Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 4


Today's Text: Philippians 4:1-13

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  • God wants us to focus on all that is positive, noble, right, pure, true, lovely, admireable, excellent, or praiseworthy. We those toxic thoughts wether be our own or started by others lean on His word and His path for us and think of all that is good in ones life. we are filled with Jesus and the love of God, He loved us first. This alone gibes us strength.
    4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
    ^ That alone is what should be ones mantra when toxins approach. ^
    Lord, God I love you like you love me. Amen

  • I have asked myself that very question many times! It seems so much harder to think on positive,uplifting thoughts and it takes no effort at all to think negative,destructive thoughts at all. I really have to concentrate on thinking right! It's not easy but it can be done. I have made it a priority to memorize as much scripture as possible so that I can combat those thoughts when they come against me! That's what Jesus did! He just threw scripture at the devil and he had to flee! I'll do what Jesus did! It's guaranteed to be successful!

  • As I miss this day I want to thank everyonebfor your encouraging comments eachbone has help me as a I go through this dexoic of bad thinking,

  • I am so glad I checked in at the She Reads Truth website. I almost missed this wonderful opportunity to participate in this devotional. I enjoyed the last much and have been looking foward to the next.

    I live the biblical principle of exchange. When we give up the things that God did not intend for us, He always gives us something in place of it.

    We should always put in place the things of God as we allow Him to remove those things that are not of Him…THOUGHTS INCLUDED!

  • Ellen MR

    Praying HOPE & PEACE for you Joanna! As the old saying goes: “There’s only one way to go-UP!!”
    Of coarse, easier said than done. But with God, everything is possible!
    Take care, and go easy on yourself :)

  • Having hit rock bottom, has shown me how much my thoughts need to change. It is not an easy thing to do, but God is showing me the truth, HIS truth. Those are thoughts I need to be thinking and sharing. I think verse 8 said it best.

  • Ellen MR

    Amy-that is all soo right on! Thanx!
    Dear Rocknitat55, you ARE really “rockin-it”!! Go for it! There’s nothing that you and God can’t do!!
    And I soo relate to the “thought storms” you’re talking about Sarah Sepezia!! I have all 4 categories of toxic thoughts, which NEVER seem to stop! I over-analyze everything…it just has become so habitual after so much verbal abuse, that I question everything I say or that’s said to me. Wondering if I’ve said something wrong, or if I’ve been offensive in some way and then my head just runs with it!! I wish I had an “off button” I could push. I really liked that prayer you wrote Stephanie O.! I’ll be using that to control my run away thoughts. Its a perfect way to start the day!
    Emily, I read some of your blog about your son- I’m at a loss of words for your heartbreaking loss. All I know is its my worst fear, and I’m soo sorry you’re living thru every Mom’s nightmare! I do know the Lord is with you, and I’m so glad you have such strong faith that God’s plan is being
    fulfilled! I pray for your reconciliation with your daughter, and that all will lead to happiness for you and your family! I’m thinking of you.
    Have a Blessed day Sisters! Know that all of you are a beautiful reflection of His perfect Love and Peace * THANKS!!

  • This passage reminds me that dwelling on petty issues is contradictory of what God is. Paul says it in verse 4 "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again — rejoice!" Instead it says pray to God about all our concerns and thank him for what he already has done. Verse 7 "Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus".

    When we give our worries, concerns, sins, temptations to Him his peace will guard us. Now that is love.

  • Love this devotion! I have trouble off and on with worrying. Sometimes, I do trust God and do not have a problem with this. Other times, it consumes me. I have recently taken on being VBS director at my church. Completely out of my zone to do leadership, getting things together, etc. I can already feel myself panicking and worried I will not do a good job, will forget something, will not have anyone sign up to help me work this. I needed today's verses to remind myself this is for God! He will do it!!! He will provide for me. I will start praying TODAY!!! Would love to have prayers off all of you awesome ladies. The more prayer, the better! :) I know God will give me peace, if I turn it over to Him!

