A grounded bird struggles and wrestles as it attempts to take flight with heavy oil coating its wings. It will try and try, but only become exhausted as the oil weighs down each effort.

Likewise, trying to pursue God’s purpose for your life without taking care of your emotional health is just as productive. It directly impacts your spiritual health and consequently everything else you attempt to do. An emotionally burdened person will constantly have a looming shadow that weighs down every aspect of their life.

Sorrow, shame, pride, anger, hopelessness, despair, apathy, worry, sadness—emotional pain is deafening to a point where if not surrendered we can no longer correctly hear the voice and direction of God. Yet, He will fight for you, and will not rest until you find your way back to a place of harmony. Decluttering all that is crowding your emotions is a freedom that produces inexpressible joy and peace.

Even the most broken, confused, burdened, or heavy hearted have access to healing through the love of God who alone has the power to redeem and rescue. He will not turn you away no matter how far gone you feel.

Emotional decluttering is not a one-step process. It takes time and a lot of prayer to get deep enough to unroot the unhealthy feelings and restore damage. You will be tried and tested during the cleaning process but rest assured God will not leave you. He will supply you with strengthening wisdom and confidence as you take each step toward healing.

The first step, however, is the hardest as it requires raw honesty with yourself. Is your emotional state helping or hindering your walk with God and your pursuit of His purpose in your life? What is overpowering your thoughts each day?

Think about the things that have prevented you from taking the steps you know you need to. Think about any negative perceptions of yourself that have come from your pain and caused you to avoid seeking help. Now imagine a place no longer bound by darkness and misperceptions of self.

You’re stronger than you know and more valuable to God than you realize. He is rich in mercy and will help you find the motivation you lost and remind you of your forgotten passion.

There is hope, beauty, restoration for you. Accept and proclaim it!

“But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7