Posts Tagged ‘emotion’

A strange phrase isn’t it, so what does it mean?

It means you are very open about your emotions. Imagine in your mind’s eye the heart, the source of all your feelings and emotions, being worn on the sleeve, your deepest inner feelings displayed outside you for all to see.

Does that description send a shiver down your spine, or just make you think, “yeah ok”?

For me it’s definitely the former, as I am not someone who ever likes to let people see my deepest emotions, it makes me feel very vulnerable, and that’s not something I’m comfortable with.

Are you happy wearing your heart on your sleeve?

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Many people find it much easier to put up walls to keep their feelings/emotions and difficulties to themselves, and in doing this they keep others from seeing or knowing how they really feel.

For those who feel alone or no-one cares about them, they may even subconsciously build up walls to hide their feelings/emotions, just to test and see if anyone cares enough about them to try to break though their wall.

Even if you build walls to keep your deeps feelings to yourself, God will break down those walls because He always care more than just enough about you!

 

Music has the ability to lift our spirits and bring us closer to God, but is it just the music that touches our hearts or is there more to it than that?

musicYou can get the best musicians in the world to play a piece of music which means nothing to them and they’ll play it note perfect, but will it convey the story and the message behind the music?

Sometimes it might, but I’d suggest that when playing christian music, the true message behind the music will cannot truly be conveyed by the musicians unless they themselves have a real relationship with God. Only then can the full message and the emotions related to God’s sacrifice and love for us, really be portrayed by the musician.

Music is simply a series notes which together can evoke images and emotions held deep within us. When it is music that’s been inspired by God, it can stir our hearts and bring us closer to God. So listen to God’s music, but open your heart, and let God stir your emotions.

In the last few week I’ve found myself listening to the song Through It All – The music and words always evoke huge emotion for me, as God always seems so close to me when I hear it:

Though the future seems uncertain

Though the fear erodes my peace

Though the circumstance seems hopeless

And the doubting will not cease

I will claim what He has promised

For my heart must recognise

Mine is not to question

But keep focused on the prize.

 

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour

Through it all I claim Christ as my friend

Through it all my faith will never waver

Till He calls me home or comes again

 

This path now set before me

Is not my route of choice

Yet I must keep moving forward

Listening to His still small voice

This step along this journey

He reminds me I’m His own

And through the cold dark loneliness

I’m aware I’m not alone

 

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour

Through it all I claim Christ as my friend

Through it all my faith will never waver

Till He calls me home or comes again

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Make your own music

As I said in #44 in this series, music is a powerful thing that can have a tremendous effect upon both our spirit and our heart, bringing healing, peace, inspiration, joy and hope but it can also make us feel sad and emotional, and I encouraged you to listen to your favourite music.

But today my suggestion is still about music, but this time I’m going to suggest you make your own music – Whether you’re a singer, played a musical instrument many years ago but not played in a while, or always wanted to learn to play an instrument, it’s time to take action today and just do it! Join a choir, start refresher music lessons, book a teacher to start you on your journey of making music.

Music is an art like no other as it helps give expression to the deep emotions that we may be feeling but are unable to vocalise or express in any other way. So take up that art by making your own music as again, I can assure you that in doing so it will brighten your day.

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What is prayer?

Does it just consist of you repeating the same words and sentences each time you pray, or do you let the words come from deep within your heart, so that you can speak to God about the things only you and Him know about?

Prayer is about more than words, it’s about our deepest feelings and emotions, our cares and concerns, our loves and our hates, and the things we’re grateful for and the things we wish for for our friends and our world. Prayer is about all these feelings and thoughts but more than that it’s the basis of our relationship with God, so ultimately prayer is about so much more than words.

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Listen to your favourite music

Music is a powerful thing as it can have a tremendous effect upon both our spirit and our heart, bringing healing, peace, inspiration, joy and hope but it can also make us feel sad and emotional.

I find it quite amazing and inspiring that from just a few notes, we can go from one end of the emotional spectrum through music. I guess for each of us, the music that takes us to those opposite ends of the emotional spectrum can be very personal to us, and probably also depends on how we are feeling at the time we are listening to the music as well.

So what music lifts your spirit and inspires you to face the day and all the challenges hat may bring? Whatever music that is, I urge you to listen to that music each morning as it will set you up for the day and hopefully make your day that little bit brighter.

Music-brightens your day

 

Restoration

Posted: November 3, 2015 in depression, friendship, life, quotes, stress
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Spending time with good friends restores the soul, renews your energy and refills your emotional tank. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Sometimes all we need to lift our spirits is just to spent some quality time with good friends. Just by spending time with friends can help us put our worries and stresses to the back of our mind for a short time, and focus on others and remember good times or look forward to future events.

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or know me personally, you’ll know that music has always been a huge part of my life, both in terms of my personal life and in terms of how I express my Christian faith. That’s why when I came across the following picture recently it caught my attention, simply because I can be at my most emotional when I’m listening to music, and I know that this happens for the reasons stated in this picture!

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So enjoy listening to music, and let it help remind you of lovely people and beautiful events, and if that means you shed a tear for those who are no longer part of your life, so be it.

 

Emotions are a strange thing aren’t they, as one minute we can be completely in control of them and the next we can be struggling to keep our emotions under control. Some find it easy to keep their emotions under control while others are experts at “putting on a public face” so no-one knows just how emotional they feel.

Ever wondered why we cry? Well, I came across the following quote recently which I think is as good an answer to that question as any I’ve heard:

God gave us crying so other folks could see when we needed help, and help us ~ Joshilyn Jackson

So whether you keep your emotions to yourself, or whether your emotions take your over, remember that when you cry it’s God’s way of telling you that you are in need of help from those around you, your friends, your family, and your church family.

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Nourish your soul with music

Music has always been a huge part of my life, so it’s no surprise that no matter what kind of day I’m having, or what sort of mood I’m in, I can always find some music which lifts my mood or touches my emotions. There are specific songs which I turn to when I’m at my lowest, and while they don’t necessarily brighten my day, they certainly reassure me.

If you are interested in some of this music, I did a series of blog posts a few years ago called Musical Emotions so have a look for these – These blog posts may be a few years old now, and I may have a few new songs/pieces of music that I could add to my list of favourites, but they are all still favourites.

So why not make a playlist of songs/music that you know will brighten any of your days, then listen to it whenever you’re in need of a lift.

Here’s another chance to here one of my favourites, Somebody Prayed For Me performed by Celebr8: