Sheri Rose Shepherd
Too many of us are walking around with an empty bucket in front of us begging for love. Don’t let the lies of man define you. Stop listening to the lies about yourself and instead focus on God’s Word and what He says about you.
Have you ever been told that you're too emotional? Have you ever heard people say, "Emotions are unspiritual. You need to ignore your feelings and live by faith"? If they are right and we are supposed to ignore our emotions, then why did God give them to us in the first place?
If you don’t deal with your emotional pain, it will deal with you and your loved ones. Pretending it doesn’t exist won’t help you get emotionally fit.
When a warning light comes on in a car, putting a piece of black tape over it won’t fix the car. When a car is broken, it needs to be taken to someone who knows how the car works and understands how to fix it.
For a long time, I pretended that my pain didn’t exist. I covered up my warning signs. My life did break down, and I was forced to face my feelings the night I came close to losing my life to a drug overdose.
Suddenly, I was thrown onto a road of reality. I had to face the fact that I was a drug-addicted, D-student, self-destructive teen-ager going nowhere in life.
Friends are like buttons on an elevator--they can take you up or bring you down. Surround yourself with people who are like the person you want to become because you become like those with whom you surround yourself.
After elementary school, we moved to Sacramento, California, where I attended junior high school. Then we moved again while I was in high school. I was desperate for friends. I never gave a thought to who those friends were or what they acted like.