Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Merry Christmas

Here is the Christmas card for 2 Peas in a Palette. Feel honored that you are among the first group of individuals to see this! An early "Merry Christmas" to you all! Also- take this as a partial advertisement- if you know of anyone who needs a Christmas card designer- pass the word along! Thanks!

Moving on to non-holiday items...

I forget if I mentioned this in a recent previous post or not... but even if I have, I'm going to say it again.

I recently came across a quote that said, "Our emotions are only servants of our will..." and the advice to that is, "Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

I had to sit and think about that one for awhile, but once it forumlated in my mind, it became the most powerful quote linked with advice that I have received in a long time.

It is SO true. As a girl :-) I have learned that my emotions and feelings are very inaccurate. That is why my trust most always be in Christ. Because often, even when it is, my feelings can become so overpowering and intense that I allow myself to believe my emotions. Some people are amazing at separating out feelings from rationality, but I am not one of those people. I am just glad that I am to the point in my life where I realize that what I feel is not always what IS.


Because... going back to the quote... our emotions are only servants of our WILL. We allow emotions to be there by feeding them with deceptions, opinions, and thoughts... and once they have resided in our mind for awhile, they become a truth to us. Thus- intense emotions that are often false.

Our downfall is letting OUR will decide instead of giving it to God's will right off the bat. I have recently learned that. Things go a lot smoother when we say, "Ok, God- this upcoming situation looks like it has potential to envoke emotions that are SERVANTS OF MY WILL- so please, take it. Take it all RIGHT NOW before I have a chance to THINK about it any more."

That way- we have surrendered OUR WILL over to God before we have a chance to form servants out of our emotions!

I do believe that sometimes, God allows us to "feel" a certain way for a reason. If we have surrendered our way to Him, we should be able to recognize when the Lord's power is at work.

Does that make sense? What are your feelings and emotions on that? *wink wink*

Anyway... I am forced to end this post. I am SO hungry right now and a bowl of cereal is in order.

I love you all!



Heather said...

2 Peas- I LOVE the mailer!! It is adorable!! If I could afford you, I def would hire the two of you!!

T- Great post! "Our emotions are only servants of our will..." HOW TRUE! 2 Corinthians 10:5 has been a very powerful verse to me!
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" We have to consciously bring EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ!!

Thanks for the great reminder!!

jOeL said...

That is some deep stuff. Good thoughts. I linked to your blog through Spud(love that guy) Do you by any chance have a sister named Meg?

krisT said...

That's the cutest picture I've ever seen! Well, it's one of the cutest I've seen.

Thank you so much for your post. We girls can become pretty emotional at times and it's hard to say "God, take this problem, burden, etc. and just do with it what your will is." I don't know how many times I catch myself trying to figure out situations and then I get even more emotional. I know God has a plan all laid out for me and I need to 100% trust Him and not second guess Him.
Thanks again Taryn!

raincaller said...

Good thoughts T. Remember if our will is surrendered to God's and we are feeding, channeling our thoughts into God's ways, then our emotions will be in line with what is true. In those cases emotions provide a secondary and necessary witness, a wisper, of God's PLEASURE in us.

jOeL said...

Where is the pumpking capital of the world? Sounds exciting

taryn said...

Morton. It's only the best place ever. We even have a Pumpkin Festival every year.