Why We Numb Out and the One Simple Thing to Do Instead

April 13, 2021

There are days I just don’t want to deal with what’s going on.⁠

When it feels like there’s too much going on around me to focus, family sickness, community needs, taxes to file, and the never ending house care, it’s easy to wish I could simply not care.

I find myself looking for something—anything—to make a “bad” emotion go away, asking myself –

  • What can I do?
  • What can I eat?
  • Who can I talk to (or talk about) to make me feel better about myself right now?                                 

When the desire to dull my emotions comes my friend Amy Carroll would ask me –

“𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐮𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐮𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞?”⁠

Often we turn to something to dull or we turn to someone to deal before we turn to God.⁠  Amy will remind us that our pain points to a problem; and problems are meant to be solved, but only God can solve — our pain should force us to lean into Him.

God is the creator of our feelings. He himself has experienced every single emotion we have, and He is the one who can hold us. He holds all things together!

“He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

Listen in as Amy gives us all a simple thing to do when we are going through difficult times and just want to numb out.

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Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll is raising a community of women with tender hearts and strong voices, equipping those who want to make a difference for God but fear jumping into culture’s fray

A consummate Southern girl, Amy loves words that shape a great story and a challenging idea. She’s the author of Exhale and Breaking Up with Perfect, a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and writer teams, and co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast. She has been interviewed on numerous podcasts, tv shows and radio programs including Focus on the Family.

Traveling the world and hearing how God works in women who attend her events makes Amy’s heart swell with joy. As founder and speaker coach of Next Step Coaching Services, providing one-on-one training for Christian speakers and writers, Amy delights in helping other speakers birth their own messages.

You can find Amy in North Carolina on any given day texting her adult kids, typing at her computer, hanging out with her hunky husband, or trying to figure out one more alternative to cooking dinner.

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