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So How Do We Do That?

Here’s an example: I had a big silent conversation with myself. It began as I rode home from the post office in utter frustration and under lots of stress. I had carved out some time during a very busy week to travel 30 minutes downtown to apply for a passport. After waiting in a long line, I turned in my application and photo only to hear a lethargic and impatient clerk ask, “Where’s your birth certificate? You can’t get a passport without a birth certificate.” “Okay,” I said. “I’ll get it. I’ll come back.” The clerk let out an apathetic groan and yelled, “Next.” He didn’t say it, but in my mind, I knew what he was thinking: Idiot. So as I rode home, that’s what I said to myself. Idiot. Why didn’t you think of that? Now you have to come all the way back and see that unpleasant person again. Anybody knows you need a birth certificate. Idiot. Idiot. Idiot.

Just as those wrong thoughts cascaded through my mind, I checked myself. I held my thoughts. As I did, I heard more clearly what I was saying. And I spoke truth to my soul instead. Jennifer, I said firmly to myself, you are not an idiot. That was a lie. You’re just human, and humans make mistakes. I continued, Remember, Jennifer, you are the workmanship of God. I was still frustrated, still upset by my mistake, but I was no longer held captive by destructive thoughts. Instead of letting idiot into my thought closet, I refused it entry. I guarded the door. Holding thoughts captive and making them agree with truth requires that we have the wisdom to recognize truth.

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When you talk to yourself, what do you say? Are your words life-giving water, or do they drain away your vitality — leaving you parched, dry, and arid? Words matter. We cannot risk speaking untruths to ourselves because of the strong likelihood that we will believe them. c

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Me, Myself, and Lies encourages readers to clean out the junk in their minds, and replace it with positive truths from God’s word. Words are powerful. Especially the words women speak to themselves. All too often, what we say to ourselves (when we lie in bed or look in the mirror) doesn’t reflect what God wants us to speak to our souls. With this great read, you’ll discover how to silence the negative voices in your mind and overcome a lifetime of damaging self-talk.

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