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Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 2


Today's Text: 2 Corinthians 1-:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-20

Join us for Day 2 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!

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  • I need to take captive the thoughts of wanting to be in control. I feel so out of control right now, in trusting God fully, that its hurtful. Between submitting to authority at my job (which is not a norm for me, I usually love to play "the boss", to not knowing whats going to happen with my roommate situation, leaving a relationship and trusting if its God it will come back together, I am just all over the place emotionally. I said I was going to trust God but this is work. I feel so dependent on Him because I refuse to make things happen. I just want Him to do whatever He is going to do. So for me, I have to combat the thought that God is not paying attention. in moments I feel he does not hear my cry…and sees me, but I know thats a lie. I have to combat the thought of being embarrased. That is the biggest thing I always feel and leads me to act prematurely, bc of my pride. So trusting that God has my best interest at heart, He knows what Hes doing, and He will always make me look strong in my weakness.

  • Sarah H.

    I have had to learn to take my thoughts captive these past few months. I can be at work or home or wherever and some harmful,negative or strange thought will come to my mind to take my joy away and when that thought hits me I can become depressed,hurt or sometimes angry for no reason at all! The devil is so crafty and he knows that his time is short and he is doing everything that he can do to destroy. I am on to you devil! I can defeat you with the armor of God Almighty! I choose to think on those thoughts that are pure,just,lovely,virtuous ,of good report and worthy of praise. Anything that is not I block it out and take that thought captive! The battlefield is in the mind! You can have victory over your thoughts!

  • krystina_lolli

    Verse 12 of Corinthians spoke to me: measuring themselves with themselves, comparing themselves with themselves. Um, yea, all the time. Time to quit that. Thank you SRT. I am loving it here.

  • 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.

  • Danielle

    It's so hard to actually admit the causes to these thoughts…
    I feel sometimes that these thoughts, could feel like they are the best things in our life.
    I need to realize, these are temptations, temptations that do not bring me closer to the one I want to be closest with!
    To be closer to Him, I need to identify and withdraw those toxic thoughts, and the toxic causes that bring upon these thoughts.
    I will be strong, and I will call upon God to do this. I know he will be right beside me in doing so. "But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high." Psalms 3:3

    Lord I pray that you allow me to live FEARLESSLY in your name!

  • "What are some of the causes of toxic thoughts in your life?"

    I believe the major cause of toxic thoughts in my life is worry. I worry about everything! And these past few weeks God has been dealing with me on that. I believe that God wants me to come to that point of total trust IN Him. It's amazing how God pointed me to Ephesians 6:10-20 just a day before I began this devo. And it just so happens that I started writing a book on putting on new spiritual clothing in November last year. This can only be the hand of God (aka the Holy Spirit) God has been speaking to me in my spirit concerning the right spiritual wardrobe. God wants His children to be as conscious of their spiritual clothing as they are of their physical clothing! We cannot leave our homes without clothes. God doesn't want us to leave His Presence without our armor either! I pray that God will reveal Himself to us in new ways as we study His Word together. And I pray that putting on our spiritual clothing will be just as REAL to us as putting on our physical clothing. I'm thankful for all you women and the opportunity to discover treasures in God's Word!

  • Just started the plan today so I am trying to catch up. I wrote "Causes of toxic thoughts:" and just let the words flow from my heart. The things I wrote were: insecurities, comparison to others, doubt, fear, bitterness and resentment. I believe those things came straight from my heart, and when I think about each thing I can see how it is toxic to my thoughts and life. For example, I have been struggling for the past three years to find a new job. Many coworkers with even less education and experience than me have come and gone onto new positions, while I remain stuck and bitter. I am comparing my situation and myself to them, I am doubting that I will ever find a better job, and I am bitter and resentful when others are able to make the changes I so desperately want to make. But I see that all these negative thoughts are toxic to me, so today I will try harder to thank God for his master plan for me, even though I don't know what it is…and to thank him for blessing my friends and coworkers as well!

