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and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10: 5b

I found an interesting challenge today.

I’m not looking at my Artist’s Way book right now - it’s in a pile of books somewhere by my chair, so some of my wording may be different than what I read - but I wanted to share this with you all.

Along with trying to write three pages a day, something called “Morning Pages,” Julia Cameron suggests an exercise to try.

I was surprised it was as effective as it was.

And it’s simple, really.

Just pick a positive sentence to write about yourself.  As the book pertains mostly to creative types, the suggestions were along the lines of:

I am a creative and confident person.

My artwork is valuable and worthwhile.

I make contributions by my beautiful endeavors.

But I see where you can easily change those to reflect the positives in other situations.

I am valuable and worthwhile in God’s eyes.

I am still a contributing part of God’s plan.

God loves me.

You can pick most any positive thought - one that you wished you believed was true about yourself modeled after the above.

Then, after you’ve chosen your affirmation, write it down ten times.

If you are like me, you will a bit dumbfounded by the thoughts that rise to the surface as your writing.

Julia Cameron calls them “blurts.” 

And boy, does my brain blurt out a lot of negativity that is aimed toward myself.

Scripture tells us to take every thought captive.

Writing them down is one way to do that.  Write down those blurts and see them for the lies they are.

You ARE a wonderfully magnificent creation.  It doesn’t matter that are bodies are not what they once were.  The “you” that dwells inside that tent was created by God and created to be loved by God.

Reign in those thoughts.

Counter them with Scripture. (Link to verses as to who we really are in Christ.)

Start telling yourself the truth about who you really are.

(Disclaimer:  This is not intended to be any form of cognitive therapy.  If you feel you will have problems with this exercise, do not do it!  Consult your mental health professional if you have mental health issues, before you try the exercise.)

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The High Places book study starts on January 12!  It’s not too late to join us! 

The site is up and seems to be running well.  If you are one of my test volunteers and have found any problems with the site PLEASE let me know!  I will be sending out usernames and passwords beginning Monday, January 6th.  You’ll have time to introduce yourself (no pressure if you’d rather lurk), and get familiar with the site setup, so come January 12, we can be off and running!

There is still time to join up with those of us who are traveling Much Afraid’s path.  (M.A. is the main character in the story.) Just drop me a note, or leave a comment on the website and let me know you are interested.  Need a book?  They are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.  (Kindle version is $1.99 right now and you can get a free app to read on your phone or computer!)  Need help with the financial part?  Just let me know.  God has taken care of that part, too!

A bit of housekeeping for the Hinds Feet book study.  There are a number of you who have not introduced yourself on the study site.  Please do so, so I will know how many of you are attending and have been successfully able to access the site.  If you don’t want to fully introduce yourself, just say, “Hello!”

If you did not receive the intro letter with your username and password, please contact me through this site.  Also, you might want to check your spam folder for the email.  Make sure that encouraging words at is in your address book!

Hinds Feel on High Places Kindle Edition

Pursue the Intentional Life

Soul Revolution

(I have taken the liberty to enroll in the Amazon Associates Program.  Proceeds from any book purchased through Amazon through this site will go toward providing study books for those who are unable to purchase them on their own.)

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