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X Is for ‘Xcellent Thoughts

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And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. . . . Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9   We’ve talked a lot about change from the inside out. But what does that really look like? What is God’s role and what is my role? Generally, your role is to cooperate with God, always giving Him permission to work in your life in all areas. There’s little to do but to focus on God (not your actions or attitudes). God won’t think your thoughts for you. You can choose to access your Spirit-controlled mind or you can choose to slide into worldly thinking or the thoughts of your old sinful self. It’s not so much that you’re doing anything to create change, as it is a matter of participating in change by following the...

Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves

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I don’t often publish book reviews of general writing books, but here’s one I read last year so I included the review I posted on Goodreads. It’s not a Christian book by any means, but writing books don’t have to be religious. 🙂 This particular book helps discouraged writers reframe their negative thoughts into positive ones. This helps change momentum, optimism, and ultimately results. I should print the 299 thoughts on toilet paper so I could read them every day! (But the author might not like me saying that!)   Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves by Eric Maisel My rating: 4 of 5 stars As the title sounds, Write Mind a list of negative things writers say to themselves and the positive statements to replace the negative ones. Eric Maisel’s concepts had resonated with me before so I thought this would be helpful and I was right....

Overcoming Negative Self Talk by John Strange

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Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with the Truth of the Gospel John Strange 2014 172 pages   Negative self-talk can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Author John Strange suggests we need to begin by understanding the gospel—the good news about Jesus paying our penalty to buy our freedom through His grace. As we apply the gospel to our lives, we will find the false beliefs at the root of our negative self-talk. The author advises us to acknowledge our pain and examine our beliefs. He suggests we make a list of the things we say to ourselves and read it to a friend. Address each comment to your friend as if saying it to and about her. Then watch her reaction. The look on her face will become a visual reminder for how we should feel about telling ourselves these things. You would never say that to a friend, so why are you saying it to yourself? After identifying negative...