Lies….tricky little things they are. They sneak into your thoughts like whispers and make themselves barely audible enough to notice. But whether we realize it or not, they stick with us. And before we know it, we start telling ourselves these lies and actually living them out. You name it, we’ve thought it: I’m not smart enough, tall enough, skinny enough. I’m not lovable, I’ll never be anything, no one cares about me, I’m not cool enough, I’m not….enough.
No matter if someone is telling you these lies or you start to tell them to yourself (maybe by looking through social media), it’s important to start recognizing when these lies occur and how to squash them. The only way to combat lies is to spend more time focusing on the truth and then you’ll see your thoughts begin to shift. I am living proof of that! My thought life used to be so negative but slowly but surely it’s getting better.
All my clients come in with the same insecurities. Somewhere along the way we learned this language and it’s even worse if we believe it! Hopefully I can help squash some of those lies when they come in for a session but it’s an everyday battle that we need to be better at fighting! I know as a business owner it’s hard not to compare yourself to others when you see them having successes in their business. And as business owners we start to tell ourselves things like “They’re going to realize I’m a fake” or “I wont’ ever be successful as XYZ” or “What if my work isn’t good enough” blah blah blah. And an even bigger lie is that we feel like we’re the only ones who feel like this and that we’re alone, but we’re NOT!
You may need to create little cards with these reminders below written on them and place them throughout your house or car. It’s like leaving yourself little love notes. I know I need to be reminded as much as possible and I even have stacks of cards in some places! God’s Word is truth and will squash any lie we tell ourelves so I’m choosing to focus on it more and more everyday. Will you join me?
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:14
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. Psalms 27:3
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
What are you struggling with? What battles are you fighting? What lies do you find being played over and over again in your head? You’re not alone! I want to help you so I’m going to give one lucky winner this week a set of Cultivating Faith Desk Cards from Cultivate What Matters! Just leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win! I’ll announce the winner on Friday!