The subtitle of Self Talk, Soul Talk, by Jennifer Rothschild (published by Harvest House), was what originally caught my eye. It is subtitled What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. Perhaps talking to yourself is something you’d rather not admit to doing. Yet we all do it on a daily basis. The question is – what are we saying to ourselves?
Rothschild picks apart her own brain in explaining how we should be thinking about ourselves and communicating truths to our inward persons. Are you plagued with self-doubt? Are you lacking in self-confidence about your person or your talents? I don’t know about you, but my personality is to be harder on myself than anyone else I know. I’m the worst offender when it comes to tearing down my own person. I doubt myself here, I fail there, I drop the ball and miss the mark . . . but Rothschild is here to encourage me (and others) to stop the negative banter within my own head and focus on what is true and right.
What should I be saying to myself? Rothchild, who, by the way, tours with the Women of Faith conferences, gives seven biblical principles to focus on when I’m tempted to bash myself for a failing.
1. Tune in, or awake the soul. Confess the sins and move on;
2. Look up, or hope in God. I don’t need to rely on myself (thank the Lord) to get through this thing called life;
3. Calm down and quiet the soul. Let the anxiousness fall away and focus on the Author and perfecter of my faith;
4. Look back, or Forget Not His benefits. Rothschild encourages you to look back at your past, but only at things that were “profitable.” Some painful moments of the past may be profitable while other parts most certainly are not. Don’t focus on the negatives, but focus on the positives. See the Lord’s grace and mercy in bringing you out of the past and into a more glorious future;
5. Be at Rest;
6. March on;
7. Praise the Lord!
If you have a bent towards harshness with your own person, you might want to pick up a copy of this book. It is inspiring and uplifting – at the very least to know that you are not alone when it comes to having personal conversations with yourself!
As for me, I’ll go right on talking, but I choose to focus on God’s truth for myself. It’ll be hard to do because my sinful nature would like to further destroy me by attacking itself. But God can save me from my inward battle and set my feet (and mind!) on higher ground where I can taste and see that not only is He good but that He intends good things for me.
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Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.