Faith-based emotional sobriety does not mean suppressing or denying emotions. It does mean, however, not giving emotions authority to provoke destructive reactions. With God’s help our emotions (chaotic or otherwise) can be the data we explore, not only understand ourselves better, but to reason through in an effort to make informed and healthy responses. Contact us for more information.
12 Step Guideline For FBES:
1. We admit our emotions can become unmanageable.
- As humans we have a tendency to put on a front when it comes to difficult emotions. This hinders our ability to understand the role our emotions play in healthy mental processing. Admitting our struggle opens the door to the journey of healing.
2. We turn to a Higher Source to restore or repair damaged or inflated emotions.
- We often try and manage our emotional struggles on our own only to find our efforts continually defeated.
3. We are willing to take a serious inventory of our emotional state of mind.
- As humans we have a propensity to avoid looking at the root issues of our emotional struggles. We default into inhibitory emotions such as anxiety and shame which keep us from exploring deeper core emotions that may need attending to.
4. We are willing to hold ourselves lovingly accountable in a safe environment.
- Because hiding emotional struggles come naturally, it takes effort and commitment to enter into accountability. We welcome and encourage talking openly about emotions, both positive and negative, to better navigate towards healing.
5. We seek to understand the role of the mind when it comes to our emotions.
- Our emotional struggles often go deeper than we realize being traced back to influence of the mind.
6. We seek to understand to role of emotions when it come to our minds.
- Our thinking and perspectives naturally effect our emotions.
7. We commit our minds to explore truth in order to redefine our perspectives.
- Truth reshapes our minds, which helps to reshape our emotions.
8. We commit to the practice of quieting our mind and stilling our emotions in order to hear from God.
- We set aside regular time for meditation with God, knowing that it is in relationship with Him (not rules or theology) that divine healing flourishes.
9. We learn to accept the things we cannot change or don’t have answers for.
- So much of life’s unanswered difficulties plague our minds and emotions. We seek to discover the difference between the things we can and cannot change.
10. We learn to pause, rather than react, in order to explore our emotions as valuable data.
- We recognize our emotions as important information which we can lay-out before the Lord for direction, as well as, to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves.
11. We commit to seeking an other-worldly view of things.
- God’s kingdom perspective is lovely and shockingly refreshing. His light illuminates a healing view.
12. We commit to responding from a deepening relationship with God rather than acting independently.
- We recognize that God desires enter into our trials and emotions with us. Knowing that we live in a broken world that includes emotional and mental breakdown God sent His Son who He calls, for our benefit, Wonderful Counselor.