7-day Doubt Diet Day 2: Beat Up or Built Up?


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Day 2: Taken in part from Chapter 6

Food for thought: What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31 NIV)

Yep, happens to me all the time. I won’t even be awake good yet, before discouragement tries to snuggle up next to me and hold me down. Not physically, but emotionally and spiritually. Do you ever wake up like that? Lately I have been so overwhelmed. There is not enough of me to go around.  I’ll tell God – I can’t do all of this it’s too much. Having so many responsibilities leaves me feeling like I am barely treading water and I’m nose deep. One more drop of water and I’m going down.   In case you haven’t gotten your copy of the 7-day Doubt Diet, Renee describes waking up feeling much the same way.
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Then, Renee’s alarm went off to the song “God is in Control,” by Twila Paris. As she listened to the word of the song, truth began to take over.  Truth says things like there is no time for fear, instead it’s a time for faith and determination.  To hold on to God’s word hidden in her heart instead of the thoughts that wanted to overtake her mind.  Then, a timely reminder……. God was in control.
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God uses his word to speak truth into our soul because his light dispels darkness.  When his word is spoken fear has to leave, doubt has to go away, insecurity has to pack up it’s bags.  The only way they have access to our minds is if we open the door and let them in.  Of course we’d never do it intentionally, right?  If someone came knocking on our door and we knew they were coming to harm us what would we do?  Would we open the door, lay out the red carpet grab a diet coke and chill?  Of course not.  I’d grab my babies and high tail it as far away as I could in the opposite direction.
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But my mind, not so much.  The part that has always been so hard for to grasp is that it’s already mine.  He’s already given me peace, He’s already given me strength, He’s already given me a measure of faith, in fact He’s already given me everything I need to face today.  When I hear that I want to scream WHERE?  WHERE IS IT?  Then, I read the next sentence.  But it won’t happen just because it’s possible.
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Well I think we’ve pretty much determined we’ve all got issues.  So, what’s the verdict?  What do we do if it won’t happen just because it’s possible.  What do you do when doubt whispers in your ear.  It’s your turn to share, remember it’s a “sharing thing.” Do you ever wake up and feel discouragement taking over your thoughts?  What about doubts…….do you worry like me?
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I’m assuming most of you have not read A Confident Heart .  Renee has a testimony behind her message.  She’s been there and walked through many years of doubt, insecurity, worry and fears.  She understands and shares very personal stories from her life.  I just wanted to share with you because I want to learn from someone who has fought the battle and has come out victorious on the other side.
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Below is an excerpt from Day 2: of the 7-Day Doubt Diet..
We have to take action. Just as she had to tune her radio to encouraging music, we need to get intentional about tuning our thoughts to God’s thoughts toward us, every day..
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But it won’t happen just because it’s possible.

But it won’t happen just because it’s possible

But it won’t happen just because it’s possible..

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She referred to two different kinds of thoughts AM (Against Me) or FM (For Me).  I am starting to think that Renee snuck in my mind one day to hang out and listen.  I can guarantee you, that AM thoughts occur more frequently than FM.  I can be so hard on myself.  Thoughts don’t just swirl around in our mind aimlessly – thoughts create some kind of action.
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When thoughts and feelings of doubt come:
  • Stop and ask God for His perspective.
  • Compare your thoughts to His thoughts, reflected in Scripture. Do they match?
  • If not, look for a promise in God’s Word to replace the lie that has filled your heart with doubt.
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Doubt Diet Tip: When you go on a regular diet, it’s helpful to start a food journal to keep track of what you’re eating. That way you can notice unhealthy habits and find healthy alternatives. This week, let’s start a “thought” journal to keep track of what we’re thinking so we can identify unhealthy “against me” thoughts and replace them with healthy God is “for me” thoughts.  (Kasey here – I am going to do this.  Getting the words out of our heads onto a piece of paper takes the delusion out.  It also makes us purposely stop and think of God’s truth.
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If you haven’t signed up for your own copy of the FREE 7-day Doubt Diet you can here as I am not posting the entire devotion.  You know copyrights and all that.  It’s something that I know I will keep to refer back to when discouragement wants to move in.
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Personal Note from Kasey
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I ended yesterday’s devotion with a prayer request for my family.  If you missed it, you can read it here.
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So………..what happened? I had no idea when we started this devotion that God would be calling me back to a place all to familiar.   My husband is a pharmaceutical rep and his main drug just went generic.  We woke this morning anxiously awaiting the call from corporate to find out if his job will be eliminated.  The last time we waited on the same kind of phone call, it was a little over three years ago the day after my fathers funeral.  My heart screams with doubt – we’ve already been through this twice in the last 8 years, you have got to be kidding me.
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At the same time, I’ve heard God gently whisper in my ear – remember where I’ve brought you from.  I did not forsake you then and I won’t now.  He’s calling me to take HIS hand and trust His heart.  I hear you God, I really do……..but to be 100% honest I’d rather you just answer my prayer that he won’t lose his job.
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Fast forward a little while and the phone call has come and gone.  Guess what, it wasn’t the answer I had hoped for?  It’s not the answer I want.  I don’t have a choice, God has a plan and a purpose that is far beyond my ability to understand.  As soon as I heard Gary answer the phone I knew by the tone of his voice.  Thoughts began to flood my mind: fear, anxiety, worry, doubt, disappointment, did I already say fear?  Then, I started to pray and as I did God began to remind me of his faithfulness to my family.  No matter how bad it’s been, and trust me it has been B  A  D, he’s always taken care of us.  You know what?  God has given us peace.  A peace I can’t explain, even anticipation wondering what God is doing in our life.  He’s up to something.
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So, here I am again back at the place where this all started.  To the place where I started couponing in the first place.  I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.  If this devotion isn’t for anyone else, I know for sure it’s for me.  My journey to A Confident Heart has begun.
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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you so much for your prayers. Your encouragement and support mean so much to me. Also hearing God is speaking to you through the devotion series brings joy to my heart.

    Blessings to both of you!

    Kasey

  2. neenah says

    I am so behind on reading the devotions. I started over this morning with the first devotion and cannot seem to stop reading. The thing that stuck out the most in my mind is your comment…’I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.’ That is what I needed to be reminded of this morning. I will continue to pray for your family as the Lords shows you His will concerning your husbands job.

  3. shellie says

    Your family is in our prayers. God is so faithful. I didn’t really think that this devotion was going to be that big of a deal to me at first. But as I have begun participating, WOW, the things HE has really brought to my attention! Sometimes we try to disguise our “confidence” with other words that doesn’t really seem to be related. We started our Revival at church the same night we started this devotion. With the 2 combined, it’s as if a storm is blowing through! HE has brought us thus far…HE will see us thru!

    Thank You for all you do on this site and in our community.

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