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Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 1


Today's Text: Proverbs 4:1-7

Good morning gorgeous gals!
Don’t look around to see who I am talking to–I’m talking to you.  You are beautifully and wonderfully made.  Don’t forget that, okay?

Kacia here, and I just have to say: we couldn’t be more excited to begin a new plan with you today!  After praying about which plan would follow Fresh Start, we kept coming back to Soul Detox.  We trust that God is going to speak to each of us individually and together as a community–whether you’ve participated in this plan already, or beginning for the first time!

As Raechel mentioned yesterday, these next 5 weeks will look a little bit different, because the devotional content won’t be available here at SheReadsTruth, but the community isn’t going anywhere.  Even though the devotional reading will take place on You Version, come join the discussion taking place over here!  Be a part of the community–you have a voice, and we want to hear your heart.  We’ve been praying that this plan would build upon the truth we just soaked in for the past 19 days: beloved, He is giving you a fresh start.

It is a gift.  It is grace.  And over the next 5 weeks, we will allow Him to remove the layers of build-up that we’ve ignored for too long.  We are humbled and honored to study His word together with you. 

Join us for Day 1 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

Today we also have a special introduction from the author of Soul Detox
and Senior Pastor of, Craig Groeschel.  You can also utilize the 4-week Soul Detox sermon series, available here.

from Craig:

If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself occasionally evaluating your life.  Do I work hard enough or too much? Where do I stand in my walk with God? Am I following after God with everything in me or am I just playing the game? Is there anything within me that needs to be changed or made new? Like David laments in Psalms, I long for a pure heart and a closeness to God. I hope you long for that too.

But it’s hard to be close to God when there’s sin in our lives. Maybe you don’t want to call it sin. How about junk? Filth? Toxins? Maybe what we really need is a spiritual de-tox. The Bible consistently reminds us to check our spiritual diet for toxins. Proverbs 25:26 says, “Like a muddied spring or polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.” How muddy is your water right now? Is your well polluted by all the cultural toxins seeping in? Do you have toxic thoughts, behaviors or emotions? Are you hanging with the wrong crowd or listening to or watching impure entertainment?
It’s time to come clean.
If you’re tired of the stain of sinful habits discoloring your life, if you long to breathe the fresh, clean, life-giving air of God’s holiness, if you would love to detoxify your soul from guilt, fear, regret, and all the impurities that pollute your relationship with God, then this reading plan is for you.

Join us!

  • John Smith

    I am so excited to do this study! I started with she reads truth on the second study, so I missed this one. I tried doing both, and couldn't focus, so I am so glad you're doing this one again. I have a tendency to look for the worst in everything, something God has been working on me since just before the new year. Well, probably my whole life, but it's been more the past month.
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  • Arnesha Nicole

    I am looking forward to completing this plan. I have dealt w/ toxic thoughts, doubt, negativity, fear, worry, anxiety, unforgiveness, regret for a VERY long time. I know these things are not of God and I am ready to shed and destroy these negative patterns of thought and grow in understanding, knowledge, and wisdom.

  • I can’t wait to do this with y’all! I know I’m late on doing it but I truly don’t ever think there is a wrong Time to have a soul detox!

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  • I just started and I'm very excited! I just finished a 21 day daniel fast and the lord showed me MY STUFF…and its not pretty at all. From taking on the worlds concept of Success, Being a Woman (raising my independent woman flag) and not truly trusting Him as my Father, Friend and Author of my Life, I am at a lost for words, wanting and seeking God to get rid of the main thing that I am noticing which is PRIDE. So this is good. For day one, I realize that my pride and lack of trusting God has prevented me from being intimate with people. I am very guarded, in hopes to protect myself. I use success and my control and dominance in relationships and career as a way to stay "safe." But as you all know, it doesnt help. I'm sick of being in control and fighting for myself. I'm ready to let my guard down, love freely and accept love and to truly understand that while I make my plans, God truly directs my steps.

  • God Bless! I started today. I was going to try and play catch up but I see there are a couple of others who started yesterday so, I am going to pace myself. This is definitely, already, the best Day 1 of any devotional I’ve ever read! My favorite verse was v7 “….. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Praise GOD! Understand that it is not about you, understand that you are not here just because, understand that everything you’re going through is for a reason (God’s Reason!), understand that though today was rough, tomorrow is a prayer a way! Understand that nothing is going to be easy. Get your life if you think it is! Gloraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy! Oooh Chile! I’m all up in and through this Detox! Lent starts tomorrow. No meat, only water, Soul Detox, and physical detox. God take control and have your way during this next 40 days. If the detox goes past 40 days, so be it Lord. I’m in the passenger wheel. I UNDERSTAND that is where I need to be!!!!

  • I’m so excited I start this today!! I have been so inspired and have been finally enjoying devotions since I started the she reads truth focus on Philippians. I cannot wait to see where this takes me

  • I grew up in a very negative atmosphere in my home as a child and teenager and when I left home I carried that negativity with me. The Lord really had to change me because I was the most negative,complaining,bitter and unhappy woman that you would ever want to meet. Years of physical and verbal abuse did a whammy on me but through prayer and the study of The Word I was able to change and today I am a completely different person. I love today's devotional about using wisdom. Ladies weigh your words very carefully before you speak and ask God for wisdom! He will give it to you!

