DEEP SUMMARY - Get Out of Your Head_ Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts - Jennie Allen

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Here is a summary of the key points from the introduction:

  • The author struggles with controlling her thoughts, which often spiral negatively. This makes her feel the need to write a book helping others with this issue.

  • One example she shares is waking up intending to spend time with God, but getting distracted by her phone and social media. This led to discouraging thoughts about herself and her work.

  • Within an hour of waking up, negative thoughts caused her to spiral into feeling inadequate, criticizing her work, wanting to quit ministry, ignoring God, and snapping at her husband.

  • This shows how easily our thoughts can spiral out of control in a short time, leading to negative emotions and actions. The author wants to help others gain control over their thoughts like the Bible verse says to "take every thought captive."

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  • The author describes struggling with chaotic, spiraling thoughts, using an example of a bird flying wildly around her house. This represents how our own thoughts can feel out of control.

  • She raises the idea from Scripture of "taking every thought captive" to obey Christ. At first this seems impossible, like capturing a wild bird.

  • But learning to control our thoughts is critical because how we think shapes how we live. Unhealthy thought patterns keep us stuck in negative cycles.

  • The author became fascinated by neuroscience and what it reveals about changing our brains. We once thought our brains were fixed, but now know they are malleable.

  • Our emotions come from our thoughts. To create change, we must go to the root - our thinking. The Bible and science agree we can transform our minds.

  • On average people have 30,000 thoughts per day, many of them toxic. Instead of trying to capture them all, what if we focused on just one positive, powerful thought? This could shift the spiral.

  • There is a full-on assault happening in our minds. The greatest spiritual battle is being fought in our thoughts. What we think and believe matters. The enemy wants to kill us with lies, but we can fight back.

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  • Jennie had a strange experience at a megachurch where the power went out and a woman screamed while Jennie was speaking. This led to intense spiritual doubt and anxiety.

  • For 18 months straight, Jennie would wake up every night at 3am filled with fear, doubt, and racing thoughts, questioning God's existence and goodness as well as the meaning of her own life.

  • Her usual optimism was replaced by uneasiness and exhaustion. She began to believe she was worthless, unlovable, and that her life didn't matter.

  • Jennie felt like she was in a downward spiral, as if her faith and passion were fading away. She wondered if she had wasted her life and if God cared about her.

  • She opened up to her friends about the extent of her struggles with doubt while on a trip to Uganda, admitting she felt like she was losing her mind.

  • Ultimately, Jennie learned she had to think differently about her thoughts and remember she had a choice in what she believed. She had to break free from the toxic spiral of negative thinking.

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  • Jennie was experiencing a crisis of faith and intense inner turmoil for many months. She questioned whether God was real and struggled with fear, doubt, and pain.

  • While visiting Africa, she heard a man recite Psalm 139, the same passage she had been clinging to during her darkest moments. This was a powerful experience, confirming that God was real and giving her hope.

  • Her friend Ann recognized this was not who Jennie was and that the enemy had been attacking her. Ann spoke truth to Jennie, helping break through the lies and darkness.

  • They prayed and fasted together for 24 hours, seeking restoration, steadiness, and renewed faith for Jennie. Something shifted, like scales falling from Jennie's eyes. She regained vision and perspective.

  • Though externally Jennie had seemed full of faith during that time, inwardly she had felt beaten up. But she realized she didn't have to stay trapped in darkness and learned that freedom is possible through renewing the mind with truth.

  • Jennie emphasizes that mental illness is real and medicine/counseling can be helpful tools. But she believes there is accessible help through learning to think in new ways, even in the hardest seasons. A single thought can help us all.

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  • Our minds can change in an instant when we recognize God's power to transform our thinking. After a period of prayer and fasting, the author's mind felt newly awake and clear.

  • Romans 12:2 encourages us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, discerning God's will. If we want transformation, we must go to war against the root of darkness in our minds. This takes work, patience, and grace.

  • Like Paul, we can experience a massive shift in our minds and lives when we focus on Christ. We have power through God's Spirit to tear down strongholds and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

  • The interrupting thought that can transform our thinking is: "I have a choice." As believers, we are not subject to our thoughts, behaviors, circumstances. We can choose where to focus.

