May I be candid?

Posted by BWSmith on Sunday, 1 February 1998, at 9:01 p.m.

Dear Lily,

You have received some interesting suggestions for mitgating the symptoms of PMS, also know as what in the Bible?

The ups and downs of monthly cycles ARE de-stablizing. So are many forces of life that act upon us, but they are never an excuse for the modern exercise of "venting."

Jesus Christ IS the stability of our times, a WEALTH of wisdom, salvation and KNOWLEDGE -- the fear of the Lord IS HIS treasure (Isaiah 33:6)
You must ask for forgiveness from those whom you have offended and you must forgive your husband's insensitivity. STUDY Proverbs, esp. on the tongue and temper. Read and apply 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, for even if you manage to correct the physical manifestations of premenstral cycles, and have not
LOVE -- you are simply a complacent shell.

This is written with tears in my eyes, for I am one who allowed many emotions to overtake me and wreck my witness.

Once a month I gave way and excused myself. Indulging the physical discomfort, instead of meditating upon Scripture, relying upon prayer, moderating habits, sleeping, exercising, became ROUTINE. Routine until an older sister lovingly reminded me that adolescence, PMS, and menopause or male mid-life crises ARE NOT SANCTIONED by Scripture.

We are better teachers of the grace of Jesus Christ when we have learned to rely upon His grace. Don't buy the lie that PMS is unavoidable, for God will not let you be tempted beyond what you are able to resist, without providing a way of escape. "FLEE FROM IDOLATRY" (1Cor 10.13) -- Gosh that sounds so STERN, but arguing, fighting, and yelling is indulging ourselves. Test God, and see if He won't open the storehouses of heaven and send you what you need to triumph, if only moment by moment. You will go from strength to strength in His Grace.

In Christ, BWSmith

Re: May I be candid?

Posted by sue hanauer on Monday, 2 February 1998, at 12:27 a.m., in response to May I be candid?, posted by BWSmith on Sunday, 1 February 1998, at 9:01 p.m.


your answer to the PMS Q is very well taken. the Lord showed me very similar vs. when i would complain and give excuse for my bad behavior during or around my cycle...another verse is : Psalm 119:165 "Great peace have they that love your law and NOTHING shall OFFEND them or make them STUMBLE" i have found that if i take offense because i am an emotional wreck due to whatever, i am still responsible for my actions and reactions and must still walk in a Godly manner or i do not LOVE the law of the Lord...i.e. the two great commands Jesus left love God with all our everything and our neighbor as our selves. May God bless you all.

My lessons for today

Posted by BWSmith on Monday, 2 February 1998, at 12:33 p.m., in response to Re: May I be candid?, posted by sue hanauer on Monday, 2 February 1998, at 12:27 a.m.

Hi Sue:

I am learning to love being responsible for my actions -- it sure beats being out of control. "Self"-control defuses the fear that tries to cripple my walk.

I am meditation upn these verses this week.

*For Thou dost save an afflicted people; (PMS and menopause countas afflictions, right?) but haughty eyes Thou dost abase. For Thou dost light my lamp; the LORD my God illumines my darkness. (Beats stumbling around in my own will ;-))
For by Thee I can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall. (I haven't TRIED this, but who knows?) As for God, His way is blameless;(He's the only one who DOESN'T have a hidden agenda, here) the word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. (Today I gotta remember to ask for cover.)(Ps 18:27-30 NAS)

*For he will deliver the needy when (s)he cries for help, the afflicted also, and (she) who has no helper. (Ps 72:12 NAS)

Good talking to you.