It is so freeing to realize once again, and on a deeper level I think, that I do not have to be overcome by my emotions. It’s okay to acknowledge them, because they’re real, and they’re there. But they’re not always right. There’s always a greater reality. I may be sad because of a certain situation, but that sadness can lead me to despair or become bitter, which is wrong. But God is greater than my heart. His Word is supreme. And it tells me–He tells me–I am loved. I am never alone. I don’t have to be afraid. And that truth is greater than whatever is tempting me to become depressed or to fall into despair, worry, anger, etc. It’s so freeing to realize life isn’t fair, and that I can learn to be content in any situation. My surroundings don’t have to determine how I feel or how I choose to act. I can always have joy because Jesus has redeemed me.

“…’If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” John 8:31-32

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'” Romans 8:15