Crash the Chatterbox.


I need to take a moment to talk about the book, Crash the Chatterbox ,by Pastor Steven Furtick.

My mom gave me a copy last week and I've already torn through it. I felt like every page was speaking to me and am so thankful for what I have learned through its words.

Crash the Chatterbox's tagline is, "Hearing God's Voice Above All Others". I know it sounds a little loony to admit, but I have a constant dialogue going inside of my head. It gives me comfort to know that I am not the only one who experiences this. In our society, with all of the media, data input, constant connection to things outside of "our circle", etc, it's common to have so much chatter inside your mind.

In the book, Pastor Steven confronts four lies that this chatterbox likes to push into our heads. Those lies are the lies of insecurity, fear, worry, and shame/condemnation. Well, hello there, familiar "friend". ;) 

The book then shows you, using God's word, how to overpower the lies of the enemy with the promises of God. Feeling insecure? God says I am his. Scared? God says he will take care of me. Worried? God says he has been faithful in the past, and will be in this situation. Ashamed? God says I am a new person in him and can do all things through him. I appreciated the author's vulnerability in sharing his personal experiences in these areas, as well. It made it a little less hard to chew ha!

The book is a short read, but oh-so powerful. This section was particularly freeing for me: 

Starting at the bottom of page 86:

"What if the person closest to me leaves me? (gulp. soft spot. (my assertion))...(or really any other big, scary WHAT IF THIS HAPPENS?)

That would be the loneliest season and most devastating blow I've ever had to endure. For a while I'd probably feel like I couldn't go on. I'd feel like a part of me was gone ...
But even if that happens, God says he will:
Still be the cornerstone of my life
Protect me
Lift my head high
Restore my joy
Give me peace that passes understanding
Put me back together
Open my eyes to new opportunities
Lead me to triumph
Make me wiser and stronger as a result of this trial
Catch me
Help me in my time of need
Hear my cry
Breathe life into me
Cover me
Draw close to me
Send his angels to comfort me"

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Whoooa, you mean I don't have to stuff those bad what-ifs deep down somewhere? I can actually talk it out with the Lord and have him remind me that he will be there IF that crazy what-if would actually happen? Amazing. So simple, yet I had honestly never looked at this that way, and it has changed my perspective.

There is so much more packed in to this, especially about quieting the other voices of worry or shame that keep you from seeing and living in God's best. But I don't want to give away ALL the goodness. ;)I won't keep rambling, but please look in to reading this book if any of the above connected with you. If you're not feeling like reading the book, you can also check out the sermons on this book online.

Thanks for listening to my rambles. Have a great day, y'all!
LC

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