  • Our "interrupting thought" should be Jesus, the axis around which our thinking spins. We must identify our fixation - the thing our minds constantly turn to - and aim to fixate on Christ instead.

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  • The author became obsessed with weight, meals, and working out, feeling stuck in this fixation.

  • Reading Paul's words about taking thoughts captive to Christ blew her mind and interrupted her downward spiral.

  • She realized she had power over her thoughts and life again through God.

  • The question became how to interrupt unhealthy thought patterns. The answers involve counseling, community, fasting, prayer, God's presence, Word, and grace.

  • We can choose to shift spiral thinking by taking thoughts captive to Christ. This rewires our brains over time.

  • The author gives the example of redirecting her son's thoughts when he spirals. We should do the same for ourselves.

  • The goal is to make Christlike thinking our automatic, intuitive response like Paul describes.

  • Deliberately interrupting spirals shifts us to the mind of Christ. We can redirect to God in stillness, community, trust, worship, humility, gratitude, and service.

  • Interrupting thoughts takes daily practice but pays off in breaking strongholds and finding freedom. God enables this mental reset through Christ.

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  • Our thoughts and beliefs lead to emotions and actions that form habits and lifestyles. This makes change difficult.

  • We need to shift from negative thinking to focus on the truths God has given us, not lies about ourselves and God.

  • We recognize our toxic thinking patterns by being aware of our thoughts and talking to God about them.

  • Self-help alone cannot redeem our minds. We need the mind of Christ - to think less about ourselves and more about God's kingdom and loving others.

  • Spiritual battles are fought primarily between our ears. Our thoughts dictate our choices and actions.

  • We must learn to recognize destructive thought patterns, take them captive, and submit them to Christ to experience true transformation.

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  • The battleground for our thoughts is not our outward behaviors but our inner thought life. Our thoughts shape our words and deeds.

  • Satan wants us to believe lies about ourselves, but God wants us to believe His truth.

  • There are three main barriers in this battle - the devil, our wounds, and our own sin.

  • The mission is to identify the enemies warring against our minds, employ the right weapons to overcome them, and walk in greater freedom and intimacy with Christ.

  • The victory is already ours through Christ's sacrifice on the cross. What's left is for us to claim that victory and fight from a place of confidence that God will prevail.

  • We must shift our thoughts from the mind of the flesh to the mind of the Spirit, choosing life and peace rather than sin and death.

  • As we go to war against toxic thoughts and believe God's truth, we will see the fruit of freedom and experience abundant life in Christ.

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  • The author's friend was spiraling out of control emotionally. The author told her she needed to spend time alone with God to find peace.

  • It's hard to carve out quiet time with God because we stay busy to avoid facing ourselves and God. We fear being put to work, asked to change, or realizing we are alone.

  • But solitude with God brings healing as He draws near to us when we draw near to Him.

  • Science confirms quiet meditation physically alters our brains, increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety. It helps us gain wisdom, insight, and an eternal perspective.

  • Like Saul who encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, removing distractions helps us see clearly for the first time. We gain the perspective we need from the only One who can truly help.

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The passage emphasizes the importance of directing our attention towards God rather than getting distracted by worries, fears, and comparisons with others. It suggests that we can either attend to the things that are crushing us, or take up the light burden that is Christ. We need to make time for stillness and solitude with God, which is the foundation for changing our thought patterns.

The passage contrasts the works of the flesh (sexual immorality, jealousy, anger, etc.) with the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) To live out the fruit of the Spirit, we must walk with the Spirit, which requires intentional time with God. In His presence, we can ask for help to see things as they truly are.

The key is to shift negative thought patterns to truths about God. For example, "I'm angry because of x" can become "I'm angry about x, so I will choose to meditate on God's kindness." Time alone with God interrupts problematic thoughts and is the basis for using the other tools God has given us to fight battles in our minds.

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  • We are created for community, not isolation. God Himself exists in community as the Trinity.

  • The lie of shame tells us that if people really knew us, they would reject us. This leads us to isolate ourselves, which reinforces the false belief that we are unlovable.

