• Sheila Harkins

Moving Forward Emotionally

Our Chapel theme this year has been "Moving Forward." During this time of COVID-19 and social distancing, I made a video for our students using the theme "Moving Forward Emotionally." I wanted to share some thoughts about emotions that I have learned and that are helping me during this time.

I've heard from some students and teachers that it has been helpful, so I thought I would send it on to my blog readers, as well.

My apologies that during the video, I couldn't remember the name of the author of a book that I referred to. The author is Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD and the name of his book is The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

I also share a quote and neglect to mention that it comes from Aundi Kobler. The quote is "When life is profoundly hard, we can give ourselves permission to take it in smaller chunks." I appreciate following Aundi Kobler on both twitter and instagram and feel like she has some great insights.

At the end of the video, I share some paintings and thoughts about how God views us. These paintings were based on the following verses.

1. His Eye is On the Sparrow

Matthew 10: 29-30 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 6:26&27 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

2. The Apple of His Eye

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Deuteronomy 32:9&10 For the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.In a desert land he found him,in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.

3. The Eye of the Shepherd

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Isaiah 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;he gently leads those that have young.

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

John 10: I am the good shepherd;I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

4. His Eye of Love

Luke 15:21-24 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

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