  • Ellen MR

    Thank you! Will try your suggestions :)

  • You know when you feel like you are in a bad dream? Well the enemy has been tellin me things that are not true! For a few days I believed them! Yes I am human and I make mistakes and have faults and admit them, but wow what's happening at my work has been wild. I am glad Jesus loves me no matter how far away we feel from Him!

  • At first I thought these readings didn't really apply to me. I am well armed against the devil. The devil for me is this horrible thing that lives in the shadows who I hardly ever see.

    I realized that the devil is chipping at me in a bunch of little ways (death my a thousand cuts) that I have labeled as not being a 'big deal.' Things like swearing (as long as I don't do it a ton), fast food (I abuse my body with), gossip, judgmental thoughts. These are the things I need to arm myself against. That is what I am praying for tonight. REALIZATION and protection from the 'little things.'

  • Today's reading brought back memories of when I was younger. In Sunday School Class when we would have the dress up armor that was labeled with the armor of the Lord references. Or the Armor of the Lord song. :) And then I realized, how easy is it as we grow up and become more independent that we often forget the simple truths such as the armor of the Lord. I know I have. I often run at things with out my "armor" on and then feel as if I have lost my battle because I ran before putting on my "armor" & trusting God to handle the big things and lead my path. At that point I often need to recalculate my thoughts, sallow my pride, and ask God for his guidance & help. I pray as I continue the soul detox devotion that I will loosen my pride & learn to let go and let God.

  • I am so thankful for the armor of God. Some day I just need to remember to put it on.

  • I am heavy in an almost decade-long battle with my thoughts about myself, my body, food, and exercise… Today I really started to view it as a war, hoping this time if I went in to FIGHT with God as my commander in chief, with his glory in mind instead of a "better body" or even better SELF-image, the result would be different. And I am claiming that it WILL be different. This passage of scripture is one I've been studying recently and want to dig deeper into. Bug what got me today was the question, not what are the toxic thoughts in my life but whatvarenthe CAUSES! Praying for myself and all you beautiful women that God would show the cause as we identify the thought!

  • This is a ver good lesson today I had to read it twice early ride and late night ,when I went through my seperation GOD show me my dirtyness,how toxin I was in my marriage,I had to be clean up and now I practice everyday not to think of toxic thougths GOD has help me to think before I speak. I was once a filthy rag but now he has wash me.

  • Ephesians 6: This spoke to my heart particularly today. I have been having a very difficult time at work learning something new, something everyone else seems to be learning with ease, yet I am struggling. I have been angry with myself, hurt, perhaps a little jealous of others' success when I seem to be failing at every turn. What this says to me today is that God is in complete control of the situation. The devil is indeed throwing arrows in my direction; I need to hold fast to my faith, trust Him to do what he will, and teach my what he wants me to know, never losing my faith in His plan for me. Thank you Lord for your tender care for me, and Your perfect plan.

  • I enjoyed the "confidence boost" this passage today seemed to give us and remind us of. We have ALL we need to become and remain strong IN HIM. I loved that the verse stated that if we take up the full armor of God, even when we have exhausted all other possibilities and what we in our human capacity are able to do, we can simply STAND. That is all we need. If we have that faith and all else is crumbling, if we have the perseverance to simply stand, He is our strength.

  • jesspurse

    It's funny because just this weekend, God was once again speaking to me about letting go of things I've become addicted to, things that take up my time and energy and soul. It's an ongoing process, often a cyclical one, as I pick the things right back up again – and they're never "bad" things; it's maybe an actor I suddenly like or a book series or TV show, and then I obsess over it – so right now, I'm going back to blocking websites on my computer and going sometimes minute-by-minute to not get involved on my phone (which I can't block).

    God wants to root this out, and with His tools, His patience, and His strength, it will be done. 'Cause I can't do it on my own; that's clear.

