Thursday, July 3, 2008

Key #3 – Restrain Yourself

It's very hard to think clearly and walk carefully when we allow our thoughts and emotions to 'jump on their horses and ride off in all directions at once!' Jeff and I learned from past experiences that snap decisions and instant emotional reactions accomplish very little and are usually regrettable, having done more damage than good.

Calling names or hurling insults in your 'emotional crisis' will do nothing but...

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Rebekah said...

This is VERY KEY in many areas of life! Adopt restraint whenever your emotions take over in any area!

I had the privilege of witnessing Jeff and Diane walk through this challenging season with their children. I live with the Nelsons. Many times, I wanted to give their children a piece of my mind. It hurt me to watch them hurt their mother so deeply. However, as I watched Jeff and Diane handle each situation, I thought that only wisdom and experience could give them such a gentle patience with one challenge after another. What I saw in the hearts of these parents during this difficult time has been permanently imprinted on my heart. I will never be the same again.

Thank you, Jeff and Diane, for showing us all what it is to walk in the Spirit through a heart-breaking season.

Diane said...

Thank you, Rebekah. Its been an awesome season of watching the effectiveness of the love and truth of God working simultaneously. I am extremely grateful to God for His being there with us all the way. ALL OF HIS PROMISES ARE TRUE! ! !