I got an email with that as the subject line. Now, that will get your attention, won’t it?
It was from a woman whom I will call Veronica. She says she is a chronic worrier and has panic attacks. She reads her Bible and prays, but speaks really damaging self-talk to herself.
She needed some encouraging advice…
So, I spilled the beans on how to turn worry in to peace through prayer.
“I look awful, enormous and disgusting in this dress. I would rather die than be seen in public wearing this horrible piece of fabric.”
That’s what I overheard in the dressing room next to mine as I tried on a pair of jeans.
I grinned knowingly because I’ve been there, have you? I have thought similar thoughts and used similar words for similar reasons.
As heard on KLOVE Jan 2010; Excerpted from Self Talk, Soul Talk by Jennifer Rothschild (Harvest House, 2007)
In 1991 I was invited to sing the national anthem for an Atlanta Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to that warm July evening, I had only sung the national anthem once publicly—at the opening of the little league season in West Palm Beach, Florida. Let’s just say that first experience was a whole lot less intimidating.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is a stirring, wonderful song, but no one has ever claimed it’s easy to sing. I was so nervous. I rehearsed madly, consumed bottles of Maalox…and then it was time to step out on the field. A reverent hush fell upon the stadium as the players removed their caps, and Old Glory flapped in the wind.
I began. “Oh, say can you see…”
So far, so good.