It’s hard to believe that we only have a few more chapters in our Summer Online Bible Study of Lies Women Believe. This week we’re talking about chapter 8 – Lies Women Believe about Emotions. If you missed a week or a handout, you can get all of them here.
Download the handout here –>Lies Women Believe About Emotions Chapter 8 Handout
One morning I backed out of my driveway heading to work. I live in a suburbanite neighborhood with cookie-cutter houses practically stacked on top of each other, so before backing out I looked both ways and looked again to make sure no cars were coming.
As I put the car into drive and moved forward, I glanced in my rear-view mirror and there was a car right on my tail. I couldn’t even see its headlights. Only three seconds before there were no cars on the road, and now, like a bat out of you-know-where as some would say, there she was acting as if I pulled out in front of her.
We drove down the road, her pretending I was her tow truck, until we got to a wider part of the road. Suddenly, I pulled my car over to the right to let her pass. She almost hit me, swerved, and parked right next to my left side. We both rolled down our windows and started barking, I mean yelling, at each other!
Yelling as fast as we could, neither one of us knew what the other was saying. Then, we rolled up our windows, and she took off. It was over.
This was so out of character for me that I kept asking myself, “Did that really just happen? Was that really me?” I couldn’t believe I became that angry at something so trivial.
Now the story seems kind-of funny, but it wasn’t funny at the time, and I’m sure it wasn’t funny to God. I allowed my emotions to become more important than my testimony, and I even found myself justifying them. Later that day I felt ashamed, but I was also concerned that my emotions could explode that quickly.
The truth is that morning I had a heart issue – not a traffic issue. On page 198 Nancy Leigh DeMoss quotes, “We must recognize that our emotions are only the servants of our will.” My will was to get my point across to the woman driving that car. At that time, that’s all that mattered.
This week we’re talking about four lies that women believe concerning their emotions:
- If I feel something, it must be true.
- I can’t control my emotions.
- I can’t help how I respond when my hormones are out of whack. (It’s understandable to act like a shrew at certain times.)
- The answer to depression must first be sought in medication and/or psychotherapy.
Which of these lies do you struggle with most? Leave me a comment!