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,