  • I am so excited to begin this plan! I have learned how toxic that your thought life can be but The Lord has changed my heart and now I weigh my words and thoughts very carefully and I have seen such a change! I have learned to be careful in not only what I think but also in what I say! Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Alrighty! Bring the Soul Detox on!

  • Amanda K

    I am so thrilled to have found SRT. God is using it to change my life. I have been a Christian for 9 yrs. But never consistant in my readings. I am so glad this is a community too. Hello Sisters! ( I know I am starting late I’ll try and catch up)

  • chikchik92

    Well, I’m way behind most of you but I’m excited to start this plan. I’ve really been struggling with worry lately (which is a toxic thought if ever I saw one) and today’s reading was a great reminder that choosing to dwell on any toxic thoughts is dangerous but the only way to avoid that is to consciously dwell on the good and banish the bad.

  • walkinhisfreedom

    Wow. This is just what I need. I am joining the band wagon a bit late but need this for my life. I want this detox for my mind and my body. I need this so badly.
    I want to come clean and fresh. And the amazing thing is that right now I am clean in Jesus Christ, but I want to break these habits of where my mind wanders and how I see myself.

  • My heart is longing for God’s word. I’m thirsty…

  • stormie726

    I have struggled for a long time with toxic thoughts… I honestly can't remember a time in my life that I didn't.. I am so tired of feeling this way. I just started this plan today, so I am a little behind. Verse 23- Keep your Heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

  • I just started the detox today, and it rung so deep into my soul. I've been entertaining so many toxic thoughts, and it's put strain into my marriage and friendships. The verse "may the words of my lips and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my rock and my redeemer" are stuck in my brain. Praise the Lord for burning truth onto our hearts!

  • Sorry I am behind. Missed the first three days but will try and catch up! I am grateful God gave us His Word to renew our mind.

  • I'm two days behind the rest of you beautiful ladies on this plan but I'm going to act like I'm not (lol) the one word I kept getting in my spirit as I read Proverbs 4 is that God wants us to live intentionally. We cannot walk around just waiting for life to happen to us we HAVE to live intentionally. Obeying the voice of God will not always be easy for us and we won't breeze through our lives here on earth. I love where it says in verse 24 that we should "avoid all perverse talk, stay away from corrupt speech" (NLT) when we are not listening to perverse or corrupt speech, toxins cannot get into our souls! That verse encourages us to make conscious effort to get away from anything that is toxic to our souls. Let's pray for grace to guard our hearts above all else.

  • Amen

  • I am thankful for this new plan and for She Reads Truth. I have been having negative + toxic thoughts and I want to free myself of them and focus on God's love. I am my own worst enemy most of the time and am ready to fill myself with His word instead.

  • I love how the Lord works in our lives. In my life in particular, he is so kind as to put me through situations so I can gain wisdom. I can offered words through my experiences and help guild my children and aquiantances. He is so good to us to allow us to wear his golden glory and crown of wisdom.

  • Ellen MR

    Joanna, I saw your comment and I REALLY hope you continue with this plan!! Obviously you’re having a tough time, and you feel like you may have to “take action” but PLEASE wait- it WILL GET BETTER!! And now you are in a community that truly cares about folks! Just put it out there- whatever is going on- and you won’t be alone!! I wish I could quote really great Scripture, but I don’t know enough myself yet, but I DO know HE is with you, watching over you, and HE loves YOU!!!
    I’ll be praying for you, and watching for your posts!
    Your sister in Christ,
    E ~

  • Sandra03402

    I am so excited about this detox. The fresh start plan was perfect timing for me because I just moved back to my home state after being gone for over 7 years. Everyone remembers ‘the old Sandra’. I have changed so much since then. I have learner so much from the fresh start study and I am ready to see what God reveals to me through this study.

    Today I loved verse 5 in Proverbs 4. “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.” This makes me think about my friends. I am making lots of new friends right now. I want to find the kind of friend that is wise. I will be praying for this.

    Also verse 23 really stood out. God made my heart the center of my being, both spirituality and emotionally. I must keep boundaries to guard my heart. I don’t want to let others sway me from God’s path.

    Thank you ladies for all the comments. This is part of the reason why I do the SRT studies instead of other ones.

  • It feels so good to start fresh!! This just confirms how much I was thirsting for the WORD!

    I recently read "The Secret" and was wondering how much it fit in with Christianity – one of the central thoughts is "You're life is shaped by your thoughts" (Proverbs 4:23b in my Bible). What a coincidence that the questions was on my mind and popped up in my reading.

    I am comforted that I can start to calm all of my evil thoughts and start relying on His Wisdom!

