Talking to yourself

I talk to myself far more than I would like to admit. Sometimes saying something out loud can turn a muddle into something coherent. It allows me to think through options that have been bouncing around my head or when I am feeling down about something. 

Talking to yourself  allows you to debate both side of an augment, the pros and cons of a problem which isn't always possible with another person. 

David did a lot of talking, in particular how he was feeling, his struggles and when he was discouraged. But his talking had a purpose and it was to encourage himself in the Lord and we too need to have the same conversations as David did. 



As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

Psalm 42:1-5

Notice how he talks to himself in a way that turns around his negative thinking. In the fifth verse of Psalm 42 we read "Why are you cast down, O my soul?" then moves to remembering God's goodness in past times. It is something we can remember. We often focus on the negative and the things getting us down, when we should be putting our focus on all the good that we have received from God. 

Another thing about David was he wasn't afraid to talk about his darker feelings and doubts — how often do you hear, in particular, men not wanting to talk about their emotions. David is a perfect example of a man doing just that. He voices his doubts and questions out loud to God, but immediately he come back to the truth of praising and hoping in God. 

Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him

Its ok to speak out loud about your feelings, often it helps articulate how you are feeling. And for some, just hearing the words out loud can be enough to make sense of the problem and realise it isn't as big or as bad as you have thought. 

But remember, don't end on a note of negativeness, but one of praise and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Praise God and acknowledge that in His hands, nothing is impossible. 

So when you talk to yourself, remember to focus on what the Lord has done for you as this will stop you from making your day worse with discouraging thoughts. 



Comments

  1. Thanks for giving me permission to continue my madness 😉

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    1. It's problematic when you do it whilst walking on the streets or shops!!!!! People looks at you weirdly 😂😂😂

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  2. I love your cartoon... and I have thought that I should have a sign that says, "Sometimes when it looks like I am talking to myself, I am actually praying." :) I do talk to the Lord often through the day... even when driving!

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    1. I certainly pray as I am driving - it is the perfect time to have a long conversation :)

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