  • jesusgirl71

    wow! i think what the cause is of my toxic thoughts is when I have something happen that I am not sure quite right away how I am giong to handle and I just get into panic mode. Like if I get a customer on the phone and I don't have an immediate solution to their issue. also, when I try to multitask sometimes too much. If my husband is talking to me and I am trying to read my devotions or whatever I get mad and think I don't really care what he has to say right now. usually it's not that important, at least to me. Like today he was takling about something with the inauguration yesterday that disgusted him and I'm like I don't care right now. I need to give peopel my full attention when they talk to me. those are just some of the things.

  • Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18 NLT)

    This verse stood out for me.

    We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 NLT)

    I find my self wondering every time I pray or study the word. It is like my soul just does not want to connect. Yesterday I prayed over 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. You can imagine my excitement when I saw this scripture in today's reading.

  • When I read the part about needing to identify my toxic thoughts, my first response was "No way!". I know that they are present, but taking the time to identify them? That's too painful and too hard! But how are we ever supposed to heal and grow if we can't even admit what the problem is? So here goes…

    For me, a big issue is playing the victim. Growing up in an abusive situation, its easy to feel victimized and want to be rescued. I feel like once someone rescues me, things will get better. But nothing ever seems to get better and it ends up pushing people away. I don't want to be captive to my circumstances.
    Another source of toxic thoughts is wanting to be loved, and trying to fill God's place in my heart with people.

    This morning I pray that I can partner with the Lord to stand firm!

    • Anna

      God bless you Katie as you learn to stand firm with the Lord! I too grew up in an abusive atmosphere and find myself feeling victimized quite often. But the more I immerse myself in God's word, the more I get healed and get stronger to overcome such feelings. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillip. 4:13

  • We demolish arguments! That helps me. The WORD of GOD is strong and powerful. I can apply it to the toxic thoughts (arguments) that go on in my head and gain VICTORY over them!! I knew that. You knew that. But today is a fine day for reminding us to practice, practice, practice!

  • The line that is standing out to me the most today is Ephesians 6: 16 "In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one" I forget that I have that shield and that I need to use it. In those situations where someone is hard to deal with, where they are hurtful or mean; I have to not let that evil take me over and make me return the flaming darts but remember who I am and who I am fighting for. He gives us so much, that we don't even realize, to protect ourselves!
    Some of the causes of toxic thoughts in my life stem from how others behave. I have GOT to remember that retaliation isn't my job!

  • 2 corinthians 10:4 reminded me that restoring justice is in God's hands. No matter how others act, talk or have false intentions I can rest assured in the fact that God has it all under control. Verse 6 goes on to say that after we have become fully obedient than we can go on to punish those who are disobedient. Fully obedient to Christ is a lifelong pursuit and therefore I can not point the finger at anyone else.

    Ephesians 6:10-20 gives me hope in that we indeed to have an armor against the evil and that is having the light of Christ. Even in the most dire times we are on God's team when we are for Him.

  • Dea, When God created, he saw it all & claimed it “good”. He knew we would not be perfect, & still called it good. Claim that!
    The scripturereadings today made me sit up and take note. Ladies, we are at war. We are not just walking thru life, trying to find our way. God is our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus is our sword. We need to constantly be vigilant. Extrordinary, and yet so simple…
    I pray for God’s guidance as we all battle the toxicity that is bombarded at us daily. Amen.

  • mazmagi54

    I so appreciate all the wonderful comments from all of you, I learn so much just by what you share, but I especially am thankful to She Reads Truth, even with the "bugs" of YV that you always leave the Scripture passage that we are reading that day! Thanks so much!

  • I keep thinking these terrible thoughts about myself and thinking "why would God take this on, why am I worth anything" and then I read "put on the armor of God" and am thinking He wants me to read this, wants me to be apart of this community so that I know HOW to put on that armor.
    I am a lost girl in a world of non-believers and I now understand why I need to put on that armor, why I need to stand for my faith against others and myself to see myself as His daughter.. it'll be an awesome road and I know I'll need prayers, but thank you for having this amazing community!