  • Whew! This is going to be a good one. I'm so glad that I found She Reads Truth as I think a reading plan means so much more when you can discuss it with others.
    Reading through these comments I can so relate. One toxic or negative thought leads to another and its like a horrible chain reaction or downward spiral. I pray that this study will help me recognize toxic thoughts and actions before that chain reaction starts. I want to be more self aware and stronger in my relationship with God so that I can "check myself before I wreck myself". Looking forward to tomorrow's reading.

  • Kristy-thanks for bring vulnerable and sharing about your mom. One of the best parts of this community is sharing our individual testimonies and how the Lord uses them to bless others and point others to Him. Thank you!

  • Erica S.

    So I have to admit that I took one look at this plan and felt a bit apprehensive because "detoxing" and digging deep to see where sin has a root in my life is, quite frankly, uncomfortable. But we're not called to be comfortable. If I'm comfortable, then I'm not growing into the woman God wants me to be. So I pray for the courage to look at myself honestly through this plan and see where God's trying to grow me and then to follow through with it.

    • Jesyka

      Erica-I'm right there with you! Wanting to detox is one thing but actually DOING it?!?
      Thanks for being honest!

  • I just found this site, and I’m looking forward to joining in. My own sin is the cause of my toxic thoughts. But I’m forgiven! I need to let my sin go when God does.

  • vs 25 & 27: let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.; do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil .
    If I know I struggle with certain things, why then do I keep doing those things (Rom 7!!)? social media, for example, can lead to discontentment and covetousness for me. Why do I keep checking Instagram and Facebook then? Am i afraid I’m going to miss a special highlight from someone’s life that will then make me feel like my life isn’t good enough? My silly and wretched heart continually goes astray. My eyes need to constantly look to the Only One who can fill whatever emptiness or lack of self worth i may have lingering in the tiny dark corner instead of looking to the right or to the left.

  • My word for 2013 is Thrive. In today's reading Proverbs 4 reading there was another reminder of thriving, found in verses 20-22 (MSG)

    20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they're bursting with health.

    Greatly looking forward to detoxing my soul–for & with Jesus–with you ladies, my sisters in Christ!

  • I’m so excited to join all you ladies on this trip of detoxification. My toxic poisoning is the twisting of God’s words – I feel it’s a very sneaky way that satan attacks believers. I am learning to gain insight and wisdom through studying the Holy word, amd I find great truths in your posts.

    Ladies, thank you for your honesty and reflections. It’s not about me, it’s all about Him!

    Did anyone else note that wisdom is denoted as a woman? Loved that – it falls right in line with the She Reads Truth…

  • This is a great devo! Nothing can make us better women of Christ like recognizing our own toxicity and helping each other cleanse our souls. I have much to learn. I am also new to this community!

  • jesusgirl71

    ladies, I wanted to mention… thanks so much for the link to the sermon series on this! i listened to the first one, and it really added so much! If you all get a chance, definitely listen to them.

  • Toxic thoughts lead to sin. My Toxic thoughts have driven a wedge between my husband and myself. My toxic thoughts even made me not want to go to church & caused a rift in my relationship with my pastors, who I am closer to than to my blood relatives. This rift thankfully has been healed & I have received their forgiveness. I am quick to repent and change, but honestly It can be difficult casting down those thoughts that try to exalt themselves against the knowledge of God (2 Cor 10:5). It is something I struggled with for a while, but thanks be to God that when those thoughts try to arise, 99% I am quick to tell the devil to shut up! That 1% is just my humanity getting the best of me, but it’s only for a short time and then I repent and get my head back in the game where it belongs. I daily remind myself to “think on these things” (Philippians 4:8), thank GOD for His abundant grace! If anyone could exhaust him of his grace it’d be me, but thankfully, that will never be the case!!

  • This is one of those yucky parts of my life, because my thoughts run rampant with wild imaginings, fantasy, things I just shouldn’t be entertaining. It has clearly affected my marriage in a negative way and I am now in the place of trying to reconcile with my husband. Toxic thoughts have given the devil a foothold in my marriage that I never wanted him to have, nor did I realize it was happening.


  • I am so looking foward to this study. I am going through a real hardship right now and it has been causing me to have some really bad thoughts and I am scared they may turn to actions since things do not seem to be looking up.

  • I am super excited about Soul Detox–it is my first time going through this devotional and I am a newcomer to She Reads Truth (started following along with the Thanksgiving devotionals)! The verse I really loved was Proverbs 4:12-13 (ESV): "When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life."

    It's just such a great reminder that without God's instruction and Truth, we stumble. If we stay in the Word, God will keep us from falling and guide us along a steady (although bumpy at times) path!

  • I found this site and study from an Instagram post from a friend. I am excited for this study and that there is a forum where I can read and discuss what myself and others think.

    Many of my toxic issues stem from a rough childhood and relationship with my mom. She was an alchoholic and through my childhood and teen years I had a lot of feelings of unworthiness. This stemmed from me thinking my mom "chose" alchoholic and drugs over my brothers and I. When she passed away I thought I delt with these issues but they still cause me to think toxic thoughts and ignore and not pay attention Gods truths when I am in those self doubt moments.

    I look forward to this study to sort these things out and get rid of the toxins.

