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Today’s Truth

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:5

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The morning alarm sounded. I batted thin air, trying to shut off the noise without opening my eyes. Suddenly, it hit me. An epiphany that yes, I had overslept!!! By 45 minutes!! I’m guessing you can relate to the pandemonium that followed. I rushed 5 kids through an exceptionally abbreviated morning routine and somehow managed to pull up in front of the school only 15 minutes after the bell rang. I remembered the “I-love-you’s” and breathed a huge sigh of relief.

But as I pulled away from the curb, a wave of self-reproach folded over me. “How could you do this? What kind of mother sleeps through her alarm?” The belittling questions streaming through my mind overwhelmed my heart. “You shouldn’t have laid back down for ‘just a few minutes.” I felt powerless to stop it. Negative internal chatter over a rough start to the day threatened to ruin the entire day.

You’ve been there, haven’t you? Whether it was one small decision you wish you could change or a bigger mistake that couldn’t be reversed, the ticker tape of your mind rolled with continual adverse thoughts. One thought led to another that led to another and before you knew it, you felt consumed by the tornado of pessimism.

Maybe you’ve read all the quick fixes on thinking positive thoughts. But thinking positively requires more than just stopping the negative swirl of the mind. It requires digging deep and making a choice. The choice to set your mind on truth. Making that choice is often contrary to feelings, isn’t it?

Today’s Scripture focus helps us understand the power in our choice. Paul, the writer of the book of Romans, explains that when we choose negative thoughts? We are setting our minds on temporary issues that die. Things that fade away. But when we choose to place our minds on the truth of God’s Word, it creates a lasting impact. Our temporary world of thoughts is peaceful, and life is breathed into our souls.

Whether the issue is worry, anxiety, fear, anger or self-confidence, the truth of God’s Word must be our guide to replacing negative internal chatter. The simple choice of setting our minds on the truth of God’s Word in place of our fleshly temporal thoughts contains the power to change not just a single moment or a day, but our entire lives!

Let’s begin with choosing to meditate on today’s truth and the following prayer!

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, Thank You for the truth of Your Word. When anxious, belittling, or negative thoughts threaten to overwhelm me, help me recall Your promises. Give me the strength, time, and energy to saturate my mind with Your truth so that it replaces the negative thought trap I so easily fall into.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What is one promise of God you hold on to in times of stress or discouragement?

Challenge yourself to exchange your negative go-to thought for God’s promise.

More from the Girlfriends

If exchanging a negative mindset for the truth of God’s Word sounds like an awesome plan, then you’ll find more detailed steps in chapter 10 of Rachel’s book, One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up.

13 Responses to “Overcoming Negative Internal Chatter”

  1. Esther says:

    I love you Jesus my Lord. I trust in you and your word. I will only have great devotion and positive thoughts in knowing you will bring Mauro home. My heart and my being is yours and I will follow you. 🙂

  2. Gaylon Warner says:

    Amen! Live this! So true.

  3. Mary says:

    Man do I struggle with this..anxiety..fear worry..negative chatter..please pray for me to overcome..I have been working on this for so so long. Any advice from this who have beaten this ?

  4. Kathy says:

    Philippians 4:13

    I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

    Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  5. Kathy M. says:

    Thank you for the reminder. God’s word is truth. The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need. He makes me rest. He refreshes me. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake. There is so much more. How Great is our God!

  6. Noni says:

    Mary, it is a process. Be as kind and patient with yourself as you would to a friend who is going through similar circumstances. Be a student of God’s Word, focusing on who He says that you are through Christ. When you have anxiety, immediately stop the thought and replace it with God’s Truth. Whenever possible, listen to worship music. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for His help. Immerse yourself in Him. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

  7. Rachel Wojo says:

    Amen! Thank you for the Scripture reminders!!

  8. Fiona says:

    I get the importance of holding onto and focusing on God’s words and truth. But yes it is so hard. I had a close friend say some things in anger a month ago. I can still hear it in my head. It repeats in my sleep. It is on “repeat play” inside my head. It would make much more sense for me to repeat what God thinks about me over and over instead. But some how it’s just not what I am managing right now.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    God brought my eyes to this devotion as I have not made time to glean from His work. Struggling with my husband’s mistake of unfaithfulness and trying to be positive and not make it about me and what I must lack as a Godly and desirable wife for him to have been able to engage. This was just what I needed. My strength is found in Him, the Lord! I am reminded by The shared scripture Psalm 34:18. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Thank you so much! And so my journey begins.

  10. Brooke says:

    My comment is in response to Mary. If you have prayed, and meditated on and read Scripture, and talked with Godly friends, your pastor etc without any relief, I would suggest that you talk to your Dr about medicine for anxiety. I think most people have some anxiety/worry at times, but when the anxiety is overwhelming your life, it’s horrible. I will be praying for you.

  11. Beth says:

    I’ve got a new one now! To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. I desperately needed this. I recently accepted a long anticipated new position and by all appearances it should have been a smooth transition. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After 25+ years in my profession, having received high marks and accolades I find myself in a situation where every single moment is dealing with constant severely toxic people, negatively challenging circumstances and really bad decisions. I hate, no, despise this job unlike ANY other job that I have EVER held before in in my life! In less than two months I have seen my professional life pass before my eyes and I have been tempted to leave my field altogether because of what I’ve seen and experienced. I believe in excellence and order and I feel like I was brought in under false pretenses, but that’s neither here nor there. The evil swirling around me daily is bigger than me, but not bigger than God. I have a hard time with those negative voices telling me that I haven’t done enough and could do more- which is a lie when I KNOW that I am doing all that I can. I have people who have no idea of what my position involves telling me that I’m not doing enough, or not doing it “right”. I have NO problem with trying new methods, but they aren’t addressing the core issues at the foundation of the problems. My challenge is reminding myself that it’s not my place to try to change any of these people, and the way that they are isn’t my fault. God has me in this job for a reason, and it might not be for nothing more than for me to just put on that full armor every day and to STAND, or to maybe influence one or two people around me. I’m powerless alone, but with God’s help I can do all things. Thanks for this devotional!

  12. ALEXANDRIA says:

    I have struggled withthia for years and I feel right now it’s hitting worse than ever. Me and now my x husband are on separate ways due to numerous things but infidelity being the number one. I wake up each morning still breathing but I feel like I’m dying. My mind races constantly of what I did, what I didn’t do the list goes on. Reading todays devotional I’m trying my hardest to redirect my mind

  13. Yvonne says:

    It is amazing how often I skip the reading of these GIG devotionals, and sometimes save them to be read later. However, whenever, I am facing a particular trial, I am always led by the Holy Spirit to “read the one for today!” Sure enough – just what my Dr. God ordered!
    Thank God for the power of prayer, for courage, wisdom and strength to face the challenges in life. I also thank Him that He is never too busy to listen! I am assured each time, that “this too shall pass!” Hallelujah!!🙏

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