Earlier in my life, I went through 12 years of counseling (which ended in 2006). During that time I was a part of several groups where we really got real with one another. They were not Bible Studies (I've had my fill of those), but rather they were groups where we shared our deepest pains and failings. We supported and encouraged one another. Ever since I left counseling (and the last group ended) I have desired to find another such group. I have been part of a men's Bible study group that lasted for about 2 years, but that didn't meet the need to be real.
I was recently at a meeting of Christians who were praying. On of the women there prayed this in her prayer:
"I pray that everything might turn out the way that God wants it to turn out."
I wondered why she said that and if she realized the implications of her prayer. Stop a minute and think about it. Ask yourself what that prayer might mean. Did she think that things wouldn't turn out like God wants unless she prayed that? Did she think that she was helping God by praying that type of prayer?
Looking for a Lost Treasure
I am 63 years old and I am done with traditional church (Actually, I've been "done" for a number of years, but haven't thought of it in those terms before. (see References below)).I'm tired, long tired, of being preached "at" and taught "at", I want to be interacted "with". Enough of having preachers speaking at me, and enough of having Bible teachers teaching at me. Just enough!!!
Sometimes, when we are learning to control our thinking and control unwanted thoughts, it really helps to have a thought script written out and memorized so that it can be used at a second's notice. For best results, the script should be written to apply to your specific situation.
Thought scripts are used to replace other unwanted thoughts.
Here is an example of one script I wrote, memorized and used for many years.