I was listening to my feelings and began getting more discouraged and sad…even mad as I kept feeding on how I wish it would be different and how much longer would it take and why was I dealt this hand and so forth. Easy to get caught up in the realm of your emotions but the truth is that feelings are sketchy and are not reality. I can "feel" hopeless but that doesn't mean I am. So recently, I have been doing something that is helping me stay out of the rut of sadness, discouragement, or even depression. It's call STOP. STOP stand a for the following:
S – Stop what your doing
T – Take 2 deep breaths
O – Observe (I choose to observe Isaiah 41:10 "fear not, be not dismayed, I am your God. I will help you. I will strengthen you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"
P – Proceed. If I sense I can move forward I do; if not, I go back to Take a deep breath.

Just a little nugget I learned for a dear friend in the faith and it works for me. But here is the reality. Look at scripture. It's even a better reminder of something similar.

1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

Peter is very clear. Our faith in Christ…what's He has done, is doing, is going to do has a far greater impact in your now moment. In other words FAITH TRUMPS FEELINGS every time!

Jesus said it this way in John 16.

This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also similar. When I see you again, you'll be full of joy, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you.

NEW LIFE WIPES OUT PRESENT PAIN. It's a JOY no one can ROB from you! YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT UP IN ORDER TO LOSE IT.

Is this an easy way to live…as politely as I can, "hell no" but it's a HOLY way to live!

AREN'T YOU TIRED OF ALLOWING A THIEF TO COME IN TO ROB YOU OF YOUR JOY? The thief usually comes through the medium of those you love the most and that's unfortunate, just ask Jesus and you will see this truth. It won't be any different with you so here's my final thought.

YOUR SADNESS IS NEVER AN EXCUSE! Life in Christ …FAITH TRUMPS FEELINGS!

Trust Him,