Spewing my emotions out of my mouth relieves the pressure cooker that is my brain/heart combo. What I've been thinking about lately is the productivity of this practice. When, where, and with whom does word vomit result in healing, solutions, and constructive take-aways? To whom do we entrust out emotional overflow? (I just used "whom" correctly. I'm a legit grown up today.)
Pray it out. "What? That's not what praying is, and totally not how you're supposed to pray." Says who? Churches? Other humans? I have facts that say that's exactly part of what prayer is. Prayer is not a scripted, religious practice. It's real time communication with an unconditionally loving being who WANTS to participate in your life. Which includes word vomit.
In the ACTUAL Bible there are loads of people who are in the middle of the worst day ever, and they're NOT happy about it. They're like, "HEY GOD, THIS IS STUPID AND I'M MAD ABOUT IT." David, Saul, Solomon, Job all did this, and if they can so can we. God responded to them with love, patience, and care, and so will he with us.
"Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." Job 7:11
What these people didn't do was assimilate the yuck feels as their identity. They didn't latch onto those feelings for the rest of their lives. (This is a condition called "misery".) They cried out, "I'M SO BROKEN PLEASE FIX THIS," and then had FAITH that their situations would be healed. That their hearts would be mended. That the amazing promises of blessing were coming. (Blessing means "empowered to thrive".)
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:12
You're hurt, you're disappointed, you're angry: pray it out. Tell God. Because he's bigger than our emotions. He can handle it! And please remember that we don't have to have our metaphorical make-up on to look good for God. He's SO STOKED on us when we pursue relationship with him, and just like all relationships that means communicating! And we're women. We're good at this part. So TELL HIM ABOUT EVERYTHING.
"Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
You don't believe in Jesus? You can still pray it out because 1) he believes in you, and 2) because the power of words are real and if you put it out there asking for the support you're gonna get a response. It's the laws of physics and energy.
"The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." Psalm 145:18
Write it, speak it, think it, text it, emoji it, whatever you need to do. Pour it out. Express your emotions, tell the creator your feels, and lay it all down so you don't have to walk around with it. Listen for a response. Have faith* that because you are LOVED there is nothing to fear which means you WILL be taken care of.
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." 1 John 4:18
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