The Chatter in Our Head

The Chatter in Our Head

by Precarious Yates

As a writer, I often have chatter in my head. Character talking to one another, plot ideas, theme ideas, plot twists. 

But there’s a chatter in my head sometimes that’s not helpful. Replaying old memories of things I regret, or things that hurt me. There are the times when I am at odds with someone and I constantly think of what I could say. I have dialogue after dialogue play out in my head, and often, it makes me madder than ever. I know all too well that this isn’t a healthy path to forgiveness. 

Do you ever get chatter in your head? Do you ever find your thoughts stray to unhealthy internal conversations when things get tough?  

Sometimes, these thought patterns get incessant, especially when life has thrown curve balls and we feel like the rug has been swept out from under us. 

What do we do? 

The Bible says to take every thought captive to the authority of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). But don’t stop there. Once you recognize lots of head chatter, begin to praise.  

My lips will shout for joy
    when I sing praise to you—
    I whom you have delivered. ~

Psalm 71:23 

Once you recognize that you have lots of head chatter about one specific person, pray blessing over that person. Yes, that person. 

Sometimes it helps to write things out so we can see our thoughts on the page. 

Lastly, speak out thankfulness. I find when I tell God how thankful I am, out loud, my heart starts to change, and my thoughts start to change. Those who are happy are the ones who are thankful. 

Let’s replace the unhealthy chatter in our head with healthy thoughts. That way we can speak blessing to those around us, and it will come from the overflow of our hearts! 

Have a blessed week!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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