When you feel insecure, turn to the Scriptures and “let God’s Word finish your sentences.” This powerful encouragement from The Best Yes! came just after our pastor encouraged us to start talking to ourselves. Not in the absent-minded-professor sort of way, but like David did in the Psalms.
Over and over again, when David was struggling, he spoke Truth to himself. We should do the same. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, doubt, loneliness, or depression, we need to speak God’s Truth to our hearts by “letting God’s Word finish our sentences.”
Read the Scriptures
We have been given a gift that most Christians in most eras did not have: God’s Word in our homes in our language that we can read for ourselves. One of the best ways we can speak Truth to ourselves is to immerse our minds and hearts in the Scriptures. It’s not always easy to find time for the Bible as a busy Mom, but by reading the Bible with our kids we all get to benefit.
Memorize the Scriptures
Memorizing makes the words part of you in ways that just reading can’t. Plus, no matter where we are or what we are doing, if God’s Word is hidden in our hearts, we can let it “finish our sentences.” Each of us faces different struggles, but there is Truth for each situation. We just need to look for it.
Here are a few of the Truths that I desperately need to finish, and change, my own sentences.
When angry or unkind words want to spill out: “A gracious woman retains honor” and “The law of kindness is on her lips.”
When worry creeps into my heart and clouds my understanding: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
When I feel overwhelmed, physically or emotionally: “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”
Talk to the Fountain of Truth
It’s embarrassing to admit how often I think I can barrel through my problems and attitudes alone, instead of turning to Fountain of Truth. Jesus came to give you and me communion with Him and His Father, so that we can worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
Sing the Scriptures
I heard once that it is impossible to grumble while actively praising God. So far, I’ve found it to be true. Honestly, sometimes I’d rather hang on to my grumbles. But when I choose to obey the command to give thanks “in everything” and “sing joyfully to the Lord” my troubles start to shrink and I can find something to be grateful about.
Spend time with God’s people
God did not create us for isolation. He created us for fellowship. Through the joys and messes of life, fellowship with other Christians helps sharpen and point us to Jesus.
Talk Truth to yourself
The world, the flesh, and the devil conspire to feed us lies. By letting God’s word finish our sentences and shape our hearts, we can combat the lies with Truth.
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