It's hard to believe that this is the seventh week of the study. It's a great book with so much to think about and digest. This week was especially interesting and gave me lots to reflect upon.
The author said something that has struck me,"Emotions are a gift from God, but they were meant to enhance life, not rule it." She hit a chord with me. I have always been an emotional person and I realize that there were times that I let my emotions get away with me. I found the following so helpful.
Sometimes my emotions try to get the best of me. Thoughts that are negative and hurt me start filtering in. Anabel Gillham gives this thoughtful list for Managing Your Thoughts. It's the Five Rs: "Recognize the thought as sin, Refuse to accept the thought as yours and don't dwell on it. You know where it's coming from. Reckon yourself dead to the power of sin (Romans 6:7) Rest in knowing that you are in Christ and He is in you. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ and He is in you. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ, dust yourself off, confess that you listened to the Deceiver and actually believed his lies."
The author asks us: "Identify a negative thought that the enemy often uses against you."
I would have to say that since a little girl I have had a tape playing in my head that says, "You just aren't good enough." Although I realize that this is a lie from the Deceiver, I still struggle with this thought that floats into my mind whenever I am asked to take on a special project, give a presentation, anything that needs some extra self-confidence. I don't want to give the impression that I believe I should have all my confidence in myself. My confidence is in the Lord. I think though that a Christian should know that having the abilities to accomplish specific endeavors comes through the Lord. I believe this could be what the Lord is showing me I need to do, take the focus off Trish and put it solely in the Lord.