I hear voices in my head.
That was a stupid thing to say.
Did you see the way she was looking at you? She doesn’t really like you.
You are not a good mom.
You look really, really old.
The voices in my head can prey on my own self-worth as their constant whispering, spewing, and yelling drip untruths all over my brain. Untruths that often originate from my own weaknesses, insecurities, and fears.
And sadly, I listen to them. Even sadder, I believe them.
Do you too struggle with this same type of internal, verbal assault?
Friend, fellow mother, daughter, bible study teacher, wife, neighbor…let’s not live life victimized by our own crazy talk.
What SHOULD the voices in your head be telling you?
The truth about who you are and who God is. All things full of grace and love and truth. The truth that you are loved and have a supremely unique purpose.
These truth-anchored voices SHOULD be cheering you on through the hard, difficult, painful, and challenging times with this:
Do you hear it? Envision a stadium full of 20,000 people. Instead of each side bantering “Game” – “Cocks” or “Boomer” – “Sooner,” listen your ear to the cheers they are yelling for you.
Hang on. Carry on.
Hang on. Carry on.
You can do it. Hang On. Carry on.
Even though it’s hard and tough and painful and uncomfortable. Hang on. Carry on.
This cheer is woven all through the Bible.
Abraham, hang on, carry on. He was promised a child and waited another 25 years for the fulfillment of that promise.
Joseph, hang on, carry on. He was deceived by his brothers and sold into slavery. Over the years, he rose to 2nd in charge of Egypt to Pharaoh. Instead of revenge on his brothers at their time of need, he showed compassion and grace (Genesis 45:4-8).
Joshua, hang on, carry on. At Jericho, he obeyed God with the most unlikely war strategy (Joshua 6) and was victorious.
Esther, hang on, carry on. She was selected as queen which positioned her to face death for her Jewish people (Esther 4:16). She bravely did what she needed to do and protected her people.
Ruth, hang on, carry on. Her husband died and she moved with her mother-in-law to a foreign land. Even though her future looked bleak, she went to work and God opened up a bright, new future (Ruth 1:16-18).
And to Daniel, hang on, carry on. Because of his obedience and commitment to God, he was thrown into the lions den. All. night. long. In the morning, he was still alive.
For YOU, hang on, carry on, too:
- Identify what the voices are saying: truth or lies
- Get God’s truth in your head by reading, memorizing, and studying.
- If you need professional help, make the call to a local counselling center today! You are not alone. There is help for you!
Wait. Can you hear it? The faint beat of the drum line and the distant shrills of the crowd in your head:
I’ll see you on THURSDAY as we learn to QUIET the voices by
HANGING ON when we don’t understand and CARRYING ON when life gets hard.
*BTW: Self Talk: Key to Personal Growth by Dr. David Stoop is one of THE BEST books and tremendously aided in unlocking my chains