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I'm an unlikely pastor's wife, mom to three boys, pregnant with my first daughter, teacher in my former life and a sharer of stories. Thanks be to God for using unlikely stories for His glory!

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  1. YES and AMEN!!!!

    I have been teaching this very same thing and calling Phil 4:8 the scripture sifter!

    When this discipline is practiced and learned it is LIFE CHANGING!

  2. Rachel, I loved this! “My parenting is being renewed daily.”, was a special little truth to silence my own inner enemy.

    • Your parenting is being renewed daily, as is mine- even though those tempting thoughts tell me one step forward and two steps back – God gives us new mercies every morning. He is faithful. Keep thinking of the lovely sister:)

  3. Yeah, it happened to me as well. I was so discouraged and depressed and down trodden and my heart just felt so hurt. Why do Christians use the words of the devil. I wanted to say, whom am I speaking to, cos, I heard God ask me to ask but my heart is too good to say such demoralising things to believers.
    Know the feeling. Stay away from knife cutters like them. So many have experienced the same thing as I’ve experienced. I make a turn to face the LORD, upwards and turn my back to them who are nasty.
    Been there so many times. Turn turn turn to JESUS JESUS JESUS. And show them my back.

    • Great advice, Karyn. It reminds me of HEBREWS 12:1-3 let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author of our faith. Thanks for reading today and keep straining towards Him.

  4. AMEN! Although I don’t struggle quite as much with beating myself up as I do with completely shutting off the constant chatter in my brain and truly rest…

    • Heather,
      You are so blessed not to struggle with the inner critic. I hope that as you continue to walk in Him you will learn to turn off that chatter and rest.

  5. So many of us do the same thing. I read recently that speaking so critically to ourselves or having major thought issues….well, it is doing the devil’s work for him. He has whispered lies to us so long, we now do his job and whisper them to ourselves! Love what you shared….I AM beautiful….I AM loved….redeemed……
    Heart post!

  6. I’m with you girl! Thank you. When I got up this morning I decided to shut out those screaming lies from the devil by singing a song of praise to our Lord. Did I feel better? Absolutely! Praise and wielding the sword of the spirit makes the devil flee from you. 2 Cor. 10:3-5.
    Thank you for letting me know today that I’m not in the “foxhole” alone. There are other Christians out there in the same battle but with Christ we will win!

    • I am walking in this with you! What a great idea to sing praises to The Lord when my worst enemy attacks. Thank you for sharing this – I need all the tricks I can find… My worst enemy is tricky.

  7. Such a good reminder to turn those thoughts away. Those fiery darts are meant to bring us down, and in turn bring down those around us. As we turn our back on those thoughts, we are redeemed through His love.

    • Lisa,
      Thanks for reading today. I am going to continue to work hard to dwell on the lovely and true. I can certainly see how my thoughts about myself can bring so many down. Thank you for reading and sharing your heart.

  8. Rachel,

    Oh how this resonated with me! I constanly critize myself as not good enough, stupid, untalented…the list goes on. My other bad habit is sometimes thinking wrong thoughts about people-even my own husband!

    I need to work really really hard on watching what I say/think about! Our current Bible study is The Power of a Woman’s Words by Sharon Jaynes. I need to review each chapter and realize how my tone, intention, sharpness/softness and volume of my voice along with words can affect people. I am striving daily to be more like Jesus–speaking kind words in a calm, loving tone.

    Thanks for a great post!

    • Beth,
      I cannot wait to check out that book! Tone is a really tough one for me- I almost never yell but I have the nastiest tone with others (specifically my husband and sons, those I love the most.) Striving to be more like Jesus alongside you!

  9. Go get ’em, girl! Take those thoughts captive, lock them up, and throw away the key! I recently hung a Red Letter Words print with the Whatever is Lovely verse on it in my garage so it would be the first thing I saw when I got home. Strange place to put it but I need all the help I can get. 🙂

    • I need all the help I can get too. The garage seems like the perfect place for a sign to help battle poisonous thoughts- that way you are reminded before you even walk in the door. Thank you so much for reading my post and taking the time to encourage my heart.

