Messy Emotions

Exhale.

As I considered what to share with you, I blew out a deep breath of {frustration, sadness, beat down, #allthefeelings}. Just wondering how in the world, I could convey all that’s in my heart without the opportunity to sit across from you.

I want to cry with you. I want to offer you a tissue while snagging one for myself.

Exhale.

I’m not sure what messy emotion you’re going through right now, but I’ll let you into my little world for a moment. Not to gain sympathy – And honestly, not for advice, because I’m just trying to labor through this. Yeah- that’s a good reference. We wouldn’t dare give a laboring mother advice as she breathes through each contraction right? We would stand beside her and wipe her brow. – Yep, that works.

I’m being transitioned out of my “job.”

And friends, I’ve been fighting and screaming in my head and in my heart for several years during the process. Through this time, I’ve had glorious highs and equally devasting lows. But, navigating this season has drawn me closer to the Lord.

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Today on Periscope, I shared a page we journaled together. I am also offering a free download of the devotional “Emotional Me” first published on the Gateway Women’s blog with a verse graphic.


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Friend, thank you for your kindness and your love.

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6 thoughts on “Messy Emotions

  1. Anna Rodgers says:

    Sweet Tonya, Oh how I can relate to your emotions at this stage of life! My youngest child and only son, turned 21 this past summer. My heart has been filled with joy, sadness, pride, humility, yes…#allthefeels. It has been so hard on me and my entire family knows this and they have been amazing to do everything they can to help me transition. In turn, I’ve worked hard to “mother”them less and “friend” them more. Together we’ve all realized that this stage of life is just as beautiful as all those years spent being “needed” by my brood. You can trust me when I tell you that this empty nest stage is every bit as wonderful as the full nest stage. It’s different, but still very very beautiful! I’m blessed here and I know in my heart that you will be too. Embrace it and watch Jesus make diamonds out of dust! Thanks for sharing with us. You are in my prayers!

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