Emotional Triggers

August 10, 2020, By: Dana Cramer

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.” Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)

There are times when maintaining emotional sobriety can be difficult, when the stress of life seems to have the upper hand. I’ve been there recently and I’m sure I’m not alone. As my wife reminds me, it will all work out. What she is saying to me is to trust God, and you will be okay.

In recovery, we learn about triggers that can set us up for unhealthy behaviors that can cause us to get caught up in ourselves, creating trouble for us and others. There are many triggers that can take us off course. For example, a situation, event, or something as simple as watching a tv show that takes you back to a troubling time – maybe when your life was out of control, and you relapse into old coping behaviors…stinking thinking.

Recently, my trigger has been things out of my control as the world around me seems out of control. When I get caught up in this, I remind myself to take care of what I can control and most importantly, don’t forget who is in charge and where my strength and peace come from. It comes from God. When I get stressed, I seem to lose focus of this and my ability to cope with everyday life is diminished. Add a significant event(s) and you can fill in the blanks. In recovery, we have the tools to get back on track and it starts by acknowledging that God is bigger than any problems we may have. Give them to him and it will all work out. One day at a time for a lifetime.

Love God, love people, Jesus first!

Dana Cramer
Celebrate Recovery // Crossroads Church


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