Wednesday, July 9, 2008

ECHO, Echo, echo

ECHO, ECho, Echo, echo. There’s an echo in my head again—that echo from the past. It bounces around the wall in my mind and then ricochets off the wall of my heart.

MIND, heart. MIND, heart. MIND, heart.

She doesn’t like me.
I’m overlooked again, Lord. Why do people keep skipping over me?
Maybe I’m just not good enough.
Nothing I have to offer is of any value anymore.
It’s too difficult. I should quit.


STOP!

Something in my mind reminds me to get my thoughts in line with Him. It is from the louder echo of my heart.
HEART. Mind. HEART. Mind. HEART. Mind.


“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

“…stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.”
1 Corinthians 14:20

“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
Jeremiah 32:27


Thank goodness for the power of His Word, which echoes upon the walls of my heart and mind. It has trumped the power of my flesh, and it has the victory over the thoughts from the devil, thanks be to Jesus.


Which echo looms around in your mind from the past?

You can snuff it out with the sword of His Spirit, which is the Word of God. So bathe in it. Listen to it. Speak it. Read it. Sing it. Dance to it. Draw it. Write it.

Learn to love it and live it.

Rely upon it.

Until His echoes are the only ones you hear.


I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
Psalm 119:11

9 friends shared a comment:

Patty Wysong said...

I had to come get my fix--I'm missing you greatly, girl!!

Such a good reminder for us! These verses really draw us back to focusing on God. Thank you. I needed this one--I just did Algebra and NEED to refocus!
Huggles!

Josh said...

A lot of past thoughts have been echoing in my head and haunting me lately. This is a good reminder to turn to the Voice of Truth and listen to him instead.

I hope you are having fun on your vacation. Good to see you still posting. :)

Joanne Sher said...

Ohh - such truth here - and just what I needed to hear today (you seem to have a way of doing that to me, dear girl!).
Thanks for giving me "my fix." Love ya!

The Surrendered Scribe said...

Simply amazing. A perfect, timely post. Thank you!

Dee Yoder said...

Well, Laura, I'm struggling today with feeling inadequate because of my physical limitations, so your message to look to the Lord for my worth is right on target for me today. It's difficult to convince myself that even if I can't lift a finger to do anything for the kingdom, for my family, for my friends today, the Lord loves me JUST the same. His love for me isn't based on my ability to DO anything. Yes, Jesus values me the same as He always has...enough to go to the cross for me. That kind of love never changes!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Here's one...

"This is as good as it gets, elaine."

One of my personal favorites. It's been creeping up a lot lately. Trying to take all thoughts captive by reprogramming them with God's Word.

peace~elaine

eph2810 said...

What beautiful thoughts. You are right - sometimes the devil just wants us to be miserable...
My favorite book of the Bible is Philippians - the book of encouragement in my eyes....

Blessings to you and yours...

PS: Have to check out the book in your sidebar - cool that you got published :)

Tracy said...

Wow! My first trip here and this was incredibly impacting.

I have a number of old tapes that love to play over and over in my head...sometimes I slip into anxiety mode before the Lord gently reminds me those thoughts are lies. I'm slowly learning to immediately recognize the attacks of the enemy and quickly call on the Lord, and as you said soak myself in His Word "until His echoes are the only ones I hear." Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable reminder (and for stopping by my blog today). Nice to "meet" you.

Blessings,
Tracy

Blessed One said...

WOW! Were you in my head today, or what!? Why is it so easy to believe the lies of the enemy, rather than the loving truths of our Father? Thank you for posting this. I really hope you're having fun on your vacation! Blessings! ~ Tracy