Emotions

 

Experiencing intense emotions (ex. fear, guilt, anger), along with physical and/or bodily sensations, is totally normal. Yes, even the Pope experiences fear and anger. It's important that one has the tools necessary to deal with these emotions in a healthy fashion, so they don't become strongholds

Excellent advice from Dr. Gail Brenner, as to what one can do when experiencing a strong / intense emotion:

1.  Focus your conscious mind faculty on a few, slow, deep breaths

2.  Focus your conscious mind faculty on the physical sensations in your body that you’re experiencing. Love them like your children and welcome them like a long lost friend.

3.  Focus your conscious mind faculty in the peaceful field of simply being present and aware (i.e. what am I seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, or smelling)

Christians can add two more steps to the above recommendations for emotions of fear
 

4. Use the conscious mind faculty to gently proclaim scripture truth: "I, conscious mind, Holy Spirit, and Soul, don't worry about life, my body, or tomorrow". (Gospel of Matthew)

5. Use the conscious mind faculty to give (cast) the care (anxiety) to God: "God, this care's yours, thanks for taking it". (1 Peter 5:7)

Sample video from Dr. Gail Brenner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video on the 'Welcoming Prayer Practice', a practice that's is proven and effective in handling intense or upsetting emotions

 

 

 

 

 

 

If intense emotions are something you struggle with, we strongly recommend the teachings and resources of Dr. Gail Brenner: https://gailbrenner.com/archives/?showall=1

Two healing ministries, where you can speak/pray with someone over the phone:
The Evangelism Response Center: (800) 634-2462
The Prayer & Crisis Referral Network: (877) 800-PRAY
A healing ministry that provides virtual spiritual direction and centering/contemplative prayer aids:
Rev.  Maria Gullo       thedeeperconnection.org
Three healing ministries where you can either call in or submit an online prayer request: Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, Florida,  the International Order of St. Luke the Physician in San Antonio, TX, or the The Inheritance House in Orlando, Florida
 
National mental health support groups: 
The Grace Alliance​ & NAMI

All Information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.  All communications with the Christian Mental Health Ministries are 100% confidential.          C 2021