First Tuesday MANAGING YOUR MOODS Session #1 A Bundle of Emotions We all feel such a wide range of emotions. As you begin this study, which of your moods and emotions most trouble you? Lucy Swindoll: If I choose to live out of my emotions, no telling what might happen or where I might go to salve my depression, dissatisfaction, or discouragement. Feelings fluctuate with the day, the wind, my hormones, circumstances, and human relationships. But because God told me he doesn’t change, I can choose to believe him no matter how I feel. When we start talking about moods and emotions, we must begin with the heart. I guess you could say it’s the heart of the matter! We call it the seat of our ...view middle of the document...
Whew!!! How about a hearty Amen to that! (JT: I don’t think they missed much!) 1. The Scriptures are filled with descriptions of our hearts. Have you ever noticed how many amazing adjectives are used to describe it – for good or for bad? Take a few moments to match the passages with the words it use to describe the attitudes found in our hearts. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Psalm 112:7 Psalm 119: 80 Psalm 119: 161 Psalm 131:1 Proverbs 14:14 Proverbs 16:5 Proverbs 17:22 Luke 8:15 a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. standing in awe merry blameless backslidden steadfast haughty or humble noble and good proud
2. The Bible talks a lot about the heart, and the emotions tangled up within it. God knows we all have our ups and downs. What would cause us to have so many ups and downs?
How much control of our own plans do we have according to Proverbs 16:9?
How should we react to that Proverb?
3. The Psalms are wonderful for giving us glimpses into the inner turmoil of the heart which we experience in our moods. In Psalm 25:16-17, what does David say about his troubles?
Do life’s problems always seem to go from bad to worse?
If God is to keep our moods on an even course, what must we do according to Psalm 66:18?
We are moody people, as changeable as the weather. But, because we’re all so experienced in emotions, we know how to spot them. We can read faces. We can interpret body language. Usually, the attitude of our heart and the mood we are in come across loud and clear. Folks notice. Whether we realize it or not, we are being defined by the emotion we display most consistently. We make reference to a mood when we describe people to each other. For example: She strikes me as a very nervous person. She’s the clingy type. What a whiner. Well, you know how possessive she is. She’s a cold fish. She’s so upbeat. Such a worrier. High-strung. Snob. Such a sweetheart. Always so bubbly. We also notice changes in mood. For example: What’s gotten into her? I wonder what’s wrong with her today? Though we might try to hide our inner turmoil, our emotions and moods leak out when we’re with other people.
4. How do our emotions leak out with other people?
5. Our moods can affect us physically. How does David’s distress...