thoughts – and LIVED TO TELL THE TALE. Whatever it is, we CAN face it, it WON’T kill us, and we will be healthier for exorcising them from our life. We can release all that is killing us with stress by simply feeling the emotions and paying attention to our thoughts. The more you drill down into what you are thinking and why, you can actually dig up false beliefs you have lived with and correct them and move forward.

If your thoughts and emotions trouble you, DISMANTLE THEM. Find specifics about them and make them a research project. Instead of detonating like land mines, they will instead reveal to you how they work, giving you the authority to rewire them so they work for you instead of against you.

1. What emotions or thoughts do you believe you are avoiding?

2. Why?

3. What would happen if you let yourself think about them?