Self Talk, Soul Talk

Written by on September 26, 2012

Jennifer Rothschild’s books Self-Talk,  Soul Talk, and its companion workbook, Me Myself and Lies, inspire me in my journey to improve my internal dialogue. Jennifer shared in her blog a couple of weeks ago:

 How do you become your own consoling counselor when life hands you a big disappointment?

1. Tell yourself, “It is what it is!” In other words, accept it.

2. Tell yourself, “You won’t always feel this way.”

3. Tell yourself, “Something new or better is around the corner.”

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Well said, Jennifer! When I accept disappointment and allow God to be in control, I relax into the situation better. I know that something good is on its way. When my free-lance articles get rejected (and believe me,  I get a lot more rejected than accepted!), I figure it’s only a matter of time till one gets published. God’s never let me down in the past. Why would He begin now?

God’s been faithful to us in the past, and He’ll speak to us again in His time. When we remember His goodness to us, we deposit strength into our current circumstances.

Do you keep a record of prayer requests? Do you journal? If not, I challenge you to begin one today. Make it simple. Write one sentence of what you heard in prayer. Or draw a quick sketch of an image you see as you pray. I would love to hear from you about your journal. Let me know!

How do you console yourself when life hands you a big disappointment? Where and when do you find it easiest to hear the voice of God?

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  1. Debbie Killinger   On   September 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    I also have done the workbook Me,Myself and Lies. What an amazing guide book to see what is truly in our hearts,mind and Spirit. The Holy Spirit sure uses it as an eye opener , it did for me. We must always remember who and where our true identity lies, and who we’re in – Christ.

    We need to get into those often dark and unlit closets of our lives,that are often packed with items that should never have found entrance. But our loving Lord knows when and how to guide use and work through the messiest of places, places we had no idea existed. Thus the awful self talk. When we find the areas by the leading of The Lord the work will be efficient and complete.

    These past two weeks I’ve been dealing with my terminally ill Dad. The first week was denial,sorrow, questions an tears.
    But because The Lord is so full of Grace, Compassion, Tender Mercies and Great Love. The prayers of family, friends and Church Body, My worries and denial are gone – replaced by the sweet calmness of the Holy Spirit. I’m standing on that Rock. I have the Peace that passes ALL human understanding.

    I asked my dad one day while alone in the hospital room, “Dad, what are you thinking?”
    His answer came quick. “The first thing I’m going to do is bow at my Fathers feet – then find your mother.”
    Talk about no worries or fears! That’s my dad – now in his journey from this life to the next.

    I have no worries because I know his Life will truly start at that moment. His words to me were sweeter than the sweetest thing I have ever tasted. I am with him as those cancer cells are eating him up inside. But we can accept it only because of our Lord Jesus Christ. It won’t be long and his words will be his reality. I’m privileged to walk with my earthly father almost to the point of extending his hand to our Heavenly Father.

    • Lynn Hare   On   September 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Debbie, what absolute grace and beauty your spirit holds. I am so grateful for your testimony of our faithful Father. You are a jewel to walk through your dad’s final days. I love that he looks forward to bowing down at his Father’s feet!

  2. Sheila Zia   On   September 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Lynn, I don’t keep a record of prayer requests, but I do journal and that really helps to write out my feelings. When life gets overwhelming, I seek solitude and stillness to regroup. Usually alone and out in nature is where I find it easiest to hear God’s still, small voice.

    • Lynn Hare   On   September 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Sheila, thanks for your comment. I love your words about solitude and stillness. I, too, feel close to our Creator when I journal. A walk by the river always refreshes. His still, small voice seems easier to hear there.

  3. Nancey West   On   September 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I still fight the self-talk battle. My first reaction to disappointment is “of course, why would something good happen to me?” Then I remind myself how many times God has blessed me. It’s not about me; it is about God’s will for my life. If I keep looking for the next step I won’t trip over the challenge in front of me.

  4. Bonnie Keller   On   September 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    What beautiful responses!
    May God Bless you all in all your walks through this life.
    May we never forget how deep, our Lords love is for us. It surpasses all of our wildest dreams and expectations!

    I think that in our weakness, we get to have a closer relationship with Jesus.

    He calls us to find our strength in Him.

    I love you Lord, oh my strength!!

  5. Lynn Hare   On   September 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Bonnie, your comment reads like a freshly-written psalm! I can hear its melody. Your lovely words refreshed my spirit. I drink in the presence of God at this moment.

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