Take Control of YOU – aka Self-control!

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Can you control your reaction to words, situations and others behavior, are you using self-control? A few years ago I conducted a study with one of my home bible study groups. Each participant was to check the changes in their emotions for at least 8 hours. They were to document what caused their emotional state to change.

  • Either in a positive way, for instance, from sad to happy.
  • In negative way such as from excited to angry or no change at all.
  • Some were totally surprised to see how drastically they changed including what or whom caused the change.

Are you aware of who or what can cause your emotions to change?

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News flash: According to Fox-Nation (FN)

“Praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and behaviour, according to a new study.”


For the born again believer this should come as no surprise or does it? One aspect of the indwelling Spirit of God is “self-control” so YOU have divine help. So is prayer the basis for this type of control or is it faith? This is not my spiritual page, which is Sound Truth Ministry, so I will not get too involved with the spiritual stuff here. I received guidance year’s ago by my wonderful God “I gave you self-control use it”.  We are not able to do it alone BUT with Jesus, “I CAN do all things…”, is it by prayer, faith or both?

English: Managing emotions - Identifying feelings

English: Managing emotions – Identifying feelings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Getting back to the FN study, really, they actually did a study to find what so many have practiced since, hmm let me think, FOREVER! I wonder how long it took them to draw this conclusion? People, has it diminished to this? I hope you are not confused by this. Do you study God’s word? Do you know the real answer to this?

OK, so some of us need “studies”, believe what particular people tell them, any form of reassurance…”different strokes for different folks”. LOL, I don’t ever remember saying that before but it seemed like the right quote to use. Do any of you have a scripture or two to help understand what God’s word says about this?

Taking control of your emotions can challenge you, easy for some and next to impossible for others, there is hope for all if we become aware of the cause / triggers (I have been through a few therapy sessions). Here’s a treat from Oprah.com’s O Magazine, “how to stop crying“.

Do you remember or have you ever heard this (OK I am showing my age with this one):

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Have you been able to actually make this come true? The truth is words, name calling and negative statements can have a devastating impact on us. Especially if we fail to learn how to control the way we react. I am not saying it is always easy, but it is possible. Dr. Jeremy Sherman, Psychology Today, states:

“You can jumpstart emotions, fake it ‘til you make it, behave differently, and people will respond differently.”

In what ways have you learned to control how and/or what people say or do affect you? Did this post/blog cause a change in your emotional state? I would love to hear from you, are you using self-control?

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