“The mind is its own place and in itself, can make Heaven of Hell, and a Hell of Heaven.”—John Milton, as quoted by Jennifer Rothschild.
This is the focus of our new online Bible study: Self Talk, Soul Talk, by Jennifer Rothschild. Head on over to my sweet friend Lelia’s blog to learn more about how you can participate in this study.
As a clinical psychologist, I have counseled countless people about this very issue.
As Jennifer says in her introduction, “…our self talk, soul talk is powerful. The words we say go straight to the core of our being. They shape the way we think about ourselves. They influence our emotions, our thoughts, and our decisions. They resurface in our conversations with other people. They can spur us on to live meaningful, productive lives, or they can drag us down to lethargy and despair.”
I love how Jennifer makes that connection: the things we say to ourselves bore deep into our souls, shaping our very being.
The way I see myself makes a difference in who I become. Because I am always becoming—the work is not done yet.
Jennifer refers to those thoughts that unwittingly spring forward as coming from a “thought closet”:
“I seem to have a secret closet tucked somewhere in the hallways of my mind. A thought closet. And what I had been storing in that closet wasn’t good at all: shelves and racks and bins full of hidden thoughts, secret insecurities, lies, illusions, and reminders of former failures…Without my consent, my mind keeps reaching into the dark corners of that closet to retrieve the troublesome contents I have inadvertently stored away over the years…”
What’s in your thought closet?
This question is worthy of exploration. The Bible tells us to take captive every thought.
Jennifer states, “My faith has led me to the Bible to find what to say to my soul. And speaking the truths I’ve found in the pages of Scripture has turned my thought closet from a prison into an oasis of freedom!”
Isn’t this where we should all turn to find the truth to speak to our souls?
I am excited to dig into this study. Honestly, I do a lot better than I used to in taking my thoughts captive. As I grow in my relationship with Christ, it becomes easier to see myself as He does.
But there are still many times in my life when this old enemy trips me up. Insecurity, anxiety, fear of man, shame. This peace is most certainly like a river—it ebbs and flows.
I can always use more tools to help get me through a difficult season. I am looking forward to this journey with you, my bloggy friends!
Let’s have some soul talk!