A True Friend

So today was unexpectedly topsy-turvy. I was feeling pretty conflicted about a troubling situation, and then really didn’t know what to do about it. I read my Bible and prayed about it, but couldn’t arrive at any sort of peace-restoring resolution.

Finally, I reached out to a trusted friend and asked for his input. I’m so glad that I did! He listen to me go over the different issues, and then thoughtfully offered some feedback that was extremely helpful.

I then was able to address the situation from a more nuanced perspective. After my emotional response of died down a bit, I found that I was able to articulate the concerns I had to the person with whom I had the issue, and the matter got resolved satisfactorily. 

In fact, I learned that one of the assumptions that I had made about the other person was quite incorrect! It’s amazing to me (not in a good way! :o) how my emotions can escalate when I least expect them to, and the crazy conclusions that I sometimes draw when I allow my my feelings to lead me.

Thank God for wise friends!

Dear God, thank You for allowing me to calm down following the situation that cropped up so unexpectedly today. In fact, I’m grateful that I was able to enjoy my “go-slow day” yesterday ā€“ I can’t even begin to imagine how much more amped up I might’ve felt today, had I not had the opportunity to fully rest on Sunday.

I also want to thank You for providing Your wise and just-in-time counsel through my trusted friend. Thank You for the discernment that You gave to him, and for the help it provided to satisfactorily resolve the issues I was facing.

Please help me to remember that my feelings should be indicators, and not guides! It’s remarkable to me how quickly my peace of mind vaporizes when I let my emotions run the show! I humbly ask for Your forgiveness in this area. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

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