If you can answer “yes” to either question below it may 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 emotion?
Journey Support for Faith-Based-Emotional-Sobriety strives to bring greater understanding to the influence emotions can have on our minds.
Journey Support draws from the book Blue Skies: Beyond The Dark Clouds Of Broken Thinking.
Faith-based Emotional Sobriety does not mean suppressing or denying emotions. It does mean, however, learning to steward them well. For instance, not granting our emotions liberty or authority to create destructive space in our minds. With God’s help our emotions (chaotic or otherwise) can help us, not only to understand ourselves better, but learn how to make informed, healthy responses. The outline below is a preview of Faith-Based-Sobriety’s topics of online discussions. CONTACT US for more information.
***Due to Covid-19 we will be forming small online Zoom groups***
12 Step Guideline For FBES:
1. We face our difficult emotions.
- As humans we have a tendency to deny (or be unaware of the complexities) of our difficult emotions. This hinders our ability to understand the role our emotions play in healthy mental processing. Becoming aware opens the door to the journey of healing.
2. We are willing to be a part of an accountability/encouragement group in a safe positive environment.
- Because hiding emotional struggles come naturally, it takes effort and commitment to enter into accountability and encouragement. We welcome and encourage talking openly about emotions (both positive and negative) in an effort to navigate towards healing. Any feedback within the group requires permission first from the sharer. In other words, we can address a person who is sharing by saying, “May, I respond to your thoughts?”. A sharer can then decide they needed to share without feedback, or welcome response.
3. We seek God’s help in the repairing or healing process of damaged, inflated, or misdirected emotions.
- We often try and manage our emotional struggles on our own only to find our efforts continually defeated.
4. We are willing to take inventory of where difficult emotions may be stemming from.
- As humans we have a propensity to miss (or avoid) looking at the root issues of our emotional struggles. We naturally default emotions such as anxiety and shame which keep us from exploring deeper core emotions that may need attending to.
5. 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. (resisting self-condemnation is key)
6. We seek to understand the role of emotions when it come to our minds.
- Our thinking and perspectives naturally effect our emotions.
7. 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.
8. We commit our minds to explore truth in order to redefine our perspectives.
- Truth reshapes our minds, which helps to reshape our emotions.
9. We commit to the practice of seeking the presence of God for our emotional health.
- We set aside regular time for meditation with God, knowing that it is in active relationship with Him (not rules or theology) that divine healing flourishes.
10. We learn to accept the things we cannot change or 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.
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.