Happy Friday, friends!
What a week we’ve had studying Get Out of Your Head! Thinking about what we think about is such a process, right? It has required hard work, too. I’m glad that Jennie is honest and vulnerable. She admits that, though it may not be easy, it’s worth it. I’m even more glad that God is here to help us! We’d be lost in this process without Him.
Some points from this week’s reading continue to come to my mind. Let’s take a closer look at them now.
Share. Did you catch the first thing Jennie did that helped her start to break free from toxic thoughts? She shared what she was thinking with people she trusted. She chose to speak up about how she’d been suffering in silence. Her friends reminded her of who she is — one of God’s precious daughters. They prayed and fasted with her. With that support came hope.
Choose. Remember when she finally told us the thought that can successfully interrupt every negative thought pattern: I have a choice.
Those four words are so powerful, y’all! When I first heard them, I didn’t believe them! You know what, though? Through much prayer and reading the Bible, I discovered how true they are. Though the devil attempted to keep me stuck, blaming myself for where I am now, God’s Word kept me from following that spiral of toxic thoughts. His forgiveness covers all the past choices I did and didn’t make; His grace and power can, right now, in this moment, help me make better choices.
Declare. Jennie found scriptures to repeat, meditate on and hold to. Believing who God says she is grew her faith. God lovingly showed her truths she could think instead of lies. She learned just how powerful, active and alive God’s Word is, and how it mysteriously heals. The lesson? Declare God’s Word first, and let your thoughts catch up to His Truth. (Not the other way around.)
Act. Here’s where hard work comes in. Jennie began to live aware of her thoughts and actively started to capture them. Capturing thoughts exposed them. Exposing them made it much easier to see they were lies. You and I can do this, too. To start, simply jot down how you feel and why you feel that way. Or you can grab your "Anxious Thoughts Guide" and work through it. The next steps are to pray and search the Scriptures, trusting God to help us swap our toxic thoughts for His Truth.
Next week we’ll begin talking more specifically about choices we can make to help us stop the negative spiral once and for all.
See you then!
What area is God leading you to work on most right now: share, choose, declare or act? What’s one step you can take this weekend to do so?
- Finish reading Chapter 6 of Get Out of Your Head.
- Watch the Session 2 teaching video with Jennie Allen.
- Rest up and get ready for Week 3!
For Your Weekend:
In the Session 2 teaching video with Jennie Allen, we’ll learn how what we want and focus on most affects our thought life. The video’s about 18 minutes. (Special thanks to Zondervan Publishing for making this available to us for FREE during our study. Please note: This video will only be available on our blog through August 13.)
Click here for instructions to access closed captioning AND the video transcript.
Last night on our P31 OBS Facebook page, we had Bible Study LIVE at the Table! We watched this video (above) together and then had a discussion around some of the questions found in the Study Guide. No Facebook? No problem! You can access this video here, even if you don't have an account!
P.S. If you missed last week’s video session, here it is: