Forgetful. That’s me! The thing that drives me crazy about being forgetful is that I can’t remember what I forgot! How about you?
I forget my kids’ names. I forget phone numbers and appointments and birthdays. So, I write down all that important stuff (not my kids names, I really do know those) and then I forget where I put the paper. Girl, it’s bad sometimes!
That’s what my sweet southern grandma used to tell me every time I visited her. “Mama” taught me a lot through her words and her life. I giggle now at that stern admonishment. As a little girl I vowed I would never watch one — even though I had no idea what in the world a “so-popper” was.
Now, be aware that each time my petite Mama preached her anti-so-popper doctrine; she was sipping a Coca-Cola and her eyes were glued to Days of our Lives or All My Children.
It was not until I was a young adult that I finally realized what she was actually warning me against. The words “soap operas” had gotten lost in her thick as sweet-southern-molasses Georgia accent. While that is actually really good advice from my grandmother, even greater wisdom comes from her favorite Psalm. She quoted it to me often. (Just not during the soaps!)
Have you ever noticed the things you say to yourself — and believe?
I could never do that. They don’t like me. I am such an idiot!
You wouldn’t talk that way to anyone else, yet phrases like these constantly flow through your mind, leaving you insecure and defeated.
Girl, I have been there too! The things I said to myself shook my confidence and kept me stuck in defeat until I learned how to get rid of those lies and start speaking positive, biblical truth to my soul.
Do you want to get rid of some of your stinking thinking? Do you need to change what you say to yourself? Yep… even if you’ve got a pretty good habit of not beating yourself up with your words, we all need to review what we say when we talk to ourselves, refresh our inner vocabulary and refine what we say so it matches up with God’s Truth.
There are just some of us who are “sparky!” You know, red-hot personalities, full of passion. Down right dynamite! And, then there are some of us who are like a peaceful stream, calm and calming, rarely riled up and making waves.
I just completed your Bible study Me, Myself and Lies. It was extremely rewarding and beneficial to me. I just have one question. First, a little background on me. I have been very blessed. I was raised in church by great parents and married a great Christian man and have two daughters.
I try so diligently to lead a devout Christian life in my job. Most people at my job do not lead Christian lifestyles, so I feel I have to work extremely hard to lead by example. I have one serious problem that I really have trouble keeping under control, and that is my mouth. I can’t keep anything a secret. I pray everyday that God will help me keep my mouth shut.
I have really been very good all year until now. I overheard something about my boss that involved my co-workers, and we were discussing it before work one morning. Later, somehow the boss heard about it and confronted me in front of my peers. Very embarrassing. I do not understand why I always get caught. Everyone was discussing it, but he only heard that it was me. It ruined my entire Christmas vacation and I am in deep depression.
What do you do if you have these bad thoughts in your thought closet and they are warranted? I am truly in the wrong and I should not be gossiping. I do not want to be known as a gossip. I want to be able to keep my mouth shut. The only thing I know to do is to isolate myself at work and just stay to myself. I do not have any good feelings in my thought closet at all now about myself.