A Mind Reset
It’s a new day.
I look at my digital calendar, which works essentially as my to-do list. Many of the blocks are already full with daily things:
- make biscuits
- pay bills
- take a shower
- renew library books
I look at the things I want to add in:
- order new grandbaby photos
- answer blog comments
- renew a year-delayed breakfast date
- plus SO MUCH MORE
There aren’t enough blocks of time. I keep scrolling through the list.
My mind gets itchy. How can I fit it all in? I know I can’t.
And then I land on an item I added a few months ago. I scheduled it to show up on my list every day.
And every day I need to read it. And do it.
“I don’t have to finish today. It’s okay to never finish.”
It’s not really an item to do. It doesn’t have a time block. But as I read it every morning, I try to do it.
It resets my mind.
I need reminders like this. Things I already know, but that easily slip away.
It’s why I’m a fan of Paul’s advice in Philippians 4:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Think on these things. Good things. God things.
My random thoughts need guardrails when they start wandering astray.
Dwell on These Things
Because I need little mindset changes throughout the day, I was drawn to read this new book by John Stange, Dwell on These Things: A Thirty-One-Day Challenge to Talk to Yourself Like God Talks to You.
The voices we listen to the most are our own.
What if we change what we speak to ourselves?
In the book Dwell on These Things, we get 31 positive, godly truths to repeat to ourselves. Stange gives examples from his own life as well as from scripture to accompany each truth.
We’re reminded that Jesus quoted the truths of God when he was countering the lies of Satan in the wilderness. Stange says we can do the same thing, replacing the lies we tell ourselves by talking to ourselves with the words God would use instead.
Each chapter/day begins with a truth, such as:
- Day 1: You are loved more deeply than you realize.
- Day 7: You can rely on God’s unconditional love.
- Day 11: Make the most of your privilege to repent.
The middle of each chapter contains a few pages of devotional material to read.
Then each chapter concludes with the exact words to speak over yourself, like these:
- Dwell on this (Day 1): Today I will remember that in Christ I am loved more deeply than I realize.
- Dwell on this (Day 7): Though people with whom I have conditional relationships may disinvite and abandon me, I can rely on God’s unconditional love today and every day.
- Dwell on this (Day 11): Repentance isn’t terrifying; it’s a privilege that Jesus is calling me to make the most of today and every day.
This is a good book, especially if you are struggling with a lot of negative self-talk. You can thumb through the chapters to find the messages you need the most each day, or just read the book straight through.
How can I change my negative way of thinking?
By thinking on better things.
Do you need to challenge your self-talk? Share in the comments.
- Don’t Believe Everything You Think
- 6 Mantras to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say
- How to Stop Being So Negative
- How to Harness the Voice in Your Head
My thanks to Net Galley and WaterBrook
& Multnomah for the review copy of this book
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