If you can answer “yes” to either question below it might be time to examine your emotions and the power they hold in your life.
- Are you wearied by difficult emotions?
- Do you struggle regularly with anxiety, insecurity, discouragement, or any other difficult feeling?
Journey Support for Faith-Based-Emotional-Sobriety is a ministry that zeros in on the influences emotions can have on the mind. Exploring why we are having certain emotions is key. Stuffing our hiding our emotions causes guilt and shame.
Journey Support draws from the book Blue Skies: Beyond The Dark Clouds Of Broken Thinking. Blue Skies uncovers what the bible has to say about the subject of emotions. Sobriety does not mean suppressing or denying emotions, but rather, identifying underlying emotions and examining them as data. Considering our emotions in light of our faith causes a realignment, away from destructive reactions. Seeking a Higher Power and entering into ongoing accountability creates a support group the setting with the sole focus on encouraging one another on our spiritual journeys in the area of Faith-Based-Emotional-Sobriety.
Faith-based emotional sobriety does not mean suppressing or denying emotions. It does mean, however, not giving our emotions authority to create destructive space in our minds. With God’s help our emotions (chaotic or otherwise) can be the data we explore. Not only to 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.