I have spent the morning looking up and meditating on the scriptures on wisdom from Proverbs that Jennifer Rothschild cites in our Bible study: Self Talk, Soul Talk. I’m a day behind in my post, but I am thankful for this morning to really spend some time in these scriptures.
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Chapter three is entitled Choosing Wise Words.
In this chapter, Jennifer talks about the “fruit” and the “root” of our thoughts. If our thoughts stem from faulty assumptions, then they will be faulty. Destructive self-talk can usually be traced back to a faulty foundation.
Jennifer gives some great strategies for undergoing a “root” transplant, including a very helpful interview with Patsy Clairmont in which this woman of faith outlines the steps she takes to combat her own negative self-talk.
But it was Jennifer’s comments on seeking wisdom that really got my attention.
First she says, we must ask God for wisdom. We should also fear, or revere the Lord, which Proverbs tells us is “the beginning of wisdom”. Also, we must be willing to receive counsel from others.
I love what Patsy told Jennifer when discussing this issue: “…I had so many people saying things to me that were in conflict with what I was saying to myself. One of us had to be wrong!”
Listening to the counsel of others can be a valuable tool in this wrestling match.
I’m still rolling around on the ground with these thoughts, my friends; seeking to pull them up by the roots. It feels like one step up and two steps back, but God is faithful and I trust Him to finish this work He has begun in me.
Thanks for standing ringside and cheering me along. I’m praying for you, my fellow wrestlers.