Are You Kind to Your Soul?

Do you ever get caught up in negative self-talk? A battle of lies and truths, from which you can’t easily find deliverance? For me, I tend to over analyze things and dwell on things that are bothering me until I can’t really find which way is up and which way is out. Usually, it’s not good and it’s definitely not helpful.

For the past week or so, I’ve been trying to figure out why I’ve been so caught up in overanalyzing everything. I overanalyze how I am raising my kids, my relationships,  friendships, lifestyle choices, it’s just been a season of wrestling my thoughts. A season of giving into the habit of letting those thoughts get negative. Maybe I’m the only one that does this, and you all are free from this kind of self-torture. If so, consider yourself lucky and please skip this post! But, if you – like me – sometimes suffer from a negative head game, where you let emotions get the best of you, He has some truth for you today!

I had been searching, digging into the word, journaling, literally clawing for a way out of this season. Then one morning at 5 am I got out of bed early, I opened my bible and one of my favorite devotional books and He showed up – in about a thousand ways.

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These truths were the fresh lens I needed this week. Photo | Taylor Monaco

Psalms 51: 1-3
Give ear to my words, O Lord
Consider my sighing
Listen to my cry for help
My king and my God
For to you, I pray
In the morning O Lord
You hear my voice
In the morning I lay my requests before you
And wait in expectation

There it was, I can lay my requests before Him and wait in expectation for Him to show up — because He will! He hears us. I was certainly sighing in frustration and He was considering my sighs, hearing me, letting me know to expect Him. So, I did, I began expecting to see his truths. And then this…

2 Corinthians 4:13 | It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.

This devotion encouraged us to walk and talk and proclaim the truth that we believe. We have the power to speak truth over ourselves, speak positives over ourselves, and speak His love over ourselves when we are desperately needing it.

That power to speak in belief is ours, in Him! What a victory! And oh friends, hang on, it gives even better!

Romans 8:17 | If we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.


Are you kind to your soul?
Do you consider yourself a co-heir with Christ? Do you dare to speak and believe what Jesus says is true about you because of Jesus? I realized I wasn’t. And, that’s was needed to deliver me from the head game. Soul-kindness. And through these verses, I found the hope I desperately needed.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 | Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is in the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory are being transformed into his likeness with every increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit!

He is the remover of the veil and the giver of freedom. He is working on me, transforming, and when he is finished, I will look like Jesus!

So I decided to ask the question, what lies have I been wrestling with? And, what is true of me, in Jesus?

Here’s what I came up with:
Lies and struggles:

  1. I am not good enough
  2. I can’t be changed without the right direction from people in my life
  3. I am not deep enough to figure out how to get out of the head game
  4. I don’t have what it takes for real change
  5. People will think I am crazy, or silly
  6. I am too full of sin
  7. I make the same mistakes over and over
  8. I’m too emotional
  9. God can’t reach me
  10. I have too many walls up

And once I was able to identify them, He was good to show me what was real.

Truths and freedom:

  1. I reflect the Lord’s glory (1 Cor 3:16-18)
  2. I am an heir of Christ (Rom 8:17)
  3. The life of Jesus is in me (2 Cor 4:10)
  4. I am a child of God! (John 1:12)
  5. I am a friend of Jesus (John 15:15)
  6. I am NOT a slave to sin (Rom 6:6)
  7. I am accepted by Christ (Rom 15:7)
  8. In Christ, I have wisdom. (Yep, just me and Jesus is all it takes, regardless of who is in my life pouring into me.) (1 Cor 1:30)
  9. The hardening of my mind has been removed. (The head game is gone, that’s biblical!) 2 Cor 3:14
  10. I am FREE in Christ (Gal 5:1)

Friends, thanks for sticking with me through this post, I know it was long. But, amen, praise the God who delivers us from the hardening of our mind, the drowning we do in our own thoughts and emotions, and the lies of the enemy that steal our joy, and mask the truth, which is freedom of Him and His intense love for us. I pray for you that he will open your heart to respond to His world like he did for me this week (Acts 16:14).

 

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11 thoughts on “Are You Kind to Your Soul?

  1. Ah – what an insightful list you’ve made of all the reasons we struggle and the lies we “hear”. .. and the list of truths were wonderful!

    Thank you!

    I’m imagining what an encouragement these lists could be for a spouse to speak truth – gently – into their loved one’s heart… to strengthen their faith in God. I like your term, “soul kindness”. Yes.

    • Oh what a great idea, speaking truth to your spouse in all of this! Thanks Lori 🙂

  2. AH-MAZING! My husband was getting on to me about this very thing not one hour ago! I was truly blessed. thank you!!

  3. beautiful and true. we are so much more than allow ourselves to think. We are so hard and critical on ourselves.

  4. I can relate to this so much right now. God keeps reminding me to lay it ALL at His feet and He will come through. Thank you for this beautiful truth!

    • Thanks Natalie!

  5. Love this reminder <3 Thank you so much for sharing. There needs to be so much more of this out in the virtual world.

  6. You did the best thing you could in the middle of the uncertainty. God’s Word will always give us the truth we need to combat the lies. Thank you for providing a great resource of scripture for us to turn to!

  7. I love this question…..am I kind to my soul…thank you for this post.

    • Thanks Lori!

  8. Wonderful insight!

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