We’ve just finished our first week of study in Me, Myself and Lies a Thought Closet Makeover by Jennifer Rothschild. It’s not too late to join us in study, for workbook information click here. This week we examined our own life words and death words, and discovered our personal thought thesauros. We had a chance to examine our “I am” statements and became aware of the differences between human thoughts and godly thoughts. Jennifer asks us to consider what our thought closets would look like if we meditated on God’s thoughts and not our own. On page 24 she helped us focus on the eight categories of Philippians 4:8 NASB and suggested we meditate on these thoughts. It may help if you get a 3 x 5 index card and write this down- then look at it during the day. By the end of this week’s lesson, we had a good idea of the difference between “what if” thoughts and “what is” thoughts.
If you are having difficulty connecting thoughts to a closet filled with clothes, you might want to consider the image presented by Dr. Caroline Leaf. She suggests your brain resembles a forest of trees, one connected to another. In your forest, bad thoughts attach themselves to the treetops and they multiply like weeds. Eventually the bad thoughts become so congested, they clog out the good thoughts. You can read more about this in her book Who Switched Off My Brain. She writes “Toxic thoughts destabilize the brain and create broken feedback loops….There is a certain point when you can control the thought and decide whether to accept it or reject it.” In our bible study, we’re learning how to shift gears and stop negative thoughts before they choke the spiritual life out of us. Once we discover what’s inside out thought closet, we can clean it up and fill it with truth.
Jennifer suggest scripture memorization to reprogram the thoughts in your closet. Please join us here in the Womens Bible Cafe as we memorize 24 scripture verses in 2011 with the SSMT. Join us anytime!
We welcome any prayer needs from the group and ask that you will print a copy of the prayers, place them, in your workbook and pray for these women. If you have a prayer request for our prayer wall, please click here.
Jennifer Rothschild Quotes
- Our words have influence, but only God’s words have power.
- God can help your dilapidated thought closet experience a divine makeover.
- What you tuck into your thought closet will become the wardrobe of your life.
- To dwell on untruths is to hold His truth in disregard.
- Turn your worry into a prayer.
This Week’s Scripture Verse
I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14 NASB
By the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Cor 15:10 NASB
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:17 NASB
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NASB
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Col 3:2 NASB
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Phil 4:6 NASB
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Phil 4:8 NASB
The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 NASB
For Next Week
- Read Week Two in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Two Audio or Session Two Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What two words bring you life and what two words bring death to your thought closet? (page 9 )
- What “I am” thought has been in your thought closet the longest? Is it true?
- Jennifer writes “Who I am and what I struggle with are not the same thing.” What struggle do you most tend to define yourself by?
- Share something you enjoyed in this week’s lesson.