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Devotions on Faith and Feelings


By Jill Briscoe

Statistics show that a large percentage of us don’t like what we do! If there is that much discontentment, there is no question there will be discontented spouses as well. We cannot go cold as a Christian without lowering the temperature of everyone else around us.

Discontented believers do not encourage unbelievers to believe! They do not excite believers to develop an exuberant faith. What’s more, discontentment shows and that’s not good. You can’t hide unhappiness of soul. You may be going through the motions because you know how to do it, but if there’s no joy there’s not much hope of infectious faith or even personal spiritual growth. So, what can we do to find contentment?  

Confess your discontentment. Paul said “learn to be content” in Philippians 4. And confession is a good place to start.

Order your private life. Check your priorities, talk them over with your partners or close friends.

Nourish your relationships. Do you have a friend who can encourage and challenge you? Will she call you on your discontented attitude?

Try counting your blessings, not your troubles! Counting “a blessing a day keeps the devil away!”

Expect the devil to whisper discouraging things in your ear. Answer him with words of Scripture – like Jesus did (Matthew 4).

Nurture your prayer life. This is where the battle is won.

Trust God. Let resentment go. Forgive your enemies (and your friends). Accept adversity cheerfully. Don’t play God! 


As women, even if we’re not a "purse" girl, we all have one particular bag: the “just in case” bag, which is filled with discontentment, past hurts and other emotional baggage. Why do we so often still carry it around, even though it’s heavy and weighs down our hearts? Too often we justify carrying it, convincing ourselves that it will help us avoid future hurts, when in fact it’s closing our hearts to God’s love. Learn how you can cut the purse strings, let go of the emotional baggage, and let the Lord’s love in. 

We pray these devotions on faith and feelings help you reflect on who you are in God, how much He loves you, and how He wired your emotions.



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