  • Laura Terasaki


    I stumbled upon this website last night and am so excited to be joining you all this morning. What an incredible way to stay accountable with other sisters in Christ!

    Anyway, Philippians verse 12 really stood out to me. I am so happy right now because I feel very content with my life. Philippians 4:13 was a life verse my parents gave to me as a child, but now as adult reading Philippians 4:12-13 together has a deeper meaning for me.

  • Phil 4:8 often seems like a list of nice and lovely things that I will never realistically achieve. But that's where the power of God comes in. My prayer is that we will all have the presence of mind to not get bogged down in how hard it is for us to fight this battle against toxic thoughts, but to trust in and allow God to fight it for us. Thanks be to God for his incomprehensible power!!

    • jesusgirl71

      Interesting you should say this. i always get bogged down in trying to remember 4:8 as, "ok think about what's lovely, pure, oh shoot what was the rest of it again that I am supposed to think about?" and it's not about that. thanks for this.

  • Amy, Awesome way to start off the comments!!!! Arming ourselves with His word is a great way to fight back evil!

    Oh Alyssa, Great news so glad your appointment went well!!!

    Philippians 4: 6 and 7 stood out to me. I deal with anxiety and that just felt like it was speaking directly to me. Gotta remember line 13 as well, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!" I may post these up in my office and my home to remind me to go to Him when the toxic thoughts start to flood in.

  • Stephanie Olah

    Dear Lord, replace lies with your Truth, shameful thoughts with honorable ones, unjust thoughts with just ones, corrupt thoughts with pure ones, unpleasant thoughts with lovely ones and lamentable thoughts with commendable ones. I give You total control over my mind. Amen.

  • I have prayed over Phil. 4:6-7 many, many times in the past few months and have experienced such comfort from it. Until I really was at rock bottom I didn't realize how powerful the Word really is and how it can speak into my life and my negative thoughts.

    I want to say thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who were praying for me for my doctor appt. yesterday. It went well and God has answered my prayers in ways I never could imagine! Thank you all so much! Have a very blessed day! :)

  • My husband has remarked that our minds form well-trodden neurological pathways, so to speak, based on our thought processes and habits of thinking. Creating new pathways takes more effort at first, just like tackling an unfamiliar trail. But the more time we spend on the new path, the less likely our minds will take us down that old familiar road, with all of its pitfalls and snares. Just another way of thinking about it and another motivation to fill up those brain cells with God's Truth!!

    For anyone – like me – who needs some encouragement with their scripture memorization, Ann Voskamp of "One Thousand Gifts", and Liz Curtis Higgs of "Bad Girls of the Bible" are joining in "The Romans Project", a one-year plan to memorize Romans 1, Romans 8 and Romans 12. Anyone wanna' join me?

    You can find the memorization plan and tools here:

    Have a beautifully blessed day, sisters!! God loves you more than you can imagine.

  • sarahspezia

    This detox of our thoughts this week is really digging deep for me. My mind is something that I feel like I've always battled with. Yesterday, the devotional asked us what category we struggle most in — negative, fearful, discontented, or critical — and my answer was all four. That's scary. But I can get caught up fearful thoughts if I continue thinking it's just scary and forget that Jesus frees me from these thoughts. His Spirit is alive in me. His truth is all powerful and written to us.
    I think it's easier to think toxic thoughts for me because they are more accessible and I'm really good at convincing myself. I fall into my own traps. I used to write down verses more often and keep them around with me and whenever I got caught up in a thought storm, I would read the verse out loud or say it if I remembered it. Announcing truth and denouncing lies is very important.

    Today, I will hold onto the truth and call my own bluff.

    I recently joined this community of women and I enjoy all of your comments so much. It's so nice to see that there are women out there thinking about the same things and struggling with similar things. Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone.

    • Christie

      I struggle with the fearful thoughts too and get so fed up with how limited I feel when I have them. I agree that these devotional readings have been very helpful!

