"Ashley, do you realize that in just a few short months you will no longer be a child?"
"Mom, what are you talking about?"
"You’re turning thirteen. Just think! You’re leaving your childhood behind. Ashley, you will never pass this way again."
"This is such a heartbreak! Oh, grief, sadness! I’m too young for this."
"Brooke, get in here quick! Mom’s losing it."
"It was traumatic enough watching you go from 0 – 1, let alone 12 – 13. What will I do when you turn 20?"
"Mom, you’re embarrassing."
- Vomit on God. Psalms 142. The Bible says pour out your complaint to God. Tell Him all of your hurts, your pains, your anger, your hatred, your sorrow, whatever it is that torments your thoughts and emotions. Buried feelings never die; they always come back to haunt you. So get them out of your system and vent on God. This is the easy part. The key is, don’t hold anything back. You do this, not for God’s sake, but for yours. He knows what is there, but you have to unload it if you want victory. He cannot do that for you.
Confess known sin. I John 1:9. When we have been unjustly treated, we do not feel there is anything for us to confess. We excuse ourselves from responsibility. But we are responsible for the emotions the pain has caused us and for the lack of trust that it has brought us to as a result. Whatever you vomited on God in point #1, recognize the negative emotions the pain caused and confess them. Hatred, bitterness, jealousy, anger, cynicism, distrust, skepticism, worry, anxiety, depression, disbelief- none of those emotions are from God. They are negative emotions that torment our hearts. Do not justify them! Let them go!