Welcome back to our fifth week of Me, Myself and Lies online bible study. It seems obvious that we should place God at the center of our thought closets, yet Jennifer Rothschild spent this week of study explaining to us why it is often not the case. She reminds us our mind is like a bookshelf with some new volumes and some dusty heirlooms. As we examined our life books, we opened some pages of past memories and determined if our thoughts were friendly or destructive. She explains “our recollections become friends when we learn from them and allow them to represent God’s benefits. They turn into enemies when we avoid, glorify or ignore them.” I loved it when Jennifer said “tell your soul to look back only to what is profitable,” and then she went on to demonstrate thoughts that sit in alignment with God’s benefits.
On page 113 in our workbooks, we completed an exercise on soul talk. I wish we were in a room together, because I’d love for us to intimately share our answers. I can only say… I signed my letter
sincerely, The Brat!” Then I re-wrote my letter and reversed the words so it became positive soul talk, centered on God benefits.
My favorite quote this week summarizes our entire study:
If we are the center of a thought closet crammed with grumbling, we will clothe ourselves in the tight bright clothing of me, myself and I. -Jennifer Rothschild
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Jennifer Rothschild Quotes
- As your thought closet is filled with the truth of God’s benefit, your life will be wardrobed with His character.
- Complaining always reveals a lack of humility and plenty of self-centeredness.
- We need to tell ourselves to lift up God; otherwise we will naturally lift up ourselves.
- The purpose in attending to your temple is not so you will bring honor to the temple; it is to bring honor to the One who dwells in your temple.
This Week’s Scripture Verse
Using Psalm 103: 3-5 NIV, insert your name into the poem and read aloud:
Praise the LORD __________’s soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives __________’s sins
and heals __________’s diseases,
who redeems __________’ life from the pit
and crowns __________’s with love and compassion,
who satisfies __________’s desires with good things
so that __________’s youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
For Next Week
- Register for the next online bible study Stepping Up Through Psalms
- Read Week Six in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Six Audio or Session Six Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What do you think the difference is between thoughts becoming friend or foe? (page 103 )
- Isaiah 61:3 NIV reminds us we wear a crown of beauty, oil of gladness and a garment of praise. Which of these wardrobe items needs your attention the most in your current season of life? Why?
- Do you have an emblem or keepsake that expresses to your family the benefits of God? If so, describe it. (page 109)
- Share a special memory from this week’s lesson.