1. Track your wellness.
Preventing Ministry Failure
Foundation Stone 4, Pages 139-156
The Emotionally Healthy Leader
Read Chapter 4, Pages 127-142
Emotionally Healthy Woman
In light of Chapter 4 process through these questions:
1. Using a scale of 1-4, 4 being very often true, rate yourself in these categories:
– It’s easy for others to ID what I’m feeling inside.
– I am able to experience and express my anger in a way that leads to growth in others and myself.
– I am honest with myself (and with those I trust) about fears and doubts.
– When I go through a disappointment or a loss, I reflect on how I’m feeling. I don’t pretend that nothing is wrong.
– I am able to cry, experience my depression or sadness, explore the reasons behind it, and allow God to work in me through it.
2. What did your family (the folks with whom you grew up) in teach you about dealing with the following emotions?
– Anger (stuff it, explode it, only certain people can get angry)
– Sadness (get over it, crying is a sign of weakness, sadness is selfish)
– Fear (ignore it, deny it, be paralyzed by it)
3. Think of a recent experience that caused a physical reaction in your body. For instance: a tightening in your chest, a knot in your stomach, a stress headache, grinding teeth, insomnia, clenching hands, sweaty palms, tension in shoulders, and/or a tapping foot.
What could your body have been trying to tell you about what was going on inside of you?
4. There are 3 steps to help you quit denying your anger, sadness, and fear:
A. Feel your feelings.
B. Think through your feelings. What are the reasons I am feeling this way?
C. Take appropriate action.