How to Overcome Overwhelming Emotions

Anastasis Faith

          As many of you know, we just launched 30 Days of Surrender last week!!! I was absolutely so thrilled and touched by your reaction and the feedback we have been getting! 
          If you haven't had a chance to purchase your copy yet, you can buy it here! We are using pay-what-you-want pricing so everyone can afford it. 
          Today, I interviewed Savannah Morello--one of the contributors and author of Surrender Your Emotions, Surrender Your Future, and Surrender Your Needs. Today, we are specifically talking about how you can overcome overwhelming emotions. Savannah has such wonderful thoughts and wisdom on this topic. Enjoy!
How to Overcome Overwhelming Emotions

What did you learn while writing for 30 Days of Surrender?
          Writing for 30 Days of Surrender was such a blessing and I learned a ton! But foremost was the importance of giving credit where credit is due. God has given me a passion for words, and with it – I think – some talent. But I must remember that it is GOD who gave me this talent. I cannot take credit for any good idea, inspiration, or clever wording. Everything I can do came straight from grace. As much as I want to keep it for myself, all glory must go to Him.
           Secondly, I learned not to put my identity in my accomplishments. I have never really struggled with confidence, but working with other authors reminded me that I don’t have to be the fastest, the best, or the most talented. Everything I do should be for the glory of my God, not to feed and satisfy my pride.

You wrote about surrendering emotions. What made you pick that topic?
          To be honest, I chose Surrender Emotions because I actually have the advice to share here. I scrolled past so many of the other topics because I struggle with them so much. Now, I don’t pretend to have complete control over all my feelings. But the Lord has given me enough grace to win many of the battles I fight with my emotions. I can share my plan of attack.

In Surrender Emotions, you talked about dealing with frustrating siblings. I think we can almost all relate to that. ;) How do you practically not let your emotions get control of you while dealing with your family members?            
          First, I look for signs. It probably feels different for others, but when I get really angry, right before I completely lose control, I feel a pressure behind my eyes. The edges of my vision blur. It’s like my mind is trying to shake me by the shoulders and yell, “Stop! Look what you are doing!” I have learned to take advantage of it. This sign helps me realize that things are going the wrong way and try to fix them. 
Surrender Emotions Savannah Morello

          Secondly, I must stop talking. Completely. Even if it means my brother will have the last word, even if he doesn’t completely understand the foolishness I just saved him from:  I have got to shut my mouth. And even more difficult, I must stop any ranting in my head. How will my anger go away if I keep fueling it with outraged thoughts? I try to do this before my eyes go blurry – a lot of hurt can come out of my mouth even before I lose control.
But in the middle of an argument – even a simple, quiet one about who needs to walk the dog – stopping is the last thing I want to do. 
          Even when the Holy Spirit reminds me of Christ’s call, I quickly throw up a protest. “Oh, no way I’m stopping now,” I say. “I am so right this time. He needs to see that.” But does being right justify my argument? When I finally realized that the sin does not lie in being on the losing side of a fight but in actually getting angry, it became so much easier to stop mid-sentence and tell my brother, “Wait, we are fighting. I’m really sorry.” That helps both of us to pause. After we cool down, we can find a peaceful understanding.

What advice do you have for girls who are "more emotional?"
          Ground yourself in truth. Emotions have a way of surrounding us and blinding us to reality. 
          In my experience, whether I’m angry at a simple mistake, or doubting God’s ability, my emotions to trap me in a lie. I think part of us enjoys having a hearty cry, even if it is in anger. There is a reason we don’t want to back down from a fight. Sinful emotions appeal to our flesh. But when we have hidden the truth in our hearts, we have something steady to hold on to. 
          Know who God is. 
          Know what He thinks of you, of sin. Know how He wants to use your emotions for His glory. When you know the truth, feelings have so much less power. 

          Come back next week for the rest of this interview!

          If you liked this interview, you will love our new ebook, 30 Days of Surrender! Be sure to check it out here!

Do you struggle with reacting emotionally? What have you found that helps you not be controlled by emotions? Share in the comments!

30 Days of Surrender LAUNCH!!!!

Anastasis Faith


          There were a few times, during this summer, when I never thought this day would actually happen. :) But God has been so good to us and has brought this project to completion—I now pray that He brings it to fruition.

          Do you want to please God with your life?

          Everywhere we go, we are bombarded with messages about how to live our lives. Media, the Bible, church, friends, family, school—they all have an opinion. How do we know who is right? How do we, as Christian girls, live a life that is pleasing to God?

          The short and simple answer is this: By believing what He says and surrendering our lives to Him. He is our Creator and our Redeemer so He deserves preeminence in every area of our lives, from our schedules to our affections—He deserves it all.

          But how do I surrender my life to Him?

          30 Days of Surrender addresses thirty areas in your life and shows you how to surrender them to God through Biblical truth, practical examples, and personal stories. 

          A few things that you should know:
1. We are using pay-what-you-want pricing
          This means that you can pay anything upwards of $2, whether it’s $2, $4, $8, or $50.

          If we value this book at $8, why aren’t we just charging $8? The reason is because we believe this book contains truth that can change your life, and we don’t want price to make you say no. $2 is less than a Starbucks, less than most restaurant sodas, and most likely less than your lunch. So we want everyone to be able to afford this book, which is why we are offering such a low price.

          However, if you have appreciated the Daily Devotional and weekly blog posts, I would ask you to consider paying full price or even donating extra. Running Morning Glory closts time and money, things I don’t have in excess. Supporting Morning Glory in this way helps with the costs of upkeep and frees up more of my time to keep creating free resources for you and teen girls around the world.

          This is currently the only way you can support Morning Glory financially, so if that is something you feel God leading you to do, then we would be very thankful.

          But please—pay what you want, and pay what you can. Anything is greatly appreciated! I hope this book blesses you as it has blessed me.  
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          Buying the book is the only way you can financially support Morning Glory, but you CAN support Morning Glory a ton simply by sharing on social media—or better yet, emailing or texting them about it!

          I hope this book blesses you. It has been bathed in prayer from start to finish. God has worked miracles to just bring it to you.

          Also, if you’re on the fence because you want to know more about either the book or the writers, here are a number of blog posts to acquaint you with them.

          This is an excellent interview with Aly Marcel, one of the ebook authors. She shares some stories from her personal life about her struggle with insecurities.

          Isabella Morganthal shares her story about overcoming bitterness. It also includes a FREE chapter from 30 Days of Surrender!

          Any aspiring writers out there? Aleigha's blog is full of resources for writers--including this interview with me about writing!
What I Learned While Writing 30 Days of Surrender
          This post gives you some behind-the-scenes information from my perspective about putting together the ebook.

          Thank you so much for all your support and prayers! I am so excited to bring this ebook to you by God’s grace.

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