Stop the Emotional Snowball

Anna
Anna

I feel like I just got hit by a big, icy snowball. In the face.❄️❄️

Anna
Laura
Laura

Well that can’t feel good!  What happened?

Laura
Anna
Anna

I got an email today from a friend and coworker that was very…well, honest, but a little harsh. Ouch. 😵 😥

Anna
Laura
Laura

Yikes.  It’s never fun to come face to face with reality!  Or face to face with ice for that matter!

Laura
Anna
Anna

Yeah, and what was said had some truth to it, for sure, but I also know that I shouldn’t take it personally. I shouldn’t. But that’s always easier said than done.

Anna
Laura
Laura

For sure!  And what does that even mean?  Personally.  🤔

Laura
Anna
Anna

I know, haha, that makes me think of that old movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, You’ve Got Mail, where he’s making her book shop go under and he says it’s not personal!

Anna
Laura
Laura

And as Meg Ryan said, you pour your heart into work, so it is a little personal. So how did you handle it?

Laura
Anna
Anna

I did what I often do in those situations — I’ve perfected the art of “Deer in the Headlights.”😳 And then I get angry and think of all the things I could have said.😡  And after that, I seem to bury it in my heart. But… it comes out in other areas. It’s like I just try to hide my feelings deep inside, but the icy snowball is still in there…. ❄️

Anna
Laura
Laura

And it’s growing bigger and bigger and bigger?

Laura
Anna
Anna

Yes! How did you guess? Like a true snowball.

Anna
Laura
Laura

Yeah, I have no personal experience with snowballing emotions.  😏 Wait, yes I do!  So do you have trouble letting go of those thoughts you “should have said”?

Laura
Anna
Anna

Oh yeah, for sure. But I usually talk myself out of saying them. The problem is when that built-up snowball comes out in other ways: Less patience with the kids, my husband, my other coworkers…

Anna
Laura
Laura

You mean, your massive snowball becomes ammunition for a zillion little icy darts you can throw at your family?

Laura
Anna
Anna

YES! Exactly!

Anna
Laura
Laura

And you know you’re taking your anxiety and anger out on them, but you just can’t stop?  And then you feel guilty.  And then you end up thinking that you are some sort of terrible wife and mother.  And then you realize you let this one half-truth from work define your entire life.

Laura
Anna
Anna

Wow, are you inside my brain?

Anna
Laura
Laura

I may have rolled an emotional snowball or two of my own??  Like when I let my messy house get to me and then I take my frustration out on my family… then everyone is upset and the house is still messy!

Laura
Anna
Anna

Then do you feel like it all backfires? It’s like the obsession with what’s happening and the guilt of how I’ve reacted to it all settles in my stomach, and then I want to quit things, or I just withdraw.😞

Anna
Laura
Laura

Yes. There has got to be a better way? Right? I mean, if we could stop the anxious-thought-cycle before it is full-spin-mode?  Or before the snowball is larger than life or before we throw the darts that hurt others??? How do we melt those frigid thoughts?

Laura
Anna
Anna

I do know this: when I remember to go to God as quickly as possible with the things that are starting the snowball effect, it at least starts to melt my heart at the core. The sting of the snowball is still there, but God’s warmth is right there too, showing me what is true.

Anna
Laura
Laura

I agree.  You know it doesn’t necessarily stop every unhealthy thought pattern, but drawing up to that warmth certainly lets me me sort out what’s what.  And I can find His grace even when my thoughts are spinning.

Laura
Anna
Anna

And sometimes, if I’m being honest, praying doesn’t seem to be enough. It’s great because I’m surrendering my issues, but I need to hear back from God too.

Anna
Laura
Laura

Oh, yes!  And the best way to hear from Him is to read the truth found in the Bible!  That is what really helps my mind get straight.  Speaking out loud truths about who I am or who God is, reminds me that I am not alone in my mess of thoughts. And that snowball effect slows WAY down.

Laura
Anna
Anna

And maybe in the big picture, He is using my struggle with my “snowball” to draw me closer to Him and the warmth He gives.

Anna

Soaking in the Truth

Scripture to encourage you:

  • “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  (Matthew 6:27,33, NIV).
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
  • “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)

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Living Out the Truth

Ideas to try:

  • The next time you are alone, maybe driving in the car or during nap time, try just talking to God about what’s been freezing up your heart. Ask Him to help you get to the first, icy snowball that started it all.
  • Ask Him to help you with this person, or this offense, or this irritation. What is the lie you may be believing about your situation or yourself? Invite God into that and ask Him to give you wisdom to deal with your heart first.
  • Then, when you can read (not while you’re still driving, ha!), read the above scriptures. If you can, sit up close to a fire and let these truths sink into the cold places of your heart.

 

{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more.

In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

4 thoughts on “Stop the Emotional Snowball

  1. What a fun way to post this – in the form of a text. You’ve hit upon a common battle and need for many of us. Keeping eyes on our true Hope – running to Him as quickly as possible – YES! Oh, to remind myself of this when challenges rise. Good encouragement. I’m a Grace Girl visiting today. 😉

    1. Thanks for visiting, Kristi! Glad we are not alone in our battle! May we all run to Him as quickly as we can and find His grace and truth! ~Laura

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