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you for these reminders. I’m resting in God’s Truth, His Word, and daily relying on His strength to fight those inner thoughts. I, too, am a pastor’s wife, mother of 2 beautiful (but not so obedient/compliant) children, and pregnant with my 3rd (due any day, now!). I can easily be hard on myself and pay too much attention to those voices, inside and outside voices. But how could I do this mothering thing without holding on to God’s Truth and promises? Thanks again!

    • Oh girl, you hang on tightly to those promises. He is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or think because his power is working in us- even in these challenging days with our sweet yet not so obedient little ones. He is able. Walking in this with you;)

  11. I think I would like my wife to read this one. She is so her own worst enemy sometimes. You wrote, “I can turn a quick glance into someone not being satisfied with the meal I sent over last week or into a criticism of my parenting.” She absolutely does this! Of course, I think she’s the most wonderful woman in the world – but she reckons I’m biased. Naturally, she would think so. Maybe it will help her to see how a few others with the same problem are dealing with it.
    God’s grace be with you!

    • Thank you so much! I should read my own posts daily as well. It is such a battle to not be overly self critical. Thank you for reading! Blessings from this side of the world.

    • Thanks, Rachel, you described it so well and it helps the readers. That’s “the plank” in our eyes that need to be removed to see others clearly so that we can love others. This is also helping everyone who is in-the-box to go out-the-box, just do-the-right-thing is the way out. God bless you.

      • Thank you! Fighting to get to the heart of some of these planks I have in my eyes and I am thankful to be able to share with others as I walk in this battle with my worst enemy.
        Fighting to find joy and focus on the lovely. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  12. Preach it, sister! We ARE to preach the truth to ourselves (and others) so our renewed minds can be framed and filled with God’s truth instead of the world’s untruth. This is the process of becoming women of the Word, of becoming Christlike. Thank you for writing such a clear reminder of growing in the Lord and preaching the truth to ourselves and our sisters in the faith!

    pattym

    • Oh patty, I love you and I really appreciate you taking the time to read and respond to my post. I am striving along with you to preach to myself daily and conquer this enemy.

  13. So, please tell me you are living in my head. Thank you for speaking what aches to escape from my own thought life! I use this scripture as my signature on my emails…just so I can remind myself I AM WORTHY. I know I am my worst critic and my worst enemy…but through Christ I am finding hope beyond myself. HALLELUIAH!

  14. Yes to all the above, Rachel. The enemy within is far worse than the one outside. It’s a daily war, but God equips us to win the battle of the mind every day by renewing it every day.

  15. Thanks for the lovely post. Your voices sound so much like mine. I am an artist and I write about creativity on my blog and I have come to find that anyone attempting anything creative, writing, art, music, etc… they can’t accomplish a thing until they fight down the dreaded voices inside.
    Everyone who has ever done anything of any worth has had to silence that negative inner voice. It’s tough. It helps to have help from the outside. It helps to have your identity set firmly in Christ.

    http://www.ideanerdcreative.com

    • Thank you for sharing your heart. Fighting the voices is a battle not yet own for me so I will continue walking in this with you. I know He is able to help me silence my inner critic.

  16. Thank you Rachel for this wonderful reminder. As I walk in to lead 700 people through a 3 day conference, I needed this reminder more than ever. While the conference is government sponsored, I know that I will do a better job if I remember that I am a child of God and embrace the many blessings my professional role has brought to me – – even as my knees shake in front of those audiences. Thank you for the gift of your words I will carry them with me this week when my own worst critic starts to churn!

    • You’re welcome, keeping it simple is about all I have time for right now. Thank you for reading and for your kind uplifting words to bless me on this gloomy day – when the worst enemy seems to get the best of me. We are loved, we are redeemed, we are accepted.

  17. I needed to read this today, as my worst enemy is always at work trying to keep me from
    seeing I am made in the image of my creator. I am not bound to these thoughts. The Lord has given us everything we need. In Him I can be secure no matter what is going on around me!

    • Amen, we can be secure because we are secure in him. Our names are written in heaven! Whatever is happening around you focus on the lovely. You are redeemed and loved and accepted.

  18. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)”

    That’s the verse I’ve been saying over and over this week. My constant beating up of myself is killing me, and it’s all in my head! I AM my own worst enemy!!!

    Thank you for your words today. 🙂