  • Sounds Like a great devotional plan to follow! I'm excited to dig deeper into it..I just found out about this site and it seems like just what I was looking for. Recently starting working at a faith based organization and am excited to see God working in my heart! Toxins in my life that burden me are comparing myself to others, focusing on things from the past like former relationships and trying to aim for perfection.

  • I'm super excited about this plan! I missed it the first time round.

    I am struck again by this chapter of Proverbs. Hold on to wisdom and keep your eyes fixed on the Lord. I really love 4:18, walking in righteousness more and more until we get to heaven.

  • This is right up my alley and something I need badly right now, primarily because of my work relationships. I have been praying about my career for some time and asking that God guide me in the right direction. I too have felt a great deal of despair at time because I feel helpless to change what I consider to be a toxic environment. AND that affects every part of your life – SO looking forward to getting into the deep with all of you! Praise God – He knows what we need and when we need it !!

  • I totally need this. I need to get rid of the anxieties and fears that have ran my life for the last 20 years. I want to renew my soul, my mind and my life. My one little word for this year is "transform." This will help me to do that. I am going to write the scriptures down each day and comment on them. I need this. It will help!

  • millivincent

    Proverbs 4:18-19 "The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble." -These words ring true to how I FEEL when I'm doing life with God and when I'm doing life without Him. My day is bright and my thoughts are good when I include Jesus in my daily living. But the second I veer off the path, my day looks grim.

    Looking forward to this study.

  • Ellen MR

    Talk about piles of junk built up!! Yikes! After a15 year verbally abusive relationship, I’ve got loads of toxic poison to get rid of…inflicted by others and more and more inflicted by MYSELF. To the point of blocking all thoughts, feelings so that I’m almost soo numb that I’m dead inside. I’m talking YEARS of deadness…until I looked thru YouVersion and “stumbled” across SRT …and signed up for Advent, thinking there has to be more than pretending to be Santa for my 4 kids…
    And is there more!! I’ve rededicated myself to our Lord and Saviour, and I’m AWAKE and FEELING for the first time in YEARS!!! I have an enormous way to go, but I am SOO THANKFUL that the Lord guided me to SRT and ALL of you Sisters!! You have no idea how much this has changed things for me, and I’m sure this plan is EXACTLY what I need, so desperately, to get rid of all the negativity that’s been piled up all these years! I even feel better PHYSICALLY, which is nothing short of a miracle…all the glory and praise to you Lord!!! Hallelujah!!! THANK YOU!!

    • Jesyka

      Ellen-thank you for sharing! I hope that this plan allows the Lord to lead you toward healing and freedom in His truth!

  • Carrie h

    I can't find it on the you version app… Any help? Looking forward to starting it!

  • wow! just listened to the first soul detox sermon and boy do i need this even more than i realized from the reading this morning. so many toxic things in my thoughts and behavior. a lot of the time i even recognize the way it impacts other people. i just don’t know how to stop it. praying for some true soul detox and some deep revelation from the Word. my soul surely needs it.

  • I definitely need this plan. I have been in a real struggle lately with toxic thoughts, and it is negatively affecting my marriage. I’ve been married not even 3 months, and it has definitely been a struggle adjusting. I have a lot of toxic thoughts and lies from the enemy that are hurting my relationship with my husband. I hope this plan will help me learn how to rid my mind of these lies. Thank you for this community!

  • Precious

    This is exactly what I needed to read (v. 23-27) I definitely need to detox my soul ! I have a feeling this reading plan is gonna be great. Really excited to learn more in the next 5 weeks :)

  • Teresa Thomas

    I just found She Reads Truth last week, at the end of the Fresh Start study, while personally my husband and I had been in middle of our own fresh start. The timing, depth, and topic of this new study are right on. So often the toxicity in my life stems simply from unrealistic expectations and self critique. Looking at the negative instead of focusing on the positive. So excited to adapt and grow with you ladies this month and get to know new friends. Feel free to come read more about my excitement for this particular study on my blog

  • mindykim

    God totally prepared this plan for me few days or even weeks before. I've been pondering about this questions that I had to myself, asking "what's the balance of everything? Where do I find the balance?" A lot of thoughts were piled up in my mind. And this…..proverbs 4 really made me in awe of God's perfect timing and revelation of the "balance" that I've been looking for. He showed it to me over the weekend as I was walking on the road try to follow walking on one line tile. And as I looked forward looking at the path straight up as I walked, it made it so easy to walk in balanced way. AH! Proverbs 4:25-27. And also verse 13 is really powerful. The Word is my life?! Wow……guard her for she is your life…. Since yesterday at my church, the sermon (it was 1Corinth 9 15-27) and this proverbs, they are all strongly telling me to rest upon God's Words ALONE. It is my life. It is what keeps me balanced as I run my race of faith by His unfailing love and sufficient grace. Hallelujah. :) PTL

  • Oooooh I think I’m going to like this soul detox! I struggle with anxiety and until starting SRT with the fresh start plan, I didn’t understand that I need to not worry but put it to the Lord. It’s very hard for me to “be still” but I’m trying and learning. I’ve been trying to think more positively and not let the negative creep in and take over.
    This was a great reading and I just loved the following lines from Proverbs 4:
    19 – The way of the wicked is like deep darkness, they do not know over what they stumble.
    23 – Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
    26 – Ponder the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure.
    Powerful stuff!