  • We are designed in God's image for relationship. We are hardwired for empathy and connection through mirror neurons.

  • Early relationships shape our brains for good or ill. We need safe, nurturing connections to thrive.

  • By isolating ourselves, we cut ourselves off from the love and support we desperately need. We can't fulfill our purpose alone.

  • God provides what we need through Christ and the body of Christ, the church. We find healing in living known and loved by Him and others.

  • The solution is to reject the lie of isolation, embrace vulnerability, and open ourselves to authentic community. We were created to walk in the light together.

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  • Our brains are wired for connection. When we feel rejected or isolated, it activates the same parts of our brain as physical pain. This explains why breakups and lost friendships can hurt so badly.

  • Loneliness has been linked to increased risk for health issues like heart disease, depression, chronic stress, and poor sleep. We were created by God for community, not isolation.

  • Choosing community over isolation requires vulnerability and risk, but it is necessary for health and wholeness. The depth of our relationships reflects our health.

  • There are valid reasons why people avoid community, like introversion, past betrayals, lack of options locally, or not wanting the responsibility. However, we must fight for valuable relationships.

  • When deciding to engage in community, remember that people are flawed but God's Spirit can help us extend grace. Keep showing up authentically and making relational risks.

  • Seek out healthy role models to follow. Surround yourself with wise counselors who can guide you. Participate consistently even when you don't feel like it. Say yes to invitations.

  • Community requires give and take. You have to initiate and invest in others too. Be willing to share your struggles and support others through theirs.

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  • We need healthy, whole friendships in order to live well. Seek out emotionally intelligent people who are making progress in life.

  • Just ask people to get together. Be straightforward and invite them for coffee, a walk, dinner, etc.

  • Say yes to invitations, even if it's not always convenient. Make an effort to accept offers to spend time with others.

  • Be fully yourself with new friends right away. Don't hide parts of yourself. Vulnerability brings people together.

  • Take initiative to bother people when something seems off. Check in on friends who are struggling. Let others bother you too - be open.

  • The last 2% - be willing to share your deepest struggles and secrets with trusted friends. Bring everything into the light.

The main message is that we need real, deep community to overcome isolation and shame. Take risks to develop true friendships. Let yourself be known fully. Support others in doing the same.

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  • The author was experiencing anxiety one Sunday night before a busy week. Despite feeling excited, she couldn't catch her breath and felt like something was wrong.

  • She realized she was spiraling into the subtle lie of "What if I fail?" and "What if I am not enough?" along with the familiar whisper that she is worthless.

  • Many of us are dragged down by anxious thoughts circling problematic circumstances or people. Anxiety has become the background soundtrack for some.

  • The enemy uses the two words "What if?" to set our imaginations spinning with doom and tales of what could go wrong. But we can combat this with the two words "Because God."

  • Freedom begins when we notice what's binding us and interrupt it with truth. "What if?" is countered by "Because God."

  • The anxiety that sends our thoughts spiraling is when our brains' fear networks are in overdrive beyond rational levels.

  • Paul instructs us not to be anxious about anything. He says to replace it with gratitude, prayer, petitions and thinking on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

  • Much of what we worry about never actually happens. We must think on what is true, not exaggerations and misperceptions.

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  • Fear and anxiety can spiral out of control if we let our thoughts run wild. We need to confront those thoughts, discern what is true versus what is a lie from the enemy, and choose to believe the truth about God and ourselves.

  • We are not omniscient like God is. When we try to control everything out of worry and fear, we are overstepping our human limitations. It is freeing to acknowledge God's sovereignty and trust Him.

  • Even when our worst fears come true, God remains our unfailing hope. By His power, difficult circumstances will not have the final say.

  • To fight anxiety, we can tell someone about our worries (even if they seem silly), actively reject fearful thoughts, remind ourselves of God's character, cast our cares on Him, and claim His peace. Community helps when we can't pull ourselves out.

  • God sees us and cares for us deeply, like a loving parent cares for their child. We can look to examples in nature, like the lilies, to be reminded of how valued we are. There is nothing to fear because God holds us securely. Choosing faith over fear allows us to live fully.

