5 Ways To Help You Overcome A Heavy Heart

God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute.  ~Oswald Chambers

Do you ever feel sad, lonely, and just plain ‘blah’?

Although I am a lot better today,  I have struggled with heavy hearted feelings at different times of my life.

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Through talking with others, I have learned that many others also have days challenged by low energy and little joy.

Here are some tips that I have learned to help me overcome those days. May they be an encouragement to you.

1. Remind yourself that God is stronger than your feelings and that He wants to help you

Our feelings are always valid. What you feel is real.  I’m not suggesting that you discount or minimize what you are feeling. On the contrary, make sure you are in touch with your emotions.

What I am saying is that as a follower of Christ you have the power of Christ living inside of you.  What this means is that you can win your battles over your emotions through the power of the Holy Spirit within you.

You don’t have to let your emotions control you

Nothing can separate you from God’s love (Romans 8:35-38).  With Jesus by your side you can fight this battle. You are more than a conqueror and victory is yours because of Jesus (Romans 8:37).

Remind yourself of God’s love for you.  Say things like, “I know You love me Lord. I know You are with me, and I know You will carry me through this day.”  

One of the most powerful prayers we can pray are these three words, Lord help me.”  On the days you are feeling emotionally challenged simply say this sweet, short and powerful prayer as often as you may need to.

2. Thank God and praise Him for the many gifts He has given you

No matter how tough life can become, there is always something we can praise the Lord for. You can thank Him for the very breath you are taking right now.

When we praise God in the midst of our feeling negative, something happens to our mood. Praising and worshipping God in the midst of feeling down will propel you into a better emotional place. Be patient and don’t give up.

Regardless of how you are feeling, it is important to keep thanking the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

3. Read and Speak God’s Word

There is strength and power in the Word of God.

When we know God’s Word we are refreshed and restored because the Word of God is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). Make sure to spend enough time daily reading God’s Word.

It is especially important to read your Bible when you don’t feel like reading it. Push yourself and read.  It helps to read and speak God’s Word out loud because you will hear your own voice and it will encourage you. This is one reason why Scripture memorization is so helpful.

Back in 2002 when my husband and I were separated I went through a very painful time. On my darkest days I had to force myself to pick up my Bible and read it. I’d start with Psalm 1 and read through all the Psalms, out loud. Usually by the time I was at Psalm 34, tears of joy were running down my cheeks because I was feeling Gods love and comfort.

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4. Musical worship

Musical worship is very healing and very comforting.

Singing or listening to worship music will fill your heart with peace and joy as you praise God (Colossians 3:16, Psalm 150:1-6).

5. Punch the devil in the face

To be honest with you, I don’t like to give the devil a lot of attention. However, I honestly feel that a lot of heavy heartedness comes from a spiritual attack from the enemy.

The truth is, however, that we are in a spiritual battle every day and most Christians don’t give this enough attention. In Ephesians 6:12 it says, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”  And in James 4:7, “…resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Many of our emotional battles are spiritual ones. Having a heavy heart, although valid, may need to be fought spiritually. We can train our minds and learn kingdom ways of fighting this war.

Learning to live God’s way is a process. The mind is a battlefield and we must control our thoughts to become obedient to God’s way of living (2 Corinthians 10:5).

God is faithful to our cries for help. He wants us to live life in all it’s fullness. (John 10:10). Give Him your heavy heart and let Him carry it for you (Isaiah 46:4). (Tweet this).

Feel free to leave a comment below and share your insights on how you have overcome heavy hearted emotions.

And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.” ~ 1 John 5:14-15

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Comments

  1. Wisdom through you from the Holy Spirit speaking to us today. Thanks, Tweeny!

    • tweenyrandall says:

      Thank you Debbie. I had a great teacher in you when I was a baby Christian. My very first Bible study was with you. Do you remember? Love you sis~

  2. Hi Tweeny, ahh yes. I can remember reading through the Psalms with you dear sister. The recommendations in your writing today are a powerful prescription for getting through heavy hearted days. I also recommend doing a quick check of my self care. I often find I am in a HALT mode (hungry, angry, lonely, or tired). The enemy likes to attack us when we are most vulnerable.). A beautiful Godly friend like you is a gift too. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and love. God bless you.

    • tweenyrandall says:

      Yes, dear friend Julie…you and I have walked down the hard road of recovery and healing together. I am so grateful for you and I thank God for you daily. I love what you added here about doing a quick check of our self care. I love your wisdom! and I love you~ :)

  3. Thank you for your encouraging words, Tweeny! I appreciate you!!

  4. Great advice and very well said!

    • tweenyrandall says:

      Thank you my dear sweet, beautiful and wise daughter, and also my former editor. Your feedback means a lot to me. Love you~ :)

  5. Great reminder of the power we have within us to draw upon-Christ. Thank You

  6. I can always count on you, my dear sister, to give us great advice and tools to cope and grow. And as always, you have a wonderful gift of delivering such deep suggestions and practices in a simple, easy to grasp way.

    I have a lot to work with from this post !

    God Bless !

    • tweenyrandall says:

      Dear brother, thank you for always encouraging my writings. I really appreciate you. We all are “under construction” and constantly have work to do. Love you~ :)

  7. So practical and simple. Thank you for showing us the way to go when our emotions get the better of us. What a great exchange. God’s mighty power instead of depression. Thank you Julie for another practical help. We are all in a race and we will lift each other up when the going gets tough and we will finish it victoriously as Christ cheers us on to the finishing line. How it please our Father to see us encouraging one another.

    • tweenyrandall says:

      Dear Jessica,
      I appreciate the wisdom you share here. You are right, we are all in a race and we can encourage one another when life becomes challenging. Thank you for the many many times you have lifted me up on a heavy day. I thank God for you sis. Love you~

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