Dear feeler, Is your “feeler” feeling overwhelmed? Are you struggling to sort out what’s yours or what’s in the atmosphere? Do you just feel “off?” Here’s a handy guide for the discerners to get your Holy Spirit filter free-flowing again.
It’s time to get quiet.
Get quiet. You may need to withdraw from speaking and spend time in the secret place with the Lord. Jesus withdrew from the crowds to reconnect with the Father. (Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:13, John 16:5) So should we, especially when feeling overstimulated.
Spend more time in the spirit.
Spend more time in the secret place in prayer. Soak in the presence of God. The Word tells us when we get overwhelmed, not to be anxious but pray and petition with thanksgiving, to present our requests to the Lord. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Choose your words carefully.
Guard your words carefully when you are in an overwhelmed or overstimulated state. Better yet, pray and ask the Lord to set a guard over your mouth and keep watch over the door of your lips. (Psalm 141:3-4)
Here’s a prayer.
Lord, guard my mouth. Take control of what I say. Let me not be drawn to evil. Create in me a clean heart. Show me my heart’s contents because you say that the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart. Consecrate and circumcise my heart to you so that my lips overflow with the fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Don’t isolate, but also guard your environment.
Don’t isolate yourself from others, but be more judicious about who you allow to pour into you. Limit what you watch, read, or listen to. Too many voices in your life can confuse or extend the time you feel overwhelmed. The Holy Spirit is your best teacher and comforter.
Be judicial about where you go, who you talk to, and gather with.
Similar to the above advice, be more choosey about where you go, who you talk to, or gather with. This can include social gatherings, time with friends, conferences, etc. You want to avoid adding to the overwhelming feeling you have, and some atmospheres can pile more on. Spend time with people and in places where you feel the presence of God. Spend less time with people and places you do not.
Do things that allow for rest.
Rest is crucial when your “feeler” is overwhelmed. What does rest look like for you? Do those things. It looks like getting some alone time, spending time outside, soaking in worship, and more. You may even do some things from your healing plan to recharge.
Get into the Word, especially Proverbs & Psalms.
Read the Word. There’s nothing like filling up with the Word of God, especially the Psalms and Proverbs. Spend time there and meditate on what you read.
One of the biggest mistakes we feelers can make is failing to realize we feel overwhelmed by the atmosphere. We become ticking time bombs. An overwhelmed feeler finds themself in a place where anything can fly out of their mouth, causing unnecessary damage.
So when the atmosphere is pressing in on you at all sides, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, govern your metron (yourself) until it passes.
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