Many of us collect something. Some of us collect many kinds of things. However, sometimes we collect things unintentionally, especially in our thoughts.
For years, I was at the mercy of my thoughts. Since I didn’t manage them, they had me by the tail, and with the slightest hint of a storm, I was tossed around like a leaf in autumn.
My negative mindset led to many decisions that left me in a mess. Our thoughts lead to our attitudes, which dictate our decisions and direct our destiny.
For years I was heading further and further away from my God-given destiny because I was collecting negative thoughts.
I have always enjoyed collecting souvenirs from memories and trips. Recently my hubby and I have begun collecting “souvenirs” from moments we have seen God’s hand at work in our lives.
These memories are so much more valuable to us because they remind us of God’s faithfulness and intimacy. We find these “collections” help us manage our thoughts when negative mindsets come sliding back in or bang us around in a storm.
What we collect in our thoughts is in many ways a matter of life or death. Healthy thoughts that are grounded in truth are like medicine to our souls, minds, and hearts; unhealthy thoughts are literally toxic.The good news is that we get to manage our thoughts, so that they don’t manage us.
Here is a short list of how you can do that every day.
Collecting healthy mindsets allows us to live on purpose.
Word for the day:
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ... (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Father God, I confess my mind is a battlefield. I choose to examine every thought, so that it aligns with you. Help me to see forgiveness as a tool for my spiritual health and give me the courage to be honest with my heart and my mind.
Author: Anne Say
I looked at her life and wished it were mine.
She had a godly husband. I was a single mom. She had a beautiful home. I lived in a rental dive.
The list went on until I sighed a prayer, God, please change my life. Discouragement and exhaustion had been flooding my soul. Everything I tried left me tired and confused. My physical body was exhausted, my heart felt drained, and my thoughts were spinning down a black hole of discouragement.
The most powerful phrase in scripture.
But God heard my cry.
Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. (Isaiah 65:24, ESV)
As I look back over the years to the day I barely breathed that prayer, I can see God’s hand leading me.
He truly heard my cry and came to my rescue. It wasn’t until years later that all the pieces became visible. In that moment of comparison, He began the steps to change my life. I couldn’t see it until later. He didn’t text me to let me know He was on it. But I know that now, and this verse reminds me of many of those moments.
Maybe you think I’m crazy, but it all begins with a thought. Mindset matters. Our thoughts flow out of our hearts, and they direct our attitudes and actions. Mindset matters because it determines the direction of our lives, either toward or away from our destiny.
With a simple thought, we affect our emotional health, our physical health, and most importantly, our spiritual health. With a simple thought, we can live that abundant life Jesus promised us with joy, with peace, and with exceptional results.
Our thoughts come directly from our beliefs. Our thoughts about God, about ourselves, and about our faith directly impact our actions, our lifestyle, and our faith journey. It is the most important thing we control in our lives.
Mindset matters. What we think of ourselves matters. What we think of God matters. Most of the challenges that we face in our faith walk, even in our regular daily walk, are because we have a faulty mindset, specifically about our identity.
Our understanding of who we are, uniquely and as part of God’s family, is the foundation for a successful Christian walk. When we know who God created us to be, quirks and all, we can begin to clarify the purposes and visions for our lives.
Word for the day: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
Prayer: Father, help me to accept all of who You made me to be, just as You accept me. Help me to reconcile my past, my quirks, my shattered dreams to the plans that You have for me. Thank You for choosing me. Thank You for hearing the cry of my heart before I spoke a word. Hear the “yes” in my heart for all you planned for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Author: Anne Say