Why God Hates it When You Trash Talk YOURSELF
Imagine this…You forget to unplug the iron, it falls and burns a big ol’ hole in your ironing board cover. Rats! Thank God, it didn’t catch the house on fire. Still, you feel like an loser.

Or get this, You’re late and your whipping in and out of traffic like Jeff Gordon. All of the sudden your car slows down and it’s not because you let your foot off the accelerator. It’s because your gas tank has gone bone dry. You forgot to get gas this morning. Grrrrrr!….You think, “I’m such a dork!”

Or you bounce a check…again. In fact, it’s the third check you’ve bounced this month. Not intentional. Just happened. You were juggling things – trying to make it all work. Fail. Fail. Fail. What slips out of your mouth? I’m such a failure!

When you goof up, what’s the first thought that races through your mind?

I am so stupid!

Really?

Is that the best you can come up with?

Or try this on for size…

“Gosh, I just can’t get it right.”

“I am so forgetful.”

“I’m an irresponsible dim whit.”

“I’m such a goof!”

“Nice job, bozo!”

“I’m such a fool, will I ever learn?”

“I will never get ahead!”

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

Wonder how God stomachs all of our insane, self-inflicting comments when we start letting them roll.

Right now, I’m picturing God sitting on His throne, listening to someone tear you, someone He loves, into shreds. Doesn’t matter that the same person who’s spouting off the name-calling is also the recipient. When you start getting down on yourself, you’re hurting someone God loves.

And that’s wrong. Stop.

Know what? God would never call you names. Regardless of your mistakes! And God would never ask you to do anything He doesn’t do himself. If He asks us to think about the good in other people, then He’s thinking about the good things in us too.

Let’s take it a step further. God asks you to think Philippians 4:8 about yourself.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Phil 4:8 (NLT)

What about you is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable?

Think on that! But don’t just think on that, FIX your thoughts on that. In other words, those thoughts about the good in you should consume the majority of your thoughts. When you “fix” something in your mind, your thoughts don’t move. They stay. They stay on the good.

Rather than trash yourself, treasure yourself.

Cause you are good stuff to think about and you’re good stuff talk about.

Let me know if this post has connected with you. Tell me about your struggle and your success in the area of talking about yourself. Pop your thoughts into the comment section! 


Find Your Smile When Life is Hard in Just 30 Minutes!
Do you feel like life has smacked the smile off of your face? I have too. But I’ve learn how to get my smile back. And I want to help you do it too. Let me show you how you can be flipping into peace mode, even when life is difficult!

If you’ve got  half an hour, you’ve got the time it takes to discover how you can find your smile in hard times. Yep, even in the midst of the darkness, you can find relief from your pain.

My new mini-book, Finding Your Smile in Hard Times, is a quick little read that will quickly change your life! Read it on your lunch break, before dinner, or as you’re winding down for bed. In my mini-book, I will show you how I got my smile back after walking through difficult challenges and how you can to. Life can be a booger, but let’s not let it steal our happiness!

Get the mini-book here. Click and it will take you right to the Amazon link where you can download it. Even if you don’t have a Kindle or if you have never read an ebook before, don’t fret. All you do is grab your smart-phone, iPad, or Computer – (Yes, any computer will do!). Go to Amazon.com, download the free Kindle app. Set up your Amazon account, and go to the Kindle store to get the book. Or you can click on the book link below and you will zoom over to Amazon  in seconds.

Here’s what people are saying about the book:

“This book was right on time for me, as I had been finding it hard to smile lately with all the happenings of life. It’s great that it is so down to earth, and so easy to read. While reading it, I could actually hear Dr Travelute speaking those words, in only the way she could. I loved the scripture quotes, and will use them often. Never thought of distraction as a way to ease the pain. Great book by an awesome woman of GOD! Everyone can benefit by the encouragement and hope written on the pages of this book. Thanks!” – Rob

“Dr. Linda Travelute has written a wonderful resource for anyone struggling with depression or the pains and hardships of this world. I can personally testify that by meditating on God’s Word, you will become “distracted” from life’s problems. A great read to recommend to family and friends, and as Pastor Linda reminds me after every conversation, dig into the Word everyday and let it move you! Well done Pastor Linda!” – Wammons

“Don’t let the length of this book fool you- Dr. Travelute reveals in 27 pages what people spend years in therapy trying to discover. She gives two key ways how someone who is going through a hard situation can successfully make it to the other side with a smile on their face. The scriptures Dr. Travelute offers for meditation are incredible resources. This is a go-to manual for anyone who is navigating a hard situation to use to find peace and live in victory. If you’re facing a mountain, experiencing depression, or wondering how to cope with life’s curve balls, sit down with this book for 30 minutes, put her words into practice, and see what happens in your life as a result.”  – Singingintheshadow

This book was designed for people who don’t have time to read lengthy full sized books. In just a fraction of the time, you will have all you need to know to get that smile back on your face when life is difficult. Click now, your smile is waiting!

Dig in!

Dr. Linda Travelute