I was excited to join in on this book study because I have been receiving Jennifer's Women's Ministries Newsletter for a couple of years and just love her outlook on life and ministering to women. If you purchase and read this book for nothing more than to read Jennifer's story it is worth it. She is an inspiration to anyone who really listens to her words.
Chapter 1 of this book "Not so well with my soul" is one I could relate to on several levels. If you were a part of our last Yes to God Tuesday study you are familiar with my story of carrying hurt and pain and understand that all was not well with my soul for a very long time. If you traveled the entire journey with us you also know that today all is well with my soul. For that I am truly grateful.
I have learned that the words we tell ourselves can build us up or keep us wallowing in self pity. I wallowed long enough and finally took the necessary steps to get out of the pit so I could see clearly and now walk on solid ground. Jennifer's words in chapter 1 are a confirmation of all that God has been speaking to my heart.
It does matter not only what we think and say to ourselves but also what we say to and about other people. Proverbs 18:21 speaks about the power of our tongue and the ability we have in it to speak life or death. I believe it is the same with our thought life. 2 Corinthians 10:5 also speaks about taking captive every thought that goes against Christ. Jennifer hit the nail on the head when she spoke about getting into the WORD and replacing her thoughts with God's truth!!!
I also loved the analogy about the Closet and cleaning out the clutter. I physically just did that on New Year's Day. My husband and I cleaned out our closet and gave away 4 huge bags of good clothes that we just don't need. It felt so good.
So now I will go into the closets of my mind and look around to see if there are any hidden or unnecessary thoughts hanging around that need to be replaced by Godly ones.
Until next week - Praying your closet gets cleaned out!!!
Considering It All Joy,
Awesome post my friend. Love your insight and how it all ties in with your testimony that is still being added to. You have been entrusted with much to share....keep seeking Him Cindy. Greatness is what He has in store for you!!ReplyDelete
So blessed we are going to be doing this journey also together.
ooooooh! God's working on us both in the same way! Gossip reared it's ugly head in my life for so long and it's an ugly thing that makes people ugly. It's tough at first after so many years of habit but refusing to be negative in someones absense and keep your lips sealed is rewarding and it really does speak (without words) to those around you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your post, Cindy. I am so looking forward to this study. God Bless!ReplyDelete
Physically and spiritually cleaning closet here too!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for coming on this journey with us!
Jennifer is a special lady, isn't she? She is such an inspiration. I'm excited to be doing this study with you, JOy!ReplyDelete
We'll clean out the closet together!
It seems that God has called me to this study and is weaving it's parts into a whole tapestry of change within me. I've always believed that those "reasons" can not become excuses, can not become what we act out. This will be so fun to follow what God does in each of us.ReplyDelete
I really loved the way Jennifer molded the closet them in every aspect into our thoughts and self talk. It was very clever and shows her tremendous talent. Can't wait to see what else she has to say each week.ReplyDelete
Glad to be back in a book study with you!
Chapter 1 has already brought the realization that I am much more kind to others than myself. I guess that would make my mother proud but it sure has taken a toll on my self-worth. I had no idea that I was so mean to myself. This is sure to be an "enlightening" book study!
Wow. It sounds like we all have on our cleaning clothes! :) It's good to know I am not doing this alone. Great insight!ReplyDelete
So excited to be back in a study with you. I agree this will be a continuation of what we started. I can't wait to see the journey God leads us all on.
Your a treasue my friend.
:) xo Carol
Replacing our thinking with God's truth...that's the core of the matter, isn't it?ReplyDelete
I don't know your story, but I praise God with you that it is well with your soul.
Hi Cindy, it's so great to be a part of a wonderful study with you and the other ladies. 2 Corinthians 10:5 is really standing out to me today as I read through posts. My NIV Study Bible notes say in regard to "every thought...obedient to Christ" that "The centre of man's being thus becomes fully subject to the lordship of Christ." That's it in a nutshell really. I can't wait for next week's study, and some more post reading! Much love, Paula :-)ReplyDelete