What if that doesn’t work out?
How in the world will we ever be able to do that?
I wonder if she thinks I’m….
In a day’s time, I’ve had more conversations with myself than I ever care to admit to you. I could be cleaning the toilets, but am I thinking about toilets? No. I could be eating dinner, but am I thinking about dinner? Not necessarily. Occasionally my negative internal chatter spreads over to my husband and sometimes his response is: “Where did that come from?”
Please tell me I am not alone on this one. Please, please.
Because just like a toilet spiraling downward, my mind, at times, follows a similar downward trend.
This evening our family worked together in the yard for a little while. Each had a job, watering or weeding or gathering or mulching. And I found myself saying to my son one of those statements you never imagine you’ll say to your kids:
“Don’t water the weeds, Buddy.”
And in that very moment, I realized that I do the very same thing.
Oh my word, I water the weeds of my mind!
You see, I have memorized:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil 4:8
But at times, I forget to do it.
Just in case you need the points I need to stop the negative internal chatter, I decided to share them with you. Here we go:
1. Starve the stomach of self-pity.
If you don’t feed it, it will not grow. Circumstances are not ours to control and they may not even be ours to change, but they are ours to conquer.
2. Give thanks in everything.
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thess. 5:18
I’m thankful that this verse uses the word “in.” Because there are things for which I struggle to be thankful. But I can be thankful in the circumstance because there is always something to be thankful for- for who God is if nothing else.
3. Pull those weeds out before they take root.
When I saturate my mind in Scripture, I find that the weeds aren’t even given a chance to take root. Then they dry up and wither.
4. Water the blooms.
Last Thursday night we had prayer meeting. Water.
Each day I’m doing my best to keep up with the Bible Reading Challenge (just caught up!!) The Word is water.
Sunday morning I heard God’s Word preached in church. Water.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Jn. 7:38
Don’t water the weeds.
I’d love to know: How do you stop negative internal chatter?
Week 1: How to Stop Negative Internal Chatter
Week 7: Replacing Negative Inside Chatter with Praise (7 praise songs to nip negative internal chatter in the bud)