The chapter I read this week was very powerful being about the words that we use in our home. Do we teach our children not to use words like “Stupid” or “Get out of here” and then use them jokingly as adults? I liked how they handled this by explaining to their children that these words were like knives…too dangerous for little children who don’t know how to use them properly. But, then you better exibit the right use of these words in their hearing!
But what really got my attention with this chapter was in considering the language that I speak to myself when I am in a situation of difficulty. Do I often tell myself that I am “overwhelmed” or “I can’t do this”. In this chapter the author encourages us to keep ourselves accountable with another friend and find the vocabulary in our language that we are choosing to use that is not profitable.
This is not positive thinking, but merely speaking to ourselves as David did in the Psalms, “Why art thou cast down, oh my soul? Hope thou in God…!”
When we constantly speak negatively to ourselves it only brings the spiral downward. Believe me, I know ALL about it! When depression and fatigue takes hold I begin cycles of thoughts in my head…
“I am overwhelmed!”
“I am a failure as a mother and wife!”
“I am so tired!
“This is too hard!”
I have called my dear husband up on the phone before and told him a whole speal about how bad of a wife and mother I am…his response? “I will not have anyone talk about my wife that way, not even my wife.” 🙂
Instead we must speak to our souls and say,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengths me!”
“Hope thou in God.”
“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
“Faithful is He who calleth you, who also will do it!”
So dear friends let’s watch our thoughts this week…how are we speaking to ourselves?
Would you like to jump in and join us?
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