  • I love the whole Chapter of Philippians but sometimes it can feel like a list of more I need to work on or do. Rejoice always, be content, think on whatever is true, be content, don't be anxious,… But when I read it today it was freeing. I don't have to do it all on my own…the last verse says we can do all these things by relying on HIM who gives us strength.

    I have been struggling with my thought life for the past years and keep loosing the battle. I need to stop trying to fight it alone and rely on Christ to give me strength and wisdom.

    • sarahspezia

      I know what you mean, Emily, about the list thing. It is so freeing to know that we are not alone in it and by relying on Jesus, we can do all things. "I need to stop trying to fight it alone…" I'm with you in that. Praying for you today about this. Jesus is more powerful than any thoughts we have — lets fix our eyes on him today. One day at a time.

  • hooleywithaz

    phillipians 4: 6-7 has continued to pop up in my life over the past 6 months "don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. and God's peace, which is far betond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus."

    worry is the toxin that permeates my life more often than i would like. worry that is not helpful, or useful, and actually keeps me from getting closer to my Lord. this verse has been giving me so much clarity and comfort.

    i've been trying to remember that God is there for all that we need, so the worry is not what will prevent or solve our problems, but asking Him to give us peace and understanding.

  • rocknitat55

    AmyKelly213 thank you for your post. U r so right. It seems that the devil knows our weaknessess, and the first thing that comes at us is these toxic thoughts. Meant to scare us, impeade us, way us down. But the Word of God is a “Lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path”. Sounds so cliche but it works. And we have to do the work. God has left his weapon (word) for every situation.

    Like this morning as I prepare to go on my interview I am slinging back doubts and fears with the word of God. Where he gives vision there is provision. I refuse to let negetive thoughts control me.

    Normally I would worry about a parking space, how far i’d have to walk on my walker. How far am I traveling by myself. But I am thinking on positive things….

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!. I will not fear for the Lord God shall be with me in the raging waters, in the fire. Surely this Interview is a piece of cake. For most of I bet if we think real hard U will remember something miracelous that God has done. A miracle, something u didn’t expect him to do. Well guess what he is that same God! He changes not. He will never leave us or fail us, U.

    My precious sisters thank all of u that mentioned me on yesterday. Thank all of you who prayed. Bless all of U as we labor to be perfected by God’s Word. I leave now to prepare for my interview. My walker is but a slight distraction and this to shall pass. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

  • I think it is easier to think toxic thoughts instead of focusing on Truth because sin is our "first love." Sin is familiar. Sin is selfish. Sin is easy. God made us to be reflections of Him- that's a pretty humble position that we don't often want to take. I know I often find myself trying to make a name for myself, but that is not my purpose. My purpose is to worship God and glorify His name, not call attention to myself.

    The Truth is the word of God. The Truth is the sword of the spirit, the offensive weapon we are given. The thing about weapons is that you have to practice with them and use them often to become skilled at using them when in matters most in battle. Soldiers think of their weapons as an extension of their own body. The same is true with scripture- the more we learn, memorize and are familiar with Word of God, the easier it will be to see a lie and combat it with the Truth He has given us. Let Truth become an extension of who I am!

    I encourage you sisters, as you learn the Truths of God and pray for you as you enter into battle. I love how verse 9 says "….practice these things and the peace of God will be with you."

    • Stephanie D

      Emc- thank you for the reminder that its ok if we don't 'get it' right away! Sometimes I forget about the grace we are given to learn something. We don't have to come out of the gates knowing it…. And I forget that a lot. Thanks for the reminder that we must learn to use our weapons until they become an extension of who we are! Great words!

    • rocknitat55

      So true. Thank u for sharing your revelation.

    • Karina

      I am asking that Truth would be an extension of who I am, and my family. Thank you for sharing your prayer.

  • Great word Amy. I have already started a practice for memorizing Scripture this year. You’re so right!!

