Thursday Tips: Soul Searching


“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you…” Psalm 42:5-6, NIV

When the Psalmist wrote this, he was doing some genuine soul searching. I’ve been there. I have every reason to live with joy and hope and yet at times I feel the weight of worry or fear pulling down my thoughts. Dark and difficult emotions seem to take over without warning. Perhaps my soul could stand a good questioning.

Why are you still harboring anger?

Why is your fear based on numbers?

Why does failure leave you anxious?

“When you are confronted with a circumstance that challenges you, you have two choices. You can say to your soul, ‘Get depressed.’ Or you can say to your soul, ‘Hope in God.’ Place your expectation in the goodness of God. That’s what the psalmist did. He attached his hope in God to a promise from God.” – Jennifer Rothschild, Me, Myself, and Lies

That’s the idea behind today’s Thursday Tip. When we feel weighted by an untruth we attach our hope in God to a promise from God. Watch this retro video clip and I will catch you when it’s done.

Truth vs. Lies from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

As I said, I highly recommend “From Head to Foot” by Annie F. Downs, but you should know that since the creation of that video she’s come out with a NEW version of the book entitled “Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot.” I highly encourage you to check it out if you are a tween or teen gal. But more than anything, I encourage us all to continue to exchange those beat up playlists for a different tune.


  • Lisa Spidle

    Love this Thursday tip Ginger. Because last Tuesday I was listening to those lies. Wallowing in my “oh poor me” pity party. I think God literally whacked me over the head and said don’t listen to those lies. I’ve called you to ministry, this is MY plan and all you need is Me to get through this and accomplish this task. Wise words my friend. I’m on my way to making my list and I’m sure I’ll be praising God in scripture today. Thank you so very much for the post. :-) Happy Thursday!

    • @bb69048da260e82e57584de14628a67e:disqus – Happy Thursday to you, too! I am so prone to wallow. I’m continuing to learn how to identify those lies before they hit the dreaded downward spiral. Perhaps it will be a lifelong process, but I’m hopeful – for both of us!

  • Angie

    Thank you Ginger! This is wonderful….