When your soul is in turmoil, it's hard to see clearly. Fear, anger, sorrow, and despair can distort your perception of reality. It's hard to keep things in perspective. They can actually magnify your troubles.
Often, when you're feeling overwhelmed, what you need is somebody to take you by the shoulders, look you square in the eye, and speak some sense to you. Sometimes that somebody is you.
I get this from the Bible. Listen to the psalmist talk to himself: "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God" (Ps. 43:5).
This was a man in trouble. He felt threatened and overwhelmed. And in the first part of the psalm, he was doing exactly the right thing by pouring out his soul in prayer to God. But then he stopped praying and spoke directly to his soul.
Continue reading Feeding Your Soul.