  • Christie

    I just discovered this site and am looking forward to doing this study. I feel as though it was gift wrapped and sent with my name on it! As someone who suffers from anxious and critical thoughts, it is encouraging to know I am not alone in these struggles. I am encouraged to know truth and stay focused on it!

  • Melissa M.

    Like so many women have already posted, I too struggle with negativity and anxiety. For me, it started nearly 5 years ago. It really hit me how long I've let this take control of my life. While my negativity and anxiety is usually pointed at myself, I'm realizing how incredibly selfish I've let my thoughts become. Instead of focusing on serving others as Christ has taught us, I'm over here over analyzing and beating myself up. I need to have the faith that I'm forgiven by God's grace, so that I can move on to be the woman that God has called me to be. It's so refreshing to have that reality check that says "it's not about me." Thank you for this series!!!

  • Leah Tvt

    So excited that God led me to SheReadsTruth! Started the Soul Detox bible plan today and look forward to the community aspect of reading through God's Word with my sisters in Christ!

    • Jesyka

      Leah Tvg-welcome! This is a great community of women and often I learn so much just by reading the comments! Glad you're here and sharing!

  • I am very excited to start this program with ya'll. I am currently following the Fresh Start plan on Youversion after discovering your site this month.
    Loving every bit of it!

  • I treasure God's creation, so nothing irks me more than when I see someone blatantly disrespecting it by littering or polluting. But what about my own soul, also God's creation?? Why am I not so aghast when I blatantly pollute it with junk, toxins and filth? Verse 14 stands out to me: "Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men." This may be via certain relationships, things I watch, read or hear… God, help me to reach out and love others without compromising the path you have set me on!

  • Angie V.

    Looking forward to this. Definitely something I need to work on.

  • Even though I did this plan earlier I am excited to see what God reveals to me through it again. I still struggle with toxic thoughts & I know that I am under attack by the enemy because I am being obedient to God’s word. I am excited to see how the Ladies ministry grows at church when my thoughts align up with His.

  • My toxic thoughts are not that of negative self talk, but the opposite. I am so arrogant in my abilities. I'm so thankful for this community and devotional. I did the Soul Detox the first time, however I was not ready. I did not get it, but now I see that my toxicity stems from my own arrogance. Crediting myself for things that God has given me. My toxic thoughts are toward others, however I have fooled myself in hiding the judgments. By focusing my attention on others negativity, it's not my burden and I'm not that good. I pray that during this devotional I focus on myself and let go of my toxic arrogant thoughts and judgement s of others. All, ALL, that I have is from him.

    • Crystal

      Wow Gena, how very honest of you to share that with us. I'm really excited about this Soul Detox. I hope that you get out of it what you need this time.

    • Jesyka

      You aren't alone! I think a lot of women struggle with this area. And the enemy loves it! It is such a deceptive cycle…I even tell myself that it isn't "that bad." If he can't trick us into believing his lies about our self-worth one way (negative-I'm not good enough/lovely enough/holy enough for God), he can usually get us with the reverse (pride-I'm not all that bad). I pray that our hearts would be ready to receive truth about our identity in The Lord and who He has made us to be and that we would be able to boast in HIM. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rachel Hubbard

    I’m so excited to join y’all on this journey! For the last year or so I have turned into a chronic worrier and anxiety just consumes my thoughts all to often. So hopefully this devotional will calm my thoughts! 2013 is my year to grow in my relationship with God, and what a perfect topic to start with!

  • I am so excited to be joining you for this study. I missed it the first time around. My personal life has been stressful these past few months. I am dealing with chronic insomnia, which I believe is related to anxiety. I put so much pressure on myself to be "perfect" and do everything "right". It is exhausting and I'm ready to give it up….to fall into God's Truth. I need to stop doing everything on my own. I know God is there, but I always think….He's got bigger problems to deal with and I'll just take care of this myself….so RIDICULOUS!! Just give it to him and move on. I truly hope this study can help me refocus my thoughts to God's word and leave my toxic thoughts behind. Thank you ladies for gathering all of us together to read God's Truth!

    • Crystal

      Andrea! That brought tears to my eyes. I too think my problems aren't worth sharing with God. He surly has bigger problems to deal with! But after letting Him in and just being still (learned in the Fresh Start we just finished) it's amazing what I've learned. I hope you get out of this study what you need. It's amazing how He works!

  • Happy detox day! I for one had a devil of a time getting into the plan. All kind of techno glitches. I finally realized the enemy is opposing this– so I became more determined. Looking forward to what God has.

  • I’m. Looking forward to this also. I chose The Message version to read the Proverbs passage. I’ve always struggled reading Proverbs, and fine this version more approachable and easier to connect to my life.