  • Insecurity is one of my biggest toxins. Thinking people don't like/love me, I'm not good enough, etc. So upon reading and pondering today's devotion, a new 'thought' came to my mind….When I allow myself to think people don't love me, I'm not good enough, 'they're probably talking about me' and all the other thoughts that I allow me to think….am I being selfish? After all my focus is NOT on Christ when I'm thinking those things, my focus is on me, me, me…….I'm not saying this is the case for everyone, but it definitely is something I know I will take a closer look at in myself! So thankful for this study and you ladies! May The Lord shine His light on the areas in our lives that we sometimes don't even want to look at!

    • claire

      I have learnt a lot this weekend about how even though we know God is a loving God we often don’t feel loved. Something separates us or holds us back. God wants to tear that down and break away from sin or shame whatever it is and embrace us as he did the prodigal son!

      • Dar

        That sounds beautiful, Clare. I will be ever so glad when I get to that place!

    • Anna

      I know what you mean, Dar. Insecurity is also one of my biggest toxins. I came to the conclusion that these self-pitying thoughts are thoughts of pride. I read somewhere that there are two types of pride. One is the loud boasting kind, and the other one is the quiet self-pitying kind. That made sense for me. When we pity ourselves like that, it's because our pride was hurt in some way. Pride is something we all have to deal with, whether it's self-pity or boasting. May God teach us to be humble and not concentrate so much on ourselves but concentrate on Him and His Kingdom! There are so much to do for His Kingdom and thinking about what I could do for God helps me to divert my thoughts off of myself and my pitiful situation and go forth and do great things for God, the one and only who can truly love me unconditionally. Blessings to you sister!

  • Today’s reading is speaking to me through Ephesians 6: 14-18
    “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition, to all this, take up the shield of faith, which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

    God is giving us the “weapons” to stand firm in our faith while relying on Him – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, readiness that comes from the gospel of piece, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit. Such a great reminder to use good to battle evil – not evil to battle evil.

    And finally…we are reminded to pray on ALL occasions – when we are happy, when we are sad, in need, satisfied, thankful…in ALL things, we need to remember to talk with our Lord.

  • Widdlelou

    I am so thrilled with this new study. I have been praying for God to help me seek His wisdom and let that be what comes out of my mouth not my own thoughts. When I was reading and praying and preparing for this study this one thought kept surfacing and that was my parents car. Strange I know but hang with me. My nutty parents live 10 miles down a unpacked dirt road in the middle of no where. And I'm not exaggerating if anything I'm making it sound more tame than it is. They live in the woods but love to dive really nice cars (My mom drives a WHITE Landrover). It's a sweet ride and yet it's just covered in dirt. My husband knows she has busted because there is a dirt outline of her car when she leaves. And when it has rained forget it! Just mud and clay all over. In fact last time she came I made her rinse off her lights because they were caked in mud and it was a hazard. And my mothers headlights are what keeps popping up in my mind. And it's become my prayer.

    Lord I feel like a filthy headlight, Your light is dulled from all filth covering me. Wash me clean O Lord, so I can shine with all the light you fill me with. Give me your wisdom and let that wisdom be what spills from me not for piety sake but for your purpose. Help me shine your light to fight off the evil forces that attack me and my family. Amen.

    • Hattie

      Wow, your analogy about the headlights caked in mud is so true!! I feel like that is a perfect way to describe where I am too. Looking at it that way brings a new perspective that helps me to see how being covered in filth prevents me from fulfilling my purpose and shining the most light. Thank you for sharing this! I pray for you to be washed clean so that the light in you can shine brightly!

  • What a great reminder that we need the word of god to help us with our toxic thoughts!
    I have trouble identifying why I have these thoughts, so that will take some time. I have so much to be thankful for yet I seem to dwell on the negatives. I don't think I am a person who just has to have trouble brewing….so my feeling is "It must be Satan trying to lead me astray"…any thought ? Is it possible that as a woman I feel the need to be on the constant lookout for trouble and negatives?

