Negative Thoughts

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Friends, I pray that your day will be blessed and that you were able to take some time with God yesterday. 

How many of you have regrets in your life?  Perhaps you started out in college but didn’t finish or you made a career change.  Perhaps you wanted to start crafting and you bought all the tools and books but never actually got anywhere with it.  Can anyone relate to those statements or something similar?

 Do you seem to be people pleasing; or even have negative often self defeating thoughts?  Do you have a to-do list a mile long and you feel trapped by it?

Sisters, today I want us to focus on living in the here and now.  I mean the kind of living where we wake up and realize that today is a gift that has been wrapped up so beautifully and handed to us by God.  Can you imagine with me for a minute that you are lying in bed just gently waking up and you feel the peace and presence of our God lovingly handing you a gift, the gift of today.  I don’t know about you but, wow, that makes me smile.

I can probably say that most of us don’t think that way.  Our typical morning routine would be to jump out of bed with the alarm clock buzzing loudly; we rush to grab our coffee and get our day going.  After all we have that dreaded to-do list that we need to tackle and accomplish today.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with organizing your day with a to-do list.  However, we should never get so locked in that we measure our days and the success of that day in the amount of action items that we have crossed off.

Girlfriends, I’m talking about embracing our gifted day with the excitement and enjoyment of the here and now.  Be present.  Be mindful.  Be in love with yourself, your family, your creator and your life.  Take the steps today to remove negative thinking from your lives.  Most of us can’t even begin to remember the last time we actually felt good about ourselves.  We are just too busy being overwhelmed that we put too many pressures and restrictions upon ourselves. 

We need to break the cycle of the same old negative thoughts we have playing and replaying day after day.  Today we need to start to make a conscience effort to make an audible or inaudible acknowledgement that when we start down this same path of negative thinking that we abruptly stop it.  We have got to say to ourselves it is time to change the channel because I am not listening to this tune any longer. 

Stay on top of this and you will begin to see that your negative thoughts will not come as often and not only that your attitude will start to change and your mood will start to lift.   We are not victims to our negative thoughts – we are told by God to take every thought captive. 

Spend some time alone with God today reading, praying and meditating on His word found in 2 Corinthians 10:5.  Journal about some thoughts you need to yield to Christ.   What thoughts and thought patterns do you need to capture?  Write them down, pray over them, and then release them. 

Keep in mind that our thoughts can hold us back from becoming the women God created us to be.  It is so important to start our journey by recognizing and acknowledging how important our thoughts are.  Now, is the time to make that change and release it all to God and live in the here and now.  It is time to be peacefully and successfully present and arrest the clutter that goes on within our minds.  So girlfriends, it’s a brand new fresh day and God is standing over you holding out this beautiful gift – what are you going to do with it?

Praise Him!

Declutter

As the Christmas season approaches us it can be a very stressful time.  Most of the time we overspend, over commit and run ourselves ragged until we hit the bed at night exhausted.  Why not start this holiday season and start making the changes in your life. Show that you care for the home God has blessed you with by cleaning out the clutter.  Appreciate the people He has surrounded you with by spending quality time with them, stop and actually “listen” to what is going on in their lives; be present.  Be good stewards with the income He allows you to make, remember everything belongs to Him so ask Him before you spend His money.

Ok so dear friends, for those of you who are ready to join me in a true “Awakening the journey begins today.  The journey begins with you and God.  It is important that we spend some time alone with God today.  Ask him what His priorities are for your life.  Ask Him what activities or appointments are not necessary for you to be involved in; even if they are good.   Allow Him to begin to set our schedules and priorities for us.  As we’ve been learning this past week in our women’s group, we exist to glorify God.  That’s our purpose, to glorify God.  Take a good inventory of your life from how you spend our money, how you spend your time and what relationships may be unhealthy for you.   Do your life and the way you spend your time, your money and your relationships glorify God? 

I encourage you to start journaling through this process as well.  Journaling is an invaluable way to organize our thoughts, look back over our accomplishments and recognize our personal development. 

First step:

  • Grab a journal – this does not have to be anything fancy, just a regular notepad will do. 
  • Sit down with God and spend at least 10 minutes in prayer and meditation and take the time to silence the noise around you so that you can really hear God.  

In your quiet time today, please read Psalm 139: 13-16.  Read it quietly then read it out loud.  Spend time with God meditating on these verses.   We can see in these verses alone that God cares so deeply about us that we are marvelously made.   Pay special attention to verse 16, “You saw me before I was born.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”  Friends, God created a baby book for you!  He planned out your life and recorded every moment of it.  Isn’t that just like a parent; proud of their precious creation given to them by God?  When our precious babies are born we start planning their lives, we have hopes for their futures and God has those same desires for our lives; He makes plans for us.  Now, it’s up to us to make sure our lives line up with God’s plans for us.  Jeremiah 29:11.

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