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?