  • I'm so glad I came upon this site, through chance it seems but I know God brought me hear and laid all the pieces in order to bring me here after reading a girls blog that I used to go to the same church. Anyhow, I am amazed at how I had been having these feelings that while my life 'seemed' rather sinless, it really is not and the toxins around me are ever present and should not be ignored. I was deeply moved by the reading in Ephesians today, reminds me of my true mission here on earth, to know God's Word well enough to defend myself at all times and the tools to keep my life as toxin free as possible.

  • Ellen MR

    Rocknitat55 I want to Thank you for sharing such a painful testimony with such complete and total honesty!! I hope as I wade thru my piles of toxic junk I have the integrity to be so honest with myself! I do have to own these things to face them- good or bad…huh? Oh my… ;)
    Thanks for your prayers (again!) Ingrid and Brandi! :) Congrats Leah TV for your 100lb weight loss!! Wow, wish I could do that too, I think everything would be OK if I could just loose some weight- but I know I have to get rid of the real issues to be successful! Maybe after I detox my mind, hmm? ;)
    And Gail- do you remember your terror episodes??
    My son (12yrs old) NEVER remembers what has him soo afraid when he finally wakes up?! And there has been a couple times when he said he was having “GOOD” dreams when I woke him up, (whatever in the world THAT means??!!) but still couldn’t remember any specifics… Crazy!!
    May all of you have a Blessed Day!!
    I will go forward in my day, secure in His love and His protection!! AMEN!

    • Gail

      Yes, I sure do……I can actually HEAR myself screaming or calling out in a weird sort of way…..and can't stop….. When I am afraid to go back to sleep .(as the terrors may continue ) I pray the 23 rd Psalm. Using my fingers , one finger for each verse then all the fingers together for the last….that brings me peace, calm and serenity. Sometimes I fall asleep before completing the Psalm….. I now, over the years I use this method of praying and it has brought me such comfort. I just look at my hand and pray my Psalm anywhere, anytime. – it is between me and my God……no one knows that I am praying! I have taught this method of praying to children,the sick , the elderly and even to the dying…. It doesnt matter if they don't remember the words or don't know or remember how to pray as God knows the heart. Yes, we dont understand everything but we must pray at all times and on all occasions. .Blessings.

  • Teresa Thomas

    The concept of dressing our hearts for Christ (with the fruits of the spirit and other characteristics) in the morning before starting the day is one that has been recurring since 2013 began. My husband and I were examining this together, our pastor has mentioned it, our women's Bible study discussed it last week and now today here. God's really trying to lay this concept on me and I love it when He just keeps making Himself known that way.

    I would say the root of my toxic thoughts, negativity, and woe is me attitude is selfishness/entitlement. Last night I had a horrible attitude because I was tired and cleaned the kitchen anyway, I blamed the hormones (24 weeks pregnant) but the truth is I was just selfish and took it out on my whole family. Here's to God's mercies of a new day and a new chance. Clothing myself today in gentleness, meekness, a servants heart, and patience, patience above all.

    • brooke

      I'm just catching up on this series, but I was encouraged by your comments. I have such a similar struggle- a selfish attitude topped with a little (sometimes a lot) of jealousy of other women. I'm going to try using the dressing approach to my heart and prayer life. Thanks:)

  • We all know that we are constantly battling the enemy, but sometimes it is hard to recognize that just how devious the enemy may be (12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms) . Thank you God for sending us your Word … let us constantly be vigilant.

  • pfarris85

    What spoke to me most today was Ephesians 6:18: "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." I needed the reminder to pray persistently!!

  • Anneke Woods

    "What are some of the causes of toxic thoughts in your life?"

    I have realized my toxic thoughts come when I'm not faithful in reading my Word or staying connected to Jesus throughout the day. I begin giving room for the enemy to speak to my life instead of speaking God's Truth over myself, my family, finances, etc. I have recently made a life changing decision that involved a move and new job (which I started yesterday). It was one of the hardest decisions of my life. It was not a glitzy decision, but one I felt God was calling me to. Up until the day I moved (and all last week), I was questioning God. I was frustrated. "Why would God send me HERE?" "Why is He punishing me?" These are dangerous, toxic thoughts. I'm not saying that we can't come to God with our questions, but when we believe that our plans are above God's, it's because we're not trusting Him. When we get to the point where we aren't relying upon God and putting on our armor that we read about today, we leave ourselves vulnerable to the enemy. We need to put on our helmet of Salvation today, guarding our mind from toxic thoughts.

