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Your Self Talk Matters

Jennifer Rothschild

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On a crisp fall morning, I sat with my precious friend and writing assistant, Karen, in her upstairs office. We had worked on the manuscripts for several books together, and I loved the process of research and writing.

It was a brand-new world for me, and I was fully enjoying the exploration. I had begun writing my first book just one year earlier and now found myself on a fast track. I wasn't sure if I was driving, being driven, or a combination of the two. My travel schedule had swollen with opportunities that I didn't feel I could or should turn down.

So why did I burst into tears mid-sentence as we discussed the book proposal?

I still don't fully understand the reason for the sudden cloudburst, but I think it had a lot to do with exhaustion. Raw, unforgiving, relentless tiredness. Not so much physical, but mental, emotional, and spiritual. I was empty, drained, and desperate with fatigue.
Anatomy of a Meltdown
My sudden meltdown really wasn't much of a mystery. I was weary. Soul weary.
The time had finally arrived when my fatigue became more powerful than my fortitude. Instead of telling my soul to chill out, I was into some dangerous revving up. Solomon put it like this: "Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind."

I remember hearing Chuck Swindoll quote some on-fire zealot who declared, "I'd rather burn out than rust out!" And to that Dr. Swindoll replied, "What's the difference? Either way, you're out!"

Rest isn't only for our tired bodies. Weary souls need it too-our wills, our minds, and our emotions. As the psalmist said, "Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me."
My friend, that kind of rest is a decision.

Passages to Ponder:

Psalm 116:7
Matthew 11:29
Mark 6:31
Exodus 33:14
Exodus 34:21
Ecclesiastes 4:6

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