Welcome back to the Womens Bible Cafe as we discuss week two of Me, Myself and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild. We’re talking about the labels inside our hearts, labels given to us by parents or labels we created for ourselves. Our labels can be “destructive, discouraging or untrue tags from a definitive source” explains Jennifer. She warns “we often transfer anger from the painful label to the person who stuck it on us.” Give this some thought, and meditate on your own labels and their source. Knowing where our hurtful or untrue labels come from, we can then follow the 3-steps recommended by Jennifer: 1) Crush the lie 2) Capture the thought and 3) Concur with truth. Page 36 in the workbook has a list of 22 truthful labels. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to wake up each day and meditate on these truths!
We examined our fact, fate and faith labels and looked at the story of Naomi wearing a gloom-and-doom label instead of “favored by God.” Imagine for a moment that she is wearing a sackcloth instead of a royal robe. Her label was based on her struggle and circumstances, not on faith. What we clothe ourselves in does not always reflect truth. “We are to wear faith labels and to speak statements of faith to our soul no matter our circumstances- no matter the fact,” advises Jennifer. Do we have the MIND of Christ,or the mind of a Pharisee polluted by pride? Our faulty assumptions pollute the mind, creating a stench in our thought closets. A careful examination of the roots of our thoughts offers the opportunity to clean the mess and produce spiritual fruit.
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Jennifer Rothschild Quotes
- A label only becomes yours if you allow it.
- Labels mark us by someone elses’ perception.
- We are to wear faith labels and speak statements of faith.
- Wear the faith label and fix your eyes on the unseen; it gives you eternal perspective.
- Unless we tell ourselves scriptural truths, we will conform to the world through faulty thinking.
This Week’s Scripture Verse
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. Psalm 19:13 NIV
For Next Week
- Read Week Three in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Three Audio or Session Three Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Are you wearing the faith label “Favored by God” and if not, why?
- Describe a time when you experienced a disconnect because of labels. (page 37)
- Which character do you best relate: Martha, Jezebel, Rachel or Job’s Wife? Why? (page 47)
- Share something you enjoyed from this week’s lesson.