    I surrender my thought life to you today, God. Renew my mind.

    • Teresa Thomas

      Congratulations on the new job, even if it sounds like it isn’t exactly what you were expecting! I love how you phrased “speaking God’s truth over myself, my family, finances, etc” That’s something I need to improve on.


      • Anneke Woods

        Thank you! Yes, I love how God's Word is something we don't just read, but requires putting feet to our faith!

  • Christie

    In reading the passages this morning I noticed that they were action-oriented. I think sometimes I get passive and let these waves of toxic thoughts flood my mind and my spirit. These verses give me hope that I can do something and must do something to fight back.

  • At first I was hesitant to believe I should put on the full armor of God now with all the toxicity it would be going on top of- almost like I had to let it all out before I could equip myself like that. But, armor isn't just for defense. I'm not arming myself so the world can keep beating me and it will hurt less, I'm arming myself to fight back. The only offensive weapon I have is the Bible- Truth. I don't need to "be holy" first before feeling worthy or able to put on the armor now. There's no way I can be perfect, and God doesn't call me to be perfect before he will love me. He takes me as I am now, still a sinner and asks me to have faith in Him. The armor is what helps me defeat those toxic thoughts/actions!

    • martina

      Thank you for your post. It was especially helpful to read, "I'm arming myself to fight back." I like how you moved from a defensive position to an offensive position! This blesses me with courage.

  • I'm having trouble with You Version too! The enemy must be trying to keep me away from this series because, I will admit, I was almost frustrated enough to give up!

  • lisabethjean

    Thanking God today for the weapons He's entrusted to us to wage war against the enemy. Thanking Him for the protective armor He's dressed me in to repel anything the enemy can hurl.

    Praying, as Paul did, that I may fearlessly today share the mystery of the gospel to ones I encounter in my life's walk today.

  • Leah Tvt

    Oops, just noticed the scripture reading assigned in YouVersion is not the same as listed here…did seem odd that it was the same scripture reading as yesterday. Guess I got me some more reading to do this a.m.! It’s helpful reading others thoughts and reflections. Prays for you and your son, Ellen. Congrats, Bridgette, on your accomplishment! I can identify, as one who has also lost a large amount (100+). Let me just say, it gets better with time & God. Prayers for you, as well!

  • LaShonda

    Bridgette, that’s good… I congratulate your true self reflection. I have a friend that I think your testimony will inspire. She believes that the answer to her problems is her weight and I know it’s not. Be blessed as God begins to show you your heart!

  • Ladies – We have the weapons!! “…the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

    This tells me that Christ has given me all the power I need to demolish the strongholds of all of those toxic thoughts! EVERYTHING!! WE can take captive EVERY thought to make it obedient to Christ! The power that is in these words is incredible, and it is all for me! When I struggle with fear, I have the weapons, when I struggle with doubt, I have the weapons, when I struggle with anger, I have the weapons, when I struggle with confusion, I have the weapons! Yes, the answer is ~ I have the weapons! Praise Jesus!!!

    • martina

      Love your refrain, Kim: "I have the weapons!" It's true:)

    • Lindsey

      I loved this part of the reading – remembering that we have the POWER and weapons through Christ to conquer not only whatever the world throws at us, but also our own walls, fears, etc. that we bring up but sometimes never share.

  • Leah Tvt

    Verses 20-22 spoke to me today. Definitely want God’s word to penetrate deep within my heart. Want to improve my ability to draw on specific scripture to combat the toxic thoughts.