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  • Cynicism erodes our ability to see God rightly. At its root, cynicism is a refusal to believe God is in control and God is good. It forces us to look at people horizontally rather than vertically to God.

  • Experiencing awe and beauty moves us toward others in beneficial ways. When we experience grandeur and beauty, we let go of our self-focus and become more generous and invested in others' wellbeing.

  • As we turn our gaze to God, He makes our lives "brighter and more beautiful." The way to fight cynicism is to focus on God, not our temporary problems. Delight in Him tears down walls and allows hope, trust and worship to enter in.

  • The author became cynical during a difficult season, building walls around her heart. Cynicism made her critical, distrusting and distant. She thought she was joyful but it was just distraction. True joy comes from delighting in God.

  • Cynicism at its core is a refusal to believe God is good and in control. It interprets the world based on past hurts. The way forward is to look to God vertically, not people horizontally.

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  • The author had developed a cynical attitude toward God after going through a dark spiritual spiral where she felt God had abandoned her. She put up walls and avoided being vulnerable.

  • At a leadership retreat, the author sensed God telling her through Scripture that she could either try to guard her heart on her own or surrender that guardianship to God.

  • The author realized her cynicism was blocking out potential joy. God's way leads to peace.

  • Beauty interrupts and awakens us. It is evidence of God's creativity and care. Noticing beauty helps soften a doubting heart.

  • At the retreat, a friend quoted an essay about having an unexpected difficult experience. It resonated with the author's feelings of being abandoned by God in an unfamiliar place.

  • Letting her hurt out eased the author's pain. Beauty flooded in and penetrated her protective cynical walls. It reminded her of God's goodness and healed her doubting heart.

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The author snapped at a new coworker and didn't initially apologize. She tried to justify her actions by thinking the coworker was in the wrong. The author realized that pride was causing her to avoid taking responsibility. She was reminded of 1 Peter 2:23, where Jesus endured reviling without retaliating. The author realized that even when wrongly accused, Jesus held his tongue, whereas she had lashed out when a coworker "sorta, kinda, maybe misspoke." This incident reveals the need to choose humble thoughts that reflect Christ's mindset rather than self-justifying thoughts. Throughout the book, the author has discussed choices we can make to interrupt toxic thinking - like remembering God's goodness instead of anxiously doubting, or reaching out to others instead of isolating ourselves cynically. Choosing humility requires deliberately thinking thoughts that esteem others above ourselves, as Christ did.

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  • Humility is the antidote to the self-importance and inflated egos prevalent in our culture today. Choosing to serve God and others over ourselves leads to joy.

  • Humility means resting in God rather than seeking approval or acclaim. It means accepting blame and criticism without retaliation.

  • The apostle Paul embodied humility, counting his accomplishments as worthless compared to knowing Christ. He shared in Christ's sufferings and death.

  • We are obsessed with being great and achieving success. But lasting joy comes from making God the center, not empowering ourselves.

  • Jesus modeled humility by emptying himself, taking the form of a servant, and humbling himself to death on the cross. We are called to have the same mindset.

  • Choosing humility helps us let go of needing to be awesome, connects us to others, and draws us closer to God. It is the upside of lowering ourselves.

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  • The author struggles with humility, wanting to justify her mistakes rather than admit fault. She realizes the freedom that comes with humbling oneself and acknowledging dependence on God rather than self-importance.

  • Humility helps us see our own weaknesses and need for God's grace. It allows us to admit fault and make things right with others, seeing them as God sees them.

  • Humility leads us to elevate others' needs above our own, treating them as Jesus would. It comes through dependence on God rather than believing we are self-sufficient.

  • True humility is counter-cultural - it values lowliness and recognizes everything as a gift from God. But it brings deep joy and aligns us to God's purposes. We can't conjure humility ourselves but need to seek God to impart it to us.

  • The goal is to declare "Look at You, Jesus!" rather than seek self-glorification. The author prays for utter dependence on God and humility that comes through seeking Him.

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  • The passage discusses choosing gratitude and thankfulness even in difficult circumstances. It uses the example of the apostle Paul, who expressed gratitude despite being imprisoned.