  • Ashley Flores

    I think the most toxic thoughts I've been guilty of have been my thoughts towards my marriage. When things would get rough I would give up and feel like we wouldn't make it through.But God has been revealing to me just how much HE is in control of my marriage and not me, lol. Gotta love Him! <3

  • Really excited to be joining in on this.

    I loved how a lot of this passage pointed to the importance of wisdom. I have always found it important to seek to learn from others and those who are older than me. In fact, last night I sent a message to a friend of mine who is a couple of years older than me to see if we could just get together and talk over coffee. It's been a while since we've had time to talk or seen each other. We used to get together and do this more often. I'm glad we're planning something and it's amazing how this aligns with the verses on wisdom we've looked at today.

    I also noted that on the question of how negative thoughts impact our life/relationships that I sometimes get riled up or way too invested in things that really don't matter in the long run (example: football – last night was so sad and frustrating but I'm still a Pats fan for life). I tend to get really worked up, frustrated and sometimes it will come out in how I react to others. I will worry about something too much and end up wasting so much time and energy that I lose sight of some of the things that are truly important. I loved how this passage also showed us the process and path that we need to focus on – to "keep our eyes forward". Great stuff – big for me.

  • jezzemae

    I love the transition from Fresh Start to coming clean with Soul Detox… And for me the Proverbs reading really sets the tone by providing clear, straightforward instructions, specifying how inside we must be pure. The verses that struck a chord with me most are 18 ("The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day") and 23 ("Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it"). It makes me feel as though I have so much control over how I respond to all the toxins that are in our environment!

  • Over the past year, I've been working on eliminating the negative, toxic thoughts by praying them away, releasing them, and thinking positively. Last week was a struggle for me. My energy was low and I wasn't positive about anything. I started reading Soul Detox 2 weeks ago and replaced my reading time with FB. But I think I went through that relapse last week to have a Fresh Start this week with the new devo. My heart and soul is at peace right now as I've spent time with God yesterday and this morning! Can't wait to see what this plan has in store for all of us!

  • Everyday I sin therefore this plan sounds like a good fit! Proverbs 4:23 has really been a stepping stone since when I became a Christian (6 years Ago). It has reminded me my heart and life is either of God or against Him and results will come from where I place my heart.

    I'm excited to follow this plan with you all!!

  • I struggle the most with anxiety in my life. It started almost exactly a year ago… anxiety would cause me to make up thoughts in my head that weren't true at all! And I would believe these negative thoughts, which caused my heart to hurt so badly. I loved reading today's plan… it reminded me to pay attention to what God has in store for me. I must be led by His truth and no one else's. He has a plan for me and I have to remember how strong His love is for me.

    • martina

      Good morning Brooke:) I appreciated your post. It's so tough to deal with anxiety. I'll pray a picture of God's strong love for you right now to enter your mind and strengthen you.

    • Callie

      Hi Brooke – your comment really resonated with me as well. I can totally relate to struggling with anxiety and making up thoughts that aren't even true – its such a horrible thing to go through. I will pray that God will bring you healing from your anxiety.

  • I am new to SRT ~ and i definitely am in need of a soul detox. I am starting a new phase in my life and i am full of fear which i know is not from God. Fear leads to other things in my heart that are not from God. This reading plan comes at a perfect time for me. I want to only follow God's leading and i pray that as i read and follow the scripture and reading form Soul Detox and pray i will be right where God wants me to be.

    • Jesyka

      Peggy-So glad you are here. Thank you for sharing! It is good that you recognize that He isn't the author of fear. He is for you!

  • Amanda Snow

    After going through an incredible rough year in 2008, I made a promise to myself and God that I would always live with positive thoughts. I fail at this daily. Though I do tend to seek the positive in every situation, I still have moments of "I'm not good enough," or poor thoughts about others in my life. God will fix all for me. I don't need to do it myself and therefore thinking those thoughts will not result in anything good…

    Another wonderful plan to start. Can't wait to see what this brings. I'm going to seek out the Soul Detox book too!

  • Oh do I have toxic thoughts? I have a feeling this will be good. In 2 days I start a body detox and today I start the soul detox.

  • becky jo

    Oh man, do I need this one! Lord, bring it! Looking forward to this so very much!

  • I too am a perpetual self critic & allow negative thoughts to invade my mind & heart. it steals my joy & takes my focus off Christ. I have been so much more cognizant of my internal dialog & how sin & satan twist what God has made for good, & I am quicker to identify & stop the toxicity, but it still lingers. I am learning to accept grace and intentionally replace these lies w/ God's truth. looking forward to this soul detox really setting my feet firmly on a path if truth that guards my heart & brings healing to the whole of me.

  • Loved proverbs 4:23… Guard your heart. So hard to do in today's society, but so important to do so! I'm excited to finish this plan. I have started it before, but never completed it 100%.

    • Sarah T

      Philippians 4:7 has a great piece in regards to our hearts… "…His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you leave in Christ Jesus."

  • Guilt, fear and regret. Wow…it's like Craig's opener was written just for me. I need to detoxify myself from all of these.
    Thank you Ladies for choosing to repeat this plan. Blessings, A.

