The Benefit of Triggers

Here’s Your Sign

I always say that God is a great recycler. He can turn our triggers into our blessings. How? When something or someone triggers us it’s a sign that there’s an area in our lives that God wants to heal. When we have a soul-wrenching response to something, we will never get our blessing out of it if we ignore it. A trigger alerts us to areas of unhealed pain, trauma, or a need for growth. God doesn’t want us to be tormented by our triggers. We can flip them, making them work for us, instead of controlling us. If we allow them to stay unchecked, they will torment us, ruin our relationships, and we will be vulnerable to manipulation through them. The more triggers we have the more easily we are controlled.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Healthy, Strong, Relationships

We need to own our triggers they are no one’s responsibility. Even if a person is the source of our pain, holding someone else (especially someone who doesn’t care) responsible for our pain will only make us bitter and our souls small. If we try to manage our triggers by controlling the behavior of others, we might feel empowered initially. However, that behavior drives away healthy people and can only thrive in toxic relationships. When triggers control us, we are vulnerable to abusive, manipulative, and unhealthy relationships. No one and no relationship can live happily or healthily as a slave to our emotions and triggers. We can’t expect others to change or conform to accommodate our unhealed souls. It’s a travesty to them and ourselves.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:31

There is Hope

God knows everything we face, He knows it better than we do and He even knows the root causes and how to heal them. He loves us too much to allow us to remain in a weakened, unhealed and fragile state. Like a good father, He wants the best for us. When you feel stressed and triggered, and overwhelmed, turn to Him, call to Him for His help. He will meet you exactly where you are, rescue you, and heal you. He’s not the one who brings us pain, but He’s a perfect gentleman and waits for us to ask. Feeling triggered? Maybe it’s time to try something different.

When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.

Psalm 91:15
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