  • rocknitat55

    Name it and claim it! I am a firm believer that u can’t fix it unless u identify what needs to be fixed.
    I am a survivor of incest, and family secrets. What goes on here stays here. I have spent the better part of my life waiting to be rescued. Feeling like I am that kid. Scrutinizing every friendship, every relationship. I realize that I have put some pretty unreasonable expections out there! Even on myself. I desire myself as well as people to be prefect. When I make decesions or “Life just happens” I take on the victim role and expect someone to rescue me. These type of thoughts have consumed the better part of my life. They have coexisted and sometimes overshadowed the genus and talent that God has blessed me with.
    What I love about God is that he is always concerned about his children. Through a recent disability I became eligible for counseling. Wouldn’t u know she’s a christian. She has really helped me a lo
    Given me the tools to use when I find myself feeling sorry for myself, being mean to my friends because things did’t go my way. And most importantly I found this community. SRT, go figure a Fresh Start, and now Soul Detox.
    I have made up my mind to go forward, no second guessing, I can’t change the past but my future looks bright. Ladies thank you for allowing me to share. This is my season, my year. I will be 58 at the end of the month. 5 ÷ 8 = 13 this is 2013. I must be in a mindset to receive everything that God has promised me. God bless u all!

    • Anna

      God bless you and heal you completely! He is powerful to heal our wounds and will help us deal with the scars for the rest of our lives! "The Lord is hear to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit."(Psalm 34:18) "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart."(Psalm 27:14)

    • krystina_lolli

      Waiting to be rescued. Yep. Me too. How silly, I guess it's normal for victims? I like the new you. Happy Birthday :)

  • Bridgette

    A year and a half ago I lost 50 pounds and with that I thought everything would get better. The thing I’m struggling with now are all the insecurities that I have lived with all my life but now I can’t hide behind my weight. I pray that God “captures my rebellious thoughts” and that I can truly begin to trust that God will fight for me and continue to fight for me. I want to “stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”

    • rocknitat55

      Bridgette cogratts on your accomplishment.God will give u a spirit of praise for your heaviness.

  • This is so good for me. I have some things and people I need to detox from. My thoughts are roaming wondering how I’m suppose to fix things. This morning from reading when I got to Ephesians and put my armour on it was different. I really embraced vs 13 & 14 having done all to stand….stand. I love that. Today I choose to stand.
    I am currently learning how to truly let go and let God. I find myself giving God some things but not all.This is going to be an empowering journey. I’m already learning some things about me!

  • Ellen, I too suffer from night terrors , and I am in my 60's. ! Stress, caused by anything usually triggers mine. Since getting a little shitsu doggie, things have changed…..less terrors…..I love him unconditionally, And I know that God loves me also, with my fears and other hang-us. God loves me more than I love and care for my anyone….It blows my mind…That Love, that grace. My devotional before bedtime helps as I leave Everything to God……Or I really try to. Will pray for your son and your family. Blessings.

  • Ellen MR

    Its super early, 1am, and I’ve been kept up by my son’s “night terrors”. Reading today’s scripture about putting on the armor of God and the whole detoxing of thoughts and previous habits of letting too much TV being on- just makes me think of all the toxins we STILL pour on our kids…I monitor what is on, but commercials are smutty, every show has some supernatural element to it. You try to shelter them…I just feel guilty all the time. Especially not raising them in the church regularly! I feel like my son is struggling because of my stupidity- he’s not
    sure what to believe, but definitely tormented by SOMETHING! I have prayed over and for him, I’ve blessed the house…I’ve endured intense spiritual warfare before and am soo worried about him!! Feel as tho I can chalk another colossal mistake on to my already long list…
    I know Dr’s now a days like to attribute night terrors to other issues, but I guess I’m old-school in my thoughts (or maybe toxic?) but it sure scares me and sends shivers down my spine whenever he experiences this…
    Thanks for listening Sisters!!
    I WILL put on my armour, and put a shield around all of us, and especially my mind!!
    Thank You Jesus, for your many blessings in my life! All praise be to You, Our Heavenly Father!!
    Watch over us…

    • Ingrid

      Hi Ellen just a suggestion i don't know how old is your son i am not a prophetess, maybe try and monitor what he is watching + spend sometime with him reading the word before he goes to sleep also pray and ask God to show you what could be the cause, maybe you are doing all these things already. I will pray for you. God bless.

