Transition or Land Between times often set our emotions on edge. Our thoughts skew toward negativity and our wods often exacerbate the situation or our relationships.
In Putting Your Past in Its Place, Dr. Stephen Viars wonders: “Have you ever felt truly joyful after you blew up at a person who treated you in an abusive way? Did you say a few days later, ‘I’m so glad I cursed like that- I wish I had used fouler language? I doubt it. But when you choose to use your lips to cry out to God as you suffer, you experience a kind of joy that is available only from Him.” Similarly, Jeff Manion (The Land Between) differentiates between honestly crying out to God versus complaining to God.
Proverbs 16:23- “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.”