Dear one, sometimes we get disappointing news. We don’t get the job/promotion we want, our house leaks, our brilliant kiddo is failing in school because they refuse to do their homework, our spouse wants a divorce, a loved one died, the washing machine is broken and there’s 2-weeks worth of laundry to do, or any myriad of disappointing news of varying levels of discouragement. Whatever it is, our heart is heavy and it feels as if there is a weight upon your chest.
What do you do? How do you get back to yourself? How do you get the weight to lift? Well, I’ve dealt with a fair share of disappointing news over the last year and today, it sits on my chest. I recently wrote about some ways to work through anxious feelings and am using some of those techniques this afternoon, but what about when the audio track of your mind keeps telling you that you aren’t worth “it” – that you’ll never get that which you seek – that which you know the LORD has promised you.
Here’s what you do. (What I am doing for myself right now!) You tell the devil he is a liar and you remember that God keeps His promises. In His own time. In His own way. And you replace those negative thoughts with the truth from God’s Word.
- I am created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)
- I am loved by God (Romand 5:6-8 and so many more! For an article on this, click here)
- I have been given a spirit of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
- I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
- I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
- I am God’s coworker (2 Corinthians 6:1)
- I am a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22)
- I share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6)
- God’s power works through me (Ephesians 3:7)
- I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
- I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ’s love is (Ephesians 3:18)
- I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19)
- I can bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21)
- I have been called (Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9)
- For a much longer list of these identity statements, click here
Then, do something you love. Something that brings you joy. For me, today, it’s writing. In the past, it has been playing the flute, singing, reading, playing soccer. Think about those activities that bring you joy and do one. Add a comment below with an activity that brings you joy.
Finally, it’s OK to veg out for a bit. Pick a wholesome TV show – something that will help lift you up rather than bring you down – or a good book that will do the same.
Remember who you are in Christ. Retrain your brain and change your thought pattern. Do something you love. You’ve got this. God’s got this.