  • I'm really excited to start a new plan. Even though I've been participating in She Reads Truth for months now, the Fresh Start plan was the first one I managed to actually finish. Now I feel like I'm finally in the habit of spending time with God daily and I can't wait to keep it up. I love reading the devotions on YouVersion, but now that I'll have to come to SRT to read them I hope my participation in the community will increase.

  • Courtney

    I love the verse about guarding our hearts for from it comes LIFE. We are a soul, a body, and a spirit or heart. If our souls are in Christ, he guards them. Our bodies are temporary, but our HEART is so vital to keeping our path to walk alongside Christ clear. What we hold in our hearts will affect what comes out of our mouths (and maybe what goes in, but that's a whole other battle!), what we hear, what we do… Our whole life!
    Really pumped to work through this study with you ladies :)
    Happy Monday!

  • I'm excited to see where God leads all of us. The verse I am reflecting on today is: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)

    We have so many head/heart debates internally…even many the posts I have read above show that part of the struggle is stepping away from what we tell ourselves…until it flows from our heart, with the foundation of God's love for us being at the core of it. Lead with your heart and follow with your head.

  • jamie pate

    This study is right where I am right now. I have struggled in the past w toxic thinking, with treating my relationships in that manner, and also with allowing toxic people to effect me. This study will continue me on a path of renewal and awakening. And I am so thankful.

  • Jessica I

    Like Lisabethjean, my toxicity stems from pride. I work and try hard everyday to overcome this weakness.

    I’ve enjoyed the She Reads The Truth devotions and interactions with all my Sisters in Christ. These devotions have truly helped me connect with God in a way I never have.

  • I’m glad that you’ve come back to this. I started it before and didn’t finish. I think God’s telling me I still have work to do :). Thanks for making this available.

  • This is going to be a great plan! From the time it took to get out of bed and walk to my computer to start my quiet time, my thoughts were "what kind of idiot honks their horn continuously at 5 in the morning? If they hadn't been so inconsiderate I would feel better right now." Then my thoughts drifted back to my ex boyfriend. We haven't dated in 8 months and I am still bitter that we dated it all. "He was so selfish when X happened." "I wish my friends could see how he charms people but really isn't a good friend to anyone unless he benefits."

    This was all in the span of a minute! Perhaps I'm just a grump in the morning, but I'm inclined to believe it's my sin nature at it's very best. I am so looking forward to this soul detox because I need it! I should not be dwelling on others- whether they failed/harmed me or not. I should be focusing my thoughts on God and the areas where He can heal me and fill those voids with Himself. Here's to moving on and detox!

    • Anna

      I agree with you, we shouldn't be dwelling on others and how they treated us. We should let God deal with them. They're responsible for their actions and I am for my own. But it's oh so hard to not judge others, especially when they've treated us so unfairly. :( But with God's help we can learn to forgive and react differently next time we're treated unfairly. The good news is that we can choose to react in a more healthier manner to life's troubles because Jesus gives us the strength!

  • This is God sent. Around this time, i am fasting. This year i was seeking God on what He wanted me to do. I believe Soul Detox is it. Looking forward to the next 5 weeks!

  • Thank you so much for this plan. I really hope I can keep up with this – as you know, life can get in the way of our best intentions!

    Proverbs 4:23-24 — Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from you lips.

    This is where I struggle, for sure. How often do we let evil thoughts and feelings settle in? No wonder I struggle so much with loving my neighbors.

    • jesusgirl71

      those verses spoke to me as well. and yes, I do struggle with loving my neighbors, oh do I ever!

  • I am so happy for this plan. I always have negative thoughts running through my mind and its time for them to become positive. The saying goes "Show me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are" but in my case its my thoughts that make me who I am today and hold me hostage of becoming who I am meant to be in Christ. Excited for a new me to come out during this plan.

  • I am so excited to do this study! I started with she reads truth on the second study, so I missed this one. I tried doing both, and couldn't focus, so I am so glad you're doing this one again. I have a tendency to look for the worst in everything, something God has been working on me since just before the new year. Well, probably my whole life, but it's been more the past month.

    • jesusgirl71

      Rachel, I, too, tend to look for the worst in everything. My husband jokingly (or maybe not) calls me "Worst Case Scenario Nicki."

  • lisabethjean

    My toxicity stems from the pride in my life.
    The passage from Proverbs this morning points everything to the Source of Wisdom.
    Father, cleanse my self-pride this morning.

  • Morning all! Joy, try closing all apps on your phone before opening ‘youvetsion’. It is real wonky on my phone and I find that this helps. It seems to freeze the data flow otherwise and I cant load the readings. Good luck. Blessings to you.

    • jesusgirl71

      I am confused. the Soul Detox I found has day 1 as no bible plan content for today and day 2 in Corinthians, forget which one. not sure what is going on. Easiest to do it through Youversion as I am blind and that app is accessible more so than the site. also, even though I do have twitter, someone posting a pic of it won't help me because my screen reader doesn't read me text inside of pictures. I will try going into devotions and featured and seeing if it is different there but I thought if I typed in soul detox into the keyword search it should be the right plan, and it did say 5 weeks.

