This weeks Guest is Sarah Geringer. Her new book, Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus, releases next week with Leafwood Publishers on Oct. 1, 2019. To learn more about the book, please head here. After reading her post, leave her a comment and then head on over and pre-order your copy today! More links below with Sarah’s post. Enjoy!
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This book is about learning to hear the voice of God in our own life so we can respond to those God bumps and little nudges He gives us on a daily basis. God is calling us to be agents of encouragement and to be the gift the worlds needs today.
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How to Reprogram Untrue Thoughts
By: Sarah Geringer
When I look in the mirror, I’m mostly pleased with how I look, but my own view doesn’t measure up to what others have said for years.
In college, I worked at Baskin Robbins, the famous ice cream store. Yes, I ate ice cream every single day—only a little bit though, or I would have weighed 300+ pounds for sure. A kid’s scoop of mint chocolate chip or pistachio almond satisfied my craving. And I got it for free! One of my favorite jobs ever.
I worked behind the glass counter, facing the floor-to-ceiling windows that made up the store front. This was unnerving to me as an introvert, who preferred to hide behind a curtain of long curls, which had to be swept up into a ponytail for work. I liked decorating the ice cream cakes, so I could face the wall instead of the people.
Every week we received a new shipment of ice cream from a truck that traveled all over the midwestern United States. The driver’s name was Tom, and he was old enough to be my grandfather. He had deeply lined reddish-brown skin and a raspy voice thanks to decades of smoking cigarettes, and a tough yet friendly demeanor. He always made conversation with me and my boss Nina about what he had seen on the road. I helped load the new ice cream tubs into the walk-in freezer while he and Nina filled out paperwork.
One day Nina told me that Tom was talking about me when I was in the freezer. This surprised me, and I stopped working to listen. She said Tom had shaken his head and said, “That girl has no idea how pretty she is.” I asked Nina what he meant by that, and she said, “He’s telling the truth, and I agree with him.”
Their comments have stayed with me for over 20 years. I could agree with other statements, but not that one. Hardworking. Book smart. Good girl. But pretty?
Pretty was always a sticking point for me. I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve long had a problem with feeling pretty, much less beautiful.
Even in God’s eyes. Maybe especially in God’s eyes.
Perhaps you feel the same.
In our image-obsessed culture, it’s hard for every one of us to believe that we’re beautiful. According to John and Stasi Eldredge in Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul, the basic question we women ask is “Am I lovely?” Our enemy Satan will cause us to question this all our lives, no matter what other people tell us or what God says. We have to fight back by studying the truth in God’s Word and inviting it into our hearts.
In our image-obsessed culture, it’s hard for every one of us to believe that we’re beautiful. Click To Tweet
This summer, God has led me to meditate on the Song of Songs. He has challenged me to apply it to my relationship with him first, as part of the bride of Christ, which is the Church. If I picture Jesus as the Beloved King and me as the Shulamite, this short, unique book takes on new meaning.
The Beloved praises the Shulamite for her beauty, just as Jesus considers you beautiful. You can find metaphorical examples of this in Song of Songs 1:15, 2:2, 4:1-15, 6:4-9, and 7:1-9.
The verse I’ve used for meditation is Song of Songs 6:3 NIV: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” If Jesus calls us beautiful and beloved, who are we to argue? You can meditate on this verse, repeating it again and again, to reprogram your self-image every time you are tempted to doubt.
I’ve been thinking untrue thoughts about my image for many years. I’ve negated, downplayed or brushed away affirmations from God and compliments from others.
If #Jesus calls us beautiful and beloved, who are we to argue? Click To Tweet
But since God programmed me to crave a Yes to the question “Am I lovely?”, I must seek it from him first. I’m learning to speak the truth to myself through Christian meditation, and you can do the same with whatever untruths you are believing about yourself.
This post is based on the chapter about Untrue Thoughts in Sarah’s new book, Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus, releasing with Leafwood Publishers on Oct. 1, 2019. To learn more about the book, please head here.
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Sarah Geringer is a speaker, artist and author of Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus and three self-published books. She is on the devotional writing teams for Encouragement for Today, A Wife Like Me, Devotable, Hope-Full Living and Woman 2 Woman Ministries. When she’s not reading over 100 books per year, Sarah enjoys painting, baking, gardening and playing the flute. Her daily must-haves are hot tea, dark chocolate, and fresh flowers. She lives in her beloved home state of Missouri with her husband and three children. Sarah writes about finding peace in God’s Word at sarahgeringer.com.
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I’ve just finished reading Sarah’s wonderful book, “Transforming Your Thought Life.” It is a must-read book on guided scriptural meditation. I loved Sarah’s personal stories woven throughout as she provides excellent meditations to combat fear, anxiety, anger, unforgiveness, shame, regret, self-criticism, and all the other negative thoughts that invade out mind. It’s a spiritual battle and Sarah gives you a great weapon to combat evil negativity. So great to read Sarah here today! It releases in one week, but you can pre-order it!
So excited for your this new book! And thank you for challenging me today to believe more of how God sees me. Beauty feels like something I long for, but am quick to discard as un-Christian. But God doesn’t. God loves beauty. And He sees it in each of us!
Thank you Becky! Blessings to you, friend.
This was a good challenge for me today. laurensparks.net
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that behold is the Lord, the one who is altogether lovely makes us lovely. He looks at hearts, that is what we have to work on, true beauty comes from within, and I have replaced a lot of thoughts in my day.
Congratulations on your new book, Sarah!