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My thoughts…they aren’t deep so don’t get too excited…
but I wanted to share a few thoughts…It’s 5:59am on Sunday morning
and I’ve been up for a couple of hours because I can’t sleep…
I shot a wedding yesterday and for some reason that’s what I do…
I can sleep just fine the night before but the night after the wedding
I toss and turn and am so hyped up. So after a cup off coffee (I’m fixing to get
my second cup!) and doing some reading after my devotion
I decided to blog…I mean what else should I be doing while
the rest of the world is sleeping…right?!?!!

About a month ago now a friend sent me a text saying something
that went like this…
“I was reading a book the other day and read a chapter I want to
share with you…just remind me next time we talk!”
Well fast forward about two weeks after we finally talked on the phone…
I ended up asking her if she could send me a copy
of that chapter…well she sent me the whole book!!!
Well the reader that I am n.o.t. I have actually enjoyed it…
It’s a book I will probably read again…and again, surprisingly!
But it is laid out in small chapters so I feel like I’m accomplishing
something when I read…and being so busy I don’t feel like I have
to set aside an hour to read a chapter…you know I can take 5 minutes
gather a few thoughts from it and move on.

All of that to say I have thoroughly enjoyed it and after reading several
chapters this morning I thought I would share a few thoughts that
I got from it.
The author Paul David Tripp is taking Psalms 27 as his basis and one
chapter is titled “You’re talking to Yourself”. Admit it we all do that
throughout our life…our week…our day…all the time!
His quote is this:
“No one is more influential in your life than you are,
because no one talks to you more than you do. You are in an
unending conversation with yourself. You are talking
to yourself all the time, interpreting, organizing and
analyzing what’s going on inside you and around you.”
It’s true…right?

He goes on to say that you are constantly involved in an
internal conversation that greatly influences the things you decide,
say and do. In Psalms 27 that’s what David is doing…he is
exhorting himself in the midst of his trouble not to run away
from God but to run to God.

So a few questions the author asks is:
“What do you regularly tell yourself about yourself, God and your circumstances?
Do the words to yourself encourage faith, hope and courage? or do they
stimulate doubt, discouragement and fear? Do you encourage yourself
to run to God even when you don’t understand what he is doing?
or do you give yourself permission to back away from him when you are
confused by the seeming distance between what he has
promised and what you are experiencing?”
How wholesome, faith-driven and Christ-centered is the
conversation that you have with yourself every day? “

He ends the small chapter with this…Rest in the rescuing grace
of the One who is called Wonderful Counselor.

PS I can’t have a blog post without an image…
This was taken in Yosemite National Park from my trip a few weeks ago.
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  • Ashley - Love this. Thank you for giving me something to think about on a Sunday morning when I was just sad about not making it to Church since before Thatcher was born. I am so ready to get back but we’re waiting for shots 🙂

    I once read something similar about how the only person you spend 24 hours a day with is you, so you better learn to love yourself and be the best you possible. I like this perspective better, though!

  • Aaron - Thanks for telling about the book, this sounds like a really good read for me personally. To me what’s also neat and a blessing is how some of those questions kind of blended in with Sunday’s message. I should blog more often! 😀

  • Erin Rachel - yeh kind of neat how that worked out on Sunday morning…

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