  • Practicing gratitude has been shown to have benefits like improving relationships, physical health, psychological health, empathy, self-esteem, and mental strength.

  • The passage encourages readers to shift from unhelpful, negative thinking to thoughts that honor God, even if circumstances aren't ideal. It notes that we have the power to change our minds because we are new creations in Christ.

  • The key truth is that our circumstances provide opportunities to experience God's goodness, not reasons to see ourselves as victims. The passage encourages choosing gratitude no matter what life brings.

  • Paul suffered greatly yet still chose gratitude. His circumstances didn't dictate his thoughts - his love for Jesus did. Readers are encouraged to make the same choice to be grateful regardless of wounded pasts or current circumstances.

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  • Paul endured immense suffering and opposition in spreading the gospel, including beatings, imprisonment, stoning, shipwreck, etc. Yet he did not cast himself as a victim or complain.

  • We often complain about minor issues compared to Paul's trials. There is a better way - the way of gratitude.

  • We are not slaves to our circumstances. We can acknowledge suffering without letting it overtake us.

  • We should fight injustice, but from a place of peace, calm confidence, and love, knowing Christ has already won the victory.

  • Those who have suffered abuse are "survivors", not "victims". Defining ourselves as victims keeps us bound.

  • We can see God's purpose in our pain when we shift from victimhood to gratitude. Paul saw his imprisonment advanced the gospel.

  • God is transcendent yet chooses to be near us in hard times. We can praise Him now, trusting He is working for good even when we cannot yet see how.

  • Two key lessons are to acknowledge suffering without losing joy, and to see God's benevolent purposes even amidst pain. This is the grateful, non-victim stance we are called to.

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  • The author was frustrated when her son Cooper would not put on his shoes, making the family late for school. In her frustration, she threatened that he would get no Christmas presents if he didn't get in the car in 30 seconds.

  • The author realized this was a flawed threat that she would never follow through on. She spiraled emotionally in the moment.

  • The author has been working on controlling her thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through the practices discussed, though she hasn't done this perfectly as seen in this incident.

  • Going further, the author says we need to be set free from the chaos in our minds not just for freedom's sake, but to serve others. Our culture's idea of freedom is often just doing whatever we want, but that leads to discontentment.

  • The author reflects on a past season where doubt stole her zeal and left her complacent, focused on self-indulgence versus service. Complacency accepts mediocrity and the status quo rather than seeking purpose.

  • The key point is that we were made to actively participate in God's eternal story, not to be complacent. Our thoughts should be focused on how God can use us and how we can share Jesus, not just comfort and avoiding rocking the boat.

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  • We often seek comfort, pleasure, and self-indulgence rather than serving others and God's purposes. But this leads to dissatisfaction.

  • We must set our minds on heavenly, eternal things rather than earthly, temporal things. Our real life is in Christ.

  • God values work and service. We are designed to find deep fulfillment in serving Him and others, not in self-indulgence.

  • To live out God's will, we must surrender ourselves fully to Him and obey what He commands. This brings true freedom.

  • Jesus' life exemplified humble service and sacrifice, not seeking glory and comfort. We must follow His example.

  • When we fix our eyes on Jesus and serve others for His glory, we interrupt complacent patterns. This requires self-forgetfulness and embracing the race God gives us.

  • The devil tries to distract us from wholehearted service because it flows from loving and worshiping God. We must persist despite opposition.

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  • The author gave her son an important speech before he left for college, wanting to impart some final lessons.

  • She told him that he is light because she has seen God in him - she's seen him mature from a selfish kid to a young man who responds to conviction and hears from God, who loves people and puts others first. This shows God is in him.

  • So he is light by his God-given nature as God's child. This is a fact.

  • However, he is going into a dark world filled with temptation and sin.

  • There may be times he acts like the darkness, but he will never actually be the darkness. He will never feel at home in it again because the light of Christ is in him.

In summary: The author wanted her son to know, as he entered college, that he has the light of Christ in him permanently, even though he'll face darkness and temptation. His identity is secure in Christ.

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  • When we receive Jesus, we become new creations but also face spiritual battles. We must fight against sin and darkness through the power and authority God has given us.

