It has been said we carry on an inner dialog of between 150-300 words a minute, up to 66,000 thoughts a day. Most thoughts are likely neutral, such as reminding ourselves to TiVo "The Office" or sketching out weekend plans. Others, may actually be quite corrosive:
- You have no will power.
- You're a horrible friend (daughter, wife, mother, sister).
- You're weird.
- That was really stupid.
The bottom line? Words are powerful. They can build up or tear down and bring life or death in the way we think and live our lives. God wants us to be deliberate in both our thoughts and words:
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25
For as he things in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
It is not enough just to stop the faulty thinking; we must replace destructive thoughts with truth! We created a scrapbook page using scriptural affirmations in place of journaling (see Mellissa's page HERE). The lesson was inspired by Jennifer Rothschild's new book Self Talk, Soul Talk.