Self-Dialogue: What Our Questions Reveal

Written by on April 3, 2017

When it comes to self-talk, a key variable is the questions we ask ourselves. Last week on Facebook I asked, What is a typical question you ask when you dialogue with yourself?” Below are the 32 responses.

Wool-gathering:
Where’s my keys?
Now what did I come in here for? LOL
Why did I come into this room and where did I put it?
When I can’t remember why I’m in a room: What am I doing here?
Why can’t I remember how to do this?
What was I just about to do?
What was I saying? Ha ha!

Challenging the clarity of thoughts:
Where did you get THAT crazy idea?
What were you thinking? And then I laugh and laugh.
What is it going to take for me to finally change this habit?
What are my feelings trying to help me see?
Am I over complicating things?
Oh, no! Was I supposed to do that?
What were you thinking?

Sorting out priorities:
Do you need that or want it?
Why am I on Facebook?
Do I try to solve this challenge or give this one to for God to deal with?
How can make today better?

Challenging motives:
I wonder if God will give me a heart today?
C’mon champion, can you fight another round?
Why did you say (or do) that stupid thing?
Why did you do that?
After experiencing deep intimacy with the Father, why do I settle for anything less?

Internal Dialogue with God
Lord, how can I serve You today? Show me.
What if I am not talking to myself, but Holy Spirit living in me? I mostly talk to Him, instead of me.

Identity & Purpose
Who are you, anyway?
What’s really going on here?
Who do you belong to? Is what your experiencing covered by what Jesus did and completed through his death, burial and resurrection?
Ok – what does THIS mean?
How can I be a better person?

Miscellaneous
What day is it?
Tacos or pizza?

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord” (Isaiah 1:18).

Friend, in which of the categories is your self-talk? How might your self-talk be upgraded? What is God’s role in upgrading the questions? What is yours?

Imagine the possibilities!
Lynn

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Comments
  1. Susan   On   April 4, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 2:12
    Love this verse. Talking to ourselves and renewing our mind!

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Susan, I love that verse, too! Up to about a week ago, I minimized my quiet times with Jesus. When I recommitted that early morning time to Him, boy, did I ever see and feel a difference in the renewal of my mind! I began to have better self talk, make decisions easier and encourage people more.

  2. Susan   On   April 4, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 2:12
    Love this verse. Talking to ourselves and renewing our mind!

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Susan, I love that verse, too! Up to about a week ago, I minimized my quiet times with Jesus. When I recommitted that early morning time to Him, boy, did I ever see and feel a difference in the renewal of my mind! I began to have better self talk, make decisions easier and encourage people more.

  3. Lyneta Smith   On   May 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve been reading Greg Boyd’s Present Perfect. It has challenged me to be more aware of God’s presence and increase my internal dialogue with God, even after formal Bible study and designated prayer time has ended. It’s revolutionizing!

  4. Lyneta Smith   On   May 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve been reading Greg Boyd’s Present Perfect. It has challenged me to be more aware of God’s presence and increase my internal dialogue with God, even after formal Bible study and designated prayer time has ended. It’s revolutionizing!

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