Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Outta My Mind

"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."  Romans 1:21

My biggest struggle lately has been my thought life.  When I don't intentionally focus on God and His plan for my life I notice my thoughts wandering off into places they do not belong.  When I'm having a bad day or when I'm frustrated I find myself complaining about my situation, gossiping about others, and/or judging others rather than focusing on God's directions for my life:

  • "And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."  Romans 8:28
  • "Do everything without grumbling or arguing."  Philippians 2:14
  • "A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends."  Proverbs 16:28
  • "You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things."  Romans 2:1
  • "Do to others as you would have them do to you."  Luke 6:31
  • "Love does no harm to a neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."  Romans 13:10





Holy Spirit, clear my thoughts of all unrighteousness.  Let not only my life, my actions, and my words glorify You, but strengthen me to be able to take each thought captive that isn't of You.  Father, strengthen me so that I may live "outta my mind and into Your heart."  Amen!

 

6 comments:

  1. Yep, I'm feeling lazy and undisciplined in my head too lately. In the flesh, I just get weary sometimes, of saying focused, eating right, exercise, homemaking, helping my folks, even blogging. I want to be directed by God in all things, and I fail every day.

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    1. Thank God for every new day...every new beginning...every chance to turn our focus back Upward Not Inward!

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  2. Reminds me of:

    Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become action. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it will become your destiny! - Margaret Thatcher

    Keep up the awesome work, Laura! You are gonna do great things.

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    1. Yes, thoughts seem insignificant until you realize they shape your words, actions, habits, and ultimately your character!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I've tried to re-claim my thought life too. I memorized Philippians 4:8 to help me. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."

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    1. That's a great verse to internalize!! In reclaiming your thought life, I would also pray to be able to take each thought captive that isn't of God. That has been key for me, to be able to recognize thoughts that are not God fed and crush them before they take root in my mind.

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