June 21, 2016

Navigating Rough Seasons

There are some seasons, especially the challenging ones, when “calling out the critic,” and “changing the thought” won’t seem to make much of a difference in your battle against the inner critic. Maybe you’re sleep deprived, maybe you’re in a stressful season at work, maybe your marriage is struggling, or you’re facing a full blown crisis. When this happens, the lies seem to shout instead of whisper. This is when it’s important to take advantage of “changing up your environment” and “calling in reinforcements.”

Changing up your environment can simply mean getting out of the house or the office. Take a walk, listen to music that feeds your soul, head to the beach, go for a drive, or sit with a good book at your favorite coffee shop. This one will look different for all of us depending on our personality, but you’re looking for a place and space where you can breathe deeply and focus on truth. It may also be time to call in reinforcements. Invite someone you love and trust to speak truth over the lies you’re struggling with. We take back some of our power from the inner critic when we hold the lie up to the light of truth.

I sure hope you’re planning to join us again at Tangled this Friday! This is a space and place where you get to put both of these tools into practice. Worship is one of my favorite ways to change up my environment. Declaring God’s truth over your life is incredibly effective in your battle against the inner critic, and the teaching and time with your girlfriends on the patio may be just the reinforcements you’ve been looking for.

When you experience a season that leaves you extra vulnerable to the inner critic, what are some of the ways you can change up your environment?

Who are some of the potential reinforcements in your life? Are they trustworthy, do they love you unconditionally, and will they offer godly counsel?


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