  • Knowing our identity as children of God empowers us to think and act as Jesus would. We can interrupt negative thought patterns and choose to think with the mind of Christ.

  • Scientifically speaking, every thought changes our brain in just 10 minutes by building new neural pathways. This means we can transform our minds by consistently choosing positive, Christlike thoughts.

  • At first it takes effort to shift our thinking, but over time it becomes instinctive as we lay down new neural pathways. Keep practicing!

  • It's crucial to train our minds because under stress we will default to our practiced thoughts. So we must ingrain Christlike thinking through daily practice.

  • We can walk in freedom from condemnation by believing what Scripture says - that in Christ we are free and unconditionally loved.

The key is consistently choosing to think with the mind of Christ until it becomes our natural, instinctive response. This frees us to walk in His love and authority.

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  • The author rallied people to pray that readers would find freedom, recognizing that true freedom comes through God's divine intervention.

  • She received a text from a friend with a photo of her dad, who has struggled with substance abuse but after rehab began leading Bible studies at the facility.

  • The photo showed her dad hosting dinner for some of the men from his rehab group, demonstrating how someone conformed to God's ways can positively influence others.

  • The author sees this as an example of how our minds affect those around us, for good or ill. When conformed to Christ's mind, we can powerfully and positively impact others.

  • The author cares deeply about the reader's freedom and hopes the motivation of her words is evident. She and others are praying for God to bring complete freedom in the reader's life.

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  • Jennie Allen struggled with anxious thoughts and wakefulness at 3am, but God redemptively used this time to help her write this book. She learned to replace fearful thoughts with gratitude and obedience to God.

  • Keeping our thoughts focused on Christ allows us to rise above troubles and distractions. With our gaze fixed on Him, we can boldly step out in faith rather than be overwhelmed by circumstances.

  • When we renew our minds according to God's truth, we experience freedom from negative thought patterns. This not only changes our own lives but can also positively impact others when we pass on this renewed way of thinking.

  • The author prays that readers will be set free from destructive mindsets and be able to discern and walk in God's will, for their own freedom and to be able to set others free as well. She encourages pressing on to live fully with the mind of Christ.

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  • God has placed an army in my life to help me live how He has called me to live, not just do what He has called me to do.

  • God fought for me and set me free from sin and toxic ways of thinking. I'm grateful for the saving blood of Jesus.

  • My husband, Zac, is my best teammate supporting me in ministry.

  • My kids celebrate and champion my work rather than resent it. They challenge me to grow.

  • Chloe Hamaker believes in me and helps shape my work, like this book.

  • Lysa TerKeurst and her team helped me believe in this message.

  • My church community teaches, supports, and accounts for me, enabling me to do ministry.

  • My friends and family understand and back my calling.

  • The WaterBrook team has believed in me and spread this message.

  • Many others contributed to transcribing, editing, researching, and practically supporting the creation of this book.

In summary, God has surrounded me with an army of people to help me live and minister in the way He has called me to. I'm thankful for this team.

Here are brief summaries of the Bible verses you requested:

Philippians 2:1-2 Paul encourages the Philippians to be unified in Christ, putting aside selfish ambition and considering others above themselves.

Colossians 3:12-16 Paul instructs the Colossians to clothe themselves with virtues like compassion, humility, and forgiveness. He tells them to let Christ's peace and word dwell in them richly.

  1. Colossians 2:1-2 Paul wants the Colossians to know how hard he works for them and others who have not met him, that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love.

  2. This appears to be a reference to an article, not a Bible passage. The article discusses factors that contribute to successful group therapy.

  3. This also appears to be a reference to an article, not Scripture. The article discusses health benefits of social integration and strong social relationships.

  4. This is likely referencing a quote from the book "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown.

  5. Ephesians 5:13-14 Paul says everything exposed by the light becomes visible, and it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. "Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

  6. Psalm 32:3, Proverbs 28:13 These verses speak of the blessings of confessing sin versus concealing it. Confession brings forgiveness and healing.

  7. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul urges the Corinthians to imitate him as he imitates Christ.

  8. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, for they have a good return for their labor. If one falls, the other can help. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

  9. Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

  10. James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

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