Have you ever experienced a time in your life when everything switches around, when the world as you know it suddenly tilts? Perhaps you were living your life and everything was going okay, you were happy with your world. Then boom! Everything suddenly changes, and almost before you know what happened, every part of your life seems to go upside down. Kristi Watts experienced that.
Kristi seemed to have everything going for her in life: a rewarding job in Christian television, a wonderful son, a strong faith. Then seemingly overnight, everything changed. Her job on the 700 Club was gone, and with it her income along with a large part of her identity.
Shortly before Kristi’s life turned upside down, Dr. Myles Munroe had given her a prophesy about her future. While he was a guest on the 700 Club, he told Kristi God had sent him there to talk to her! He had a lot to tell her, but one of the points he made was that changes were going to happen suddenly in her life, and Kristi should just say “yes, I’ll do that.” He also told her, “…and don’t worry about how, God is going to do everything.”
At first, when things fell apart, it wasn’t too hard to keep the faith, to be confident that something new was going to come along, any second things would get better. But as the weeks turned into months, and then into years, keeping a smile on Kristi’s face, let alone not losing her faith, became very difficult. Despite blanketing ever possible place with her resume, she couldn’t get a job. It was not a happy time, far from it.
Kristi began to have lots of doubts and discouragements with God. With no job or money coming in, she and her son were in a bad predicament. Years earlier, when her son was just a new-born, her husband had abandoned them, cleaning out their bank account before he left. While married, he constantly put her down, and condemned her dreams. Self-doubt began hammering away at Kristi. Maybe all those poisonous things her former husband said were true she wondered, perhaps she couldn’t do anything right.
It was during one of those low spots, while talking with her mom, that Kristi discovered that the words that came out of her mouth could really make her happy, or sad—despite the circumstances she was in. Her discovery verified Proverbs 18:21:
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
She found how important it was to think before saying something negative about a situation. In other words, don’t curse yourself with your tongue! Kristi suggests saying positive things about your life, even if it currently doesn’t have anything good in it. She recommends following the advice found in Luke 6:45:
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”
By following that suggestion, her life changed for the better, and yours will too. Kristi’s book takes us on her journey of applying that knowledge, along with faith, to many really hard things that happened in her life. From her ex-husband’s reappearance with a “surprise,” to coping with cutting remarks from friends, Kristi tries to guard her mouth while living through the fall-out.
Talk Yourself Happy is easy to read. Kristi writes as if the reader were her best friend, and she is very real, telling her true thoughts and feelings. She even includes her failures. Most of all, she points to God and scripture as the answer for all situations no matter how tough they may be—along with a way to be happy through it all. I recommend this five star book to anyone needing some happiness in their life, especially if they are facing difficult circumstances.
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