  • So frusterated that i can't get the youversion acount to work. :(was really lloking forward to this study.

    • Ashley Flores

      If you're on Instagram or Twitter I'm sure someone will post a pic of the devotion every day :-)

    • Anna

      Make a new account! Or try to change your password…they should send you a link to change your password if you forgot it.

  • rocknitat55

    Let the cleansing begin! God is up to something.

  • Just started shereadstruth this year and love the community aspect. Have done Soul Detox before and looking forward to doing it again with some others this time!

  • I found it under Featured not New or Devotional

    • Candacejo

      My apologies! Not enough coffee! I am so used to searching for devotionals i guess. just glad you found it and of course the search section would have worked as well…..goodness, lol

  • Michele owens

    I cant find the new study. Am i too early or am i having trouble with You Version? I dont want to miss it.

  • AmyKelly213

    I have spent the last year bogged down by my sin– which has let to guilt, shame, fear, self-loathing, anxiety, depression, and more guilt. The fresh start was exactly that for me… A FRESH START! I have been feeling so much better and handling things with a much different mindset. I was never without God, I was just not always allowing His grace to cover me completely. This soul detox is a perfect follow up! And I am very thankful for this community of sisters! I can share without shame, not only because I don't know you personally but because I know we all want to personally know God more! Thank you!

  • Oops ready to let go of my negative thoughts and be be cleansed by the Holy Spirit!

  • Thanks for the opening reminder that we are beautiful …because God made us! So excited to go deep into the Soul Detox devo….we all have bad habits and I for one am ready to let got cleanse me.

  • I totally needed this bible detox. :) with my wedding fast approaching it will be great to detox my life and go into my new chapter of my life with a fresh start.

  • I really need to start this plan. There is so much inside of me, only God knows about me that I have to let go. I really hope this plan will help me to look up to him during these next 5 weeks. Because, sometimes I don’t understand who I am. Lord please guide me though this amen.

  • Fear is definitely the most toxic thing I struggle with. So often it seems to take over and drown out the Lord’s whispers of truth- and I let it. I give in, even though I’m miserable in doing so. I love His timing- with verses from friends, songs on the radio, this study. So thankful that He doesn’t leave me to my own fretful devices, rather, He wants to replace that fear with His truth so that it becomes the loudest thing I hear. Let’s be diligent, sisters, in pursuing Him as He pursues us. So thankful for this community! (and for early morning breakfast with my 3 month old.) :)

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    I need this plan. I am full of toxicity, and I want to be free. Negative thoughts and emotions, strongholds that habitually hold me back: I am in desperate need of serious detox. I like use of the words "hold fast" in verse 4 of today's Bible reading, instructing us to HOLF FAST to God's healing, soul restoring, mind renweing, spiritually detoxifying Word, and LET GO of those toxic mindsets that so easily beset us. God is doing a work in us, Sisters. Thank you, Father, for your living Word at work in me and my sisters today. Help us, by the amazing power of your Holy Spirit, to hold fast to your Truth, to be set free by it, and to let go of all the things that are not Your best for us – those things that are holding us back – help us to allow You to do the life-changing, totally transforming, work in us that we need. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

    • Autumn Dawn Leader

      That should be HOLD FAST, obviously… not HOLF. It's early and, apparently, I haven't had enough coffee to be able to avoid typos!

    • Alyssa

      I'm dealing with a lot of the same struggles right now and I'm so excited for this plan! :) I'll be praying for you!

  • After a fantastic Christian retreat the verses today

    Proverbs 4:4-5 NIV

    Then he taught me, and he said to me,

    “Take hold of my words with all your heart;

    keep my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding;

    do not forget my words or turn away from them.

    were a fantastic reminder for me to dwell on all I learnt and let them change my heart and life today – if anyones interested here is my reflections

    • cely68

      hmmm…"wisdom" seems to be the word of the day for me. and ohh how I need it so – and lots of it!

      (btw…am trying to post a pic on my profile here and it won't let me. wonder what I'm doing wrong…hmmm)

  • Caroline

    I'm looking forward to joining you all with this reading plan.

    I struggle with toxic thoughts to myself. Bitter, self-deprecating thoughts. Taking "you-are-your-own-worst-critic" to a new level thoughts. Whew! I need this reading plan, eh?

    • RebelJo

      WOW! great insight! i hadn't even thought about those self dprecating thoughts. DANG! i got more work to do than i thought, tho i already knew that i had my work cut out for me, LOL!! i think spending a week on toxic thoughts is gonna help me out tons!!! stay blessed miss caroline!! xoxo

    • Madelaine

      I'm with u Caroline. I have the same condemning self-defeating thoughts. I really need this plan. I really need a sul-detox if n e 1 ever did.

    • TMichelle

      I would agree Caroline! That is exactly what I do to myself. It hinders my life, my walk and above all God's Will! Just started the plan today, but I'm ready to detox!!

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