Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Hey, Denise and Incourage–I just want to say that I’ve been appreciating these Sunday am devo thoughts from you! It is kind of like a tiny Sunday School class for me (I live overseas and we don’t have a Sunday School class!). Anyway, thanks!!

  2. Denise,
    How true that one negative thought can snowball into an avalanche of negativity. For me, the key is recognizing that my day is quickly heading south and then hit the pause button. For me, it’s often put down what I’m doing and go for a walk and pray and talk to God as I do. For the first half of the walk I pour out…a cathartic stream of consciousness. Then, once I get it all out on the table…I walk…I listen…I wait on God. Sometimes He replaces my negativity with His truth and sometimes He just gives me quiet…silence…absence of thought. It’s not a crime to just not think occasionally. I try to always remember to simply praise Him and give Him thanks. Gratitude for my blessings is a great reset for negativity. Thanks for the wonderful reminder this am. Denise…

  3. You just posted about my yesterday. According to my family I “complained” about back packs, dishes left out every where, not picking up clothes, and #1 irc …. not wiping up the counter top after making honey bread….I cannot tell you how many times my hands have landed in old honey and become stuck.

    I explained I was not the maid but the mom and they need to pick up too….they heard the complaining and scattered to avoid it.

    Sometimes its hard to sit and turn to God because I really want my family to simply clean up after themselves. ;-(

  4. Denise,
    When I feel frazzled & irritated I simply go for a walk outside, if possible. Sometimes just listening to quiet praise and worship music and letting the words sink into my head while sipping hot tea. The time is used to hit the pause button and apologize to God and letting Him feed me!
    Blessings 🙂

  5. Oh yes, how I recognize the need for a “re-set button”! How easy it is to let the thoughts snowball! Running yesterday I found myself heading toward that snowball and stopped myself with “The Joy of the Lord is my strength”: what a difference it made- I even found myself sprinting at the end. This morning, biking to church with feelings of grief and unworthiness mounting, I was right back at it again until a silent prayer brought the worship song: “Thank you oh my Father for giving us your Son and leaving us Your Spirit here till your work on earth is done.” Thank you for this reminder to take our thoughts captive in His Name.

  6. I want to join this book club because I really need to be disciplined in my prayer life. God has been speaking to me about it but it is really a battle for my focus, time and energy!