      • Brandi

        Praying a hedge of protection around you and your family! Also praying God will bless you with strength and wisdom as you fight this battle!

    • Anna

      praying for you and your son ellen! whenever i was little, my mom told me to sing praises to the Lord whenever i had nightmares [because the devil hates praise] and to hold God's hands. worked every time. i still pray after every nightmare and quote scripture and the terrors are gone.
      hope that helps! :)

    • krystina_lolli

      My son is drawn more to tv and videos than my girls ever were. It's easy to turn it on and get stuff done. But I have been trying to get creative with activities he can do instead when we're indoors. I've been using Pinterest as inspiration for activities and its working. He's also less violent. He's 3. Good luck with switching the tv off. Praying for you and your son.

  • I just recently had surgery and have been isolated from others or so it seems. I have had a lot of time to reflect on the past and current especially relationships. This soul detox is definitely needed and today’s reading helped me see the need to let go of some things and people in order to move forward. I can’t change the past therefore I cannot allow it to hold me captive. Help me Lord to walk a according to your vision for my life. Teach me to see with spiritual eyes
    so I can see me and my life as you do

  • …con'ting: My soul has become so intoxicated with those things that I cannot have that I'm missing out on the pure, sweet honey that God has placed infront of me right now, here, in this moment. Today in Soul Detox he asked us to identify those things in our lives that are causing our thoughts to be so wrong, crowded, no room for anyone but me, etc. I named several but I know there are much more… I pray God would take me mind through the "ringer" and throw all those origins out in front of me so that I can pounce them. Exodus 14:14 – (My version): God says "I got this, now shut your mouth and pay attention."

    • Nicole

      Bethany, I would have thought that you were writing about my life! I too have a wonderful life- blessed betond measure. I have a loving husband, three boys, a house, car, food, etc. God has brought me through a lot and yet I still am looking for something to satisfy…I often get stuck thinking about my past and the choices I made that harmed me and my relationships. I know I have been forgiven and that God has redeemed my past, but the Enemy has me tricked into thinking that I'm still missing something. In reading today's passage I realized that I need to use the tools that God has given me-His Word, to combat the toxic thoughts that rob me of my peace and joy. Blessings to you!! :)

      • Erica S.

        I've also been struggling with some events in my past that for whatever reason have been on my mind lately. And, as I was going through this devotional tonight, I didn't even connect that with the reading until I read your comments, and it was very encouraging to me! Thanks!

    • Deanne

      thanks for sharing that verse in your version! :) I often struggle with the whole let go and let God concept. I often feel like I can handle everything & then quickly feel like im drowning because I am to proud to admit that I need to let God control it….my biggest strong hold. I will be praying for you.

  • Today was great. Recently I've really been struggling with this whole "Let go and let God" concept. I've been a Christian since I was a child but that doesn't make me immune to the devil and his trickery. My thoughts of late have been flooded with memories from the past and I've realized that I'm "lusting (for lacking of a better word)" whole heartedly over my past. "Why can't I loose wait so I can feel like I used to?" "Why didn't I decide to do this?" or "Why did I decide to do that?" It's rediculous for me to feel these things when I have such a beautiful present infront of me. I have an amazing husband, the most beautiful/perfect two year old daughter in the world, I'm currently living in Italy, I have a job, I have food, a car, a roof over my head. (to be con't in next comment – my thoughts are tooo long).

    • Bethany

      ***wait = weight***

    • krystina_lolli

      I "lust" to live in Italy, and yet I have never been there. How silly. I need to stop frowning upon my current circumstances and living situation. Funny how our thoughts can become our reality. Loving this detox so far. Enjoy Italy Bethany and maybe I'll see you there someday.

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