Looping Thoughts

Lord, You know the hardest

Thing I deal with is “looping thoughts”:

The clamorous cacophony of an obsessive

Past and Present hurt-angry-resentful

Repetitive mental monologue; my mute

Responses to what others have said, done

Which cause me to feel unvalued, less-than,

Unappreciated, taken for granted,

Used and abused.

These thoughts that loop are swarming

Wasps, a herd of wildebeest

Rampaging riotously through my head;

Uninvited by me, triggered by any,

Every, even trivial things.

How long I have prayed, begged

And besought You for inner healing.

Must I die an old woman, drowned

In tsunami’s looping reel of painful

Scenes with soundtrack?

Will You not rescue, make them

Stop and not return?

Wash my mind/heart in Your Word, Father;

Help me, please, to take these thoughts

‘Captive to Christ’*—‘not by might,

Nor by power, but by Your Spirit’**.

Remind me to lift them to You, and

To shout, “Grace, Grace!”**, that the

Mountain of mortal memories be moved.

For only In Christ are we saved with “sozo”***

Fullness of health and wholeness, restoration ~

I thank You that You have heard me, and

That You answer, Father.

©Jael Sook, 2017 All rights reserved.

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*4The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. II Corinthians 10:4-5

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

**6Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. 7What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”‘”  Zechariah 4:6-7

***The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong’s Number: 4982 Browse Lexicon
Original Word Word Origin
sozo from a primary sos (contraction for obsolete saoz, “safe”)
Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Sozo 7:965,1132
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
sode’-zo Verb
  1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
    1. one (from injury or peril)
      1. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
      2. to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
    2. to save in the technical biblical sense
      1. negatively 1b
    3. to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment 1b
    4. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance
NAS Word Usage – Total: 108
bring…safely 1, cured 1, ensure salvation 1, get 1, get well 2, made…well 6, made well 5, preserved 1, recover 1, restore 1, save 36, saved 50, saves 1, saving 1
NAS Verse Count
Matthew 14
Mark 13
Luke 16
John 6
Acts 13
Romans 8
1 Corinthians 8
2 Corinthians 1
Ephesians 2
1 Thessalonians 1
2 Thessalonians 1
1 Timothy 4
2 Timothy 2
Titus 1
Hebrews 2
James 5
1 Peter 2
Jude 2

Total 101

Greek lexicon based on Thayer’s and Smith’s Bible Dictionary plus others; this is keyed to the large Kittel and the “Theological Dictionary of the New Testament.” These files are public domain.

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