  • Bridgette

    Amy, inspiring post!

    Verse 8 really stood out to me and I struggle with fixing my thoughts on what is true because it seems so easy to let the toxic thoughts in. I love the idea of memorizing scripture to arm myself against these toxic thoughts so that I can “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

  • lisabethjean

    If I could just apply verse 8 to my life at all times…

  • Leah Tvt

    Thanks for your inspirational post, Amy. I’m committed ,as well, to memorizing more of God’s Word so I can wield it immediately when & where it’s needed.

  • Staying focus on the word of God seems to be the focus of remaining toxic free. Giving thanks and praying about everything is so uplifting and helpful and the peace God gives is the ultimate goal in life! Lovin Soul Detox!

  • Amen! AmyKelly213 i agree and appreciate your comment. We have to keep God’s Word hidden in our heart. Psalm 119:11-16

    In The Everyday Life Bible, i like what Joyce Meyer says in “putting the Word to work”: Do you ever think about what you are thinking about? If you are not careful, your thought life can lead you into problems. It is important to think before you act, and if you concentrate on things that are true, worthy of reverence and honorable, just, pure, lovely, kind and gracious, virtuous, and excellent (see Philippians 4:8), your actions will reflect God’s character and heart.

  • Jennifer

    Amy, that is good stuff! Thx for sharing! I need to memorize more scripture myself and will be on the hunt for the ones I can beat the enemy up with when he is fighting me :)

  • Thank you Amy, your comment was so on point. And I have also committed to memorizing more of Gods Word in 2013.

  • AmyKelly213

    I think it is often easier to think toxic thoughts than to think on God's word because of our lack of knowledge of the scriptures. We need to make the time and face the challenge of diving into His holy word daily so that we can be equipped with the weapons we need when faced with the devil's tactics. My pastor spoke on it just this week when she was teaching the full armor of God. She said when the enemy comes at us, we should not have to say "hold on a minute… I think I remember a good scripture. Let me look it up."

    If the devil is telling us we aren't attractive enough, we shout back at him from 1 Peter 3:3-4: Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

    If the devil starts making us feel like we are unworthy of God's forgiveness and grace, we should shout back Romans 3:23-24: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

    When Jesus met the devil in the desert, He met all those toxic thoughts and temptations head on with scripture. He did not have to reach for His bible to look it up first. He quoted directly and confidently.

    Now, truly, I had to look up these scriptures. I've read them, bookmarked them, prayed over them, found comfort in them… But if a friend came to me needing a word of encouragement, I could tell her approximately where it is and kinda the gist of the meaning…but that's all. It is my goal for 2013 to start committing some to memory. I am starting with the ones that I need in MY battle with the devil. I need them now, but they'll be needed later too… When my testimony becomes my witness, showing others the awesome power and redemptive grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    • Leah

      Amy, great post!!! Thank you for sharing in such detai!!

    • valerie

      Awesome post Amy!

      I went to read 1 Peter 3:3-4 and kept reading and came across v3:15 – But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

      I agree with everything you said and am guilty of not being “prepared”. Memorizing scripture is now one of my goals as well for 2013.

      Thank you for sharing today!

    • Kathie W. Thompson

      You are so right Amy. Same here!

    • jesusgirl71

      I need to do this too. Very weak in Scripture memorization. I think you are right here. Was trying to think of reasons why it is easier to think toxic thoughts, and you've hit the nail right on the head here.

    • Christie

      Amy, I read your post this morning and was reminded of your words later tonight. I was reading a magazine and found myself getting very frustrated with how it portrayed women and the message it conveyed to me about how I am supposed to look. 1 Peter 3:3-4 came to mind. I guess I had not really thought of how my thoughts are so influenced by something as innocent as a women's magazine. It was a reminder to re-focus my attention on being the kind of woman God made me to be. I'm still figuring that out. Today's reading also came to mind as well. I'm glad I read it!

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