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Do you talk to yourself?

I remember working with a gal who talked to herself.  More often than not, I would stop what I was doing because I thought she was talking to me.  And then she would say, “I’m just talking to myself.”  Usually, she was walking herself through the steps of her tasks.  It seems kind of quirky doesn’t it?

However… developing a lifestyle of talking to oneself isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

In fact… talking to yourself can be a good thing.

If you read Psalms, you’ll notice that some of the psalmists (writers) did the very same thing.

Why am I so sad?
Why am I so upset?
I should put my hope in God
and keep praising him,
my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:11

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My body and my mind may become weak,
but God is my strength.
He is mine forever.
Psalm 73:26

I can lie down and go to sleep,
and I will wake up again,
because the Lord gives me strength.
Psalm 3:5

I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:8

 

What is it that you are going through?

Let me encourage you to talk to yourself… preach truth to yourself.

Find scriptures in the Bible and write them down and then say them out loud.

Let your ears hear you speak truth.

 

Our minds are capable of going off on any number of tangents.

We need to control our minds… bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Make a conscious effort to train your mind to “think on these things.”

 

Things may be going well right now in your life.  

Wonderful!

It’s the perfect time to practice speaking and preaching truth to yourself.

So when your next encounter with trials and challenges comes your way… you will be ready.

In fact, I think that this practice will help you not only be ready… but prepare you to take those challenges and trials ahead, in stride.

I’m not suggesting that they won’t hurt.  They will.  But your spirit will be lighter.

You won’t feel as if all hope is gone.  Instead… you will be leaning in with expectation to the future… trusting God for His best.

 

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We embarked on this week with a great deal of hopeful expectation.

The interviews had gone well.  We didn’t sense any roadblocks from the Lord.  In our hearts, everything was full speed ahead.

Finally, we were going to be back in the saddle, we were going to regain our purpose, and our lives would return to “normal.”

 

But, that’s not what happened.  Instead… we received a long no.

Have you ever been told that you didn’t fit?

It’s kind of uncomfortable, isn’t it?

Actually.  It hurts.  A lot.

 

In spite of all that… I can tell you that I did not slip into despair or despondency.

Not because I’m this awesome holy person with her head in the clouds all the time.

That’s not me.

I can tell you it’s because I preached truth to myself:

And on it goes.

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Let’s face it.  Life is hard.  

We could all get stuck in thinking about the hard stuff.

Or we could get stuck thinking… God is good.

And that could be the start of thinking of all the different ways God has demonstrated His goodness to us.

Let’s give ourselves grace.

And recognize just how much better the bad is when it’s balanced out by the goodness of the Lord.

 

Are you stuck in stinkin’ thinkin’?

What are you going to do to get out of that rut?

 

Let me encourage you, this week, to start practicing a new way of thinking.  It starts by talking to yourself.

People might think you’re a bit quirky.  But who cares?

You’ll be the upbeat, positive person, who talks to herself.

And you’ll be loved all the more because of it.

 

 

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It’s JoyDay!

 

And time to get our joy meters soaring!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God for…

  1. grace to get through the news.
  2. the miracle of communication with friends ministering in third world countries
  3. amazingly cool breezes and a refreshing stroll along the boardwalk
  4. a few hours of unexpected paid work.
  5. your faithfulness to keep teaching and training me to better follow you and your ways.
  6. your love, mercy, and grace.
  7. the future you have planned for us.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet thoughts.

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  1. Thank you, God, for:

    1. the life of our dog Dante, who was hit by a car two days ago, and has crossed the rainbow bridge.
    2. renewed acquaintance with cousins on my mother’s side, with whom I have not spoken in decades!
    3. a good air conditioner in the house.
    4. lots of sun to help things grow and to help area businesses that thrive in the summer.
    5. the chance to help[ a former Marine when he ran out of gas in our driveway (1/2 mi from the gas station).
    6. for my children’s grandparents, who fiercely love the kids almost as much as I do.
    7. for my daughter, who is becoming quite a young lady, but still needs her old Mom from time to time.

    Have a blessed week, Diane!

    • LuAnn… my heart hurts with yours at the untimely death of your beloved dog. You’ve had a lot of loss and I am so sorry. May God overwhelm you with His comfort and grace in the days ahead. {{hugs}}

  2. 1.keeping my son and his family from a wreck when the wheel flew off their truck. 2.A cool home during this heat wave.3.Hearing my youngest son encourage himself to tough out the last portion of his program.4.For Christian fellowship. 5.Helping me with the grief of losing James.6.Reminding me that He has a plan for my life.7.A good church to attend.

    • Oh, Betty! How very scary! I rejoice with you that God spared your family from disaster. All those prayers you pray… they work! Thanks for sharing your ‘seven.’ Praying you sense God’s love and grace in extraordinary measure in this new week. You are blessed, my friend!

  3. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank You God….
    1. for the two wonderful outings/lunch with 2 wonderful Friends!
    2. for This summer of rest and renewal….
    3. for healing mentally,emotionally,physically!
    4. for a closer more personal relationship with you ….
    5. for walking me through this trial…
    6. for speaking to me through so many different sources…
    7. for your loving grace and patience with me when I stumble in my faith!

    • You know Debbi… God is truly sheltering you under His wing. 😉
      My heart is warmed as I read your words of gratitude and I rejoice with you.
      Praying you have a wonderful last week of summer before you start back to school. May it be filled with countless joyful God moments. <3

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