I talk to myself a lot. Many years ago I attended a photo scrap book workshop with my friend Caroline. She looked at me from across the table filled with photos, scissors, colorful papers, stickers, and trims and said, “Rach do you know you talk to yourself while you’re working?”
“Do I? I’m sure you’re correct.” I nodded.
She went on to tease me as she gave her best impression of my logomania. “Oh, I could use this photo over here and that would make room for these two right here. Or I could put a piece of red paper underneath this one to tie in the photo of Michael’s red shirt on the right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that would balance nicely!”
She clapped her hands together rapidly the way I do when I’m excited and continued. “Yay! That looks great. Boom!” She crinkled up her nose as she snickered to herself because of her good impression of my diarrhea of the mouth.
Caroline hit the nail on the head. I do talk to myself. I heard it was a sign of intelligence. Hey, I’ll take that. Do you talk to yourself? Try it!
I talk to myself in the car too. If I go that way it will be quicker. The light is turning red I should turn right here and go to the grocery store. Today I did a bit of talking to myself in my journal. I guess that’s called writing.
Thank you God for being:
- My Strong Tower
- Wonderful Counselor
- Almighty God
- The Lover of My Soul
Then I went on to talk to myself through a few of His promises.
Promise: God plans good for you:
- For the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18.
- I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. Jeremiah 32:40
Promise: God will be with you in hard times.
- When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isaiah 43: 2a
Promise: God will not bring any unnecessary suffering into your life.
- Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men. Lamentations 3:32 – 33
I also talked to myself with this list:
- The LORD will work it all out.
- God loves me.
- Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.
- His grace is sufficient for me.
- Everything works out for good in the end – so if it’s not good it’s not the end. ( Romans 8:28 loosely quoted by Kris Vallotton)
- God is for me – he’s not against me.
Faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17. When we hear ourself talk we are able to build our faith in the unfailing and faithful God. Do you talk to yourself? It’s key. Say a few of the the promises above aloud. Talk to yourself. Try it!