Mind Renovation – Day 20 – Let your Mind Wander

Does your mind wander?

Like hopping from stone to stone in a raging river of nervous what ifs, our mind chases rabbits.

Worry will lead you to ledges and leave you.

God is our help. In worry you're alone.

“God is a help in trouble. In worry you are on your own.  When you worry, which do you worry about, what might happen or what might not happen? Whichever, turn it around, to relieve anxiety.” (source unknown) 

Not ALL mind walks are pointless

Does your mind wander to WORRY or to WORSHIP? 

Worry’s finger points toward panic, shouting, “hurry, faster…follow me this way!” After traipsing through paths of uncertainty and clouds of confusion, you look around frantically to realize you’re lost…wandering alone in a brain fog of hopelessness.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom 

On the other hand…

Worship directs us toward the Master of the Universe who holds the compass of life. As we surrender our frets and fears to His promise we find ourselves surrounded by his steadfast strength. In worship we realize WE ARE NOT ALONE. As His presence fills the cavities of despair with renewed hope, our brain fog turns into a glory FOG–the FAVOR OF GOD!

“I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings. I will bow down…and give thanks to Your name for Your constant love and truth. You have exalted Your name and Your and your promise above everything else.” Psalm 138:1,2 HCSB

Favor of God

I Know THAT

Ralph Hagemeier is an amazing man of God and life-long missionary to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over 20 years ago he preached a message that still resonates in my mind. My husband and I rehearse it often.

In his message, Ralph encouraged us that…

We may not KNOW howHow will it all work out and be okay? 

We may not KNOW whenOh, Lord when will you deliver me from this? 

We may not KNOW whereWhere will the provision come from? 

We may not even KNOW whyWhy is this happening, Lord? I don’t understand. 

BUT…

Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my souls knows very well.”

We can KNOW THAT!

He loves me and made me for a purpose. I am His and THAT I KNOW WELL. It will not change with the hows, whens and whys. His faithfulness remains. When we turn WORRY into WORSHIP, we let this truth remain in us.

When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you…Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night! My life is God’s prayer. Psalm 42: 6-8 Message (emphasis added) 


Turn worry into worship

Turn Worry into Worship

I’ll admit it…I have a chronic problem losing my keys. I’ve learned to THINK intentionally about placing them in the same spot every time I come in. Before my last trip, I remember hanging them on the wall hook for safe keeping. When I returned home and needed my keys, they mysteriously went missing from the hook! I wasn’t tempted to worry at first, but after I had looked everywhere and asked everyone, WORRY started inviting me WANDER!

Do you WORRY your prayers or WAR with them? 

I was in the middle of writing this THOUGHT DETOX, and faced with a huge temptation to worry! (Isn’t it funny how that always happens.) Philippians 4:6, bounced off the walls of my mind and I told myself…

Instead of worrying about HOW my keys could just disappear and WHY this was happening to me and WHEN I would ever find them…I will yet PRAISE HIM! Every time I would start to worry about them, I’d turn it into a prayer thanking Him for helping me find my keys! I praised Him for showing me where they were, and declared, “You are faithful, Lord! I refuse to worry!” 

I wish I could tell you I found them right after the first prayer. After four days of searching to no avail, I went to my office and I cleaned my desk off. Later on, I brought my yummy birthday cake balls out of the fridge and set them on my desk to share them with whoever walked by.

A few hours later, I looked up and something caught my eye. I lifted the plate up and my keys were under the plate! WHAT? I honestly can NOT explain how they got there. I’m thinking probably there’s an angel on special assignment to help with lost keys and phones–and they are assigned to me regularly! I don’t KNOW HOW the keys got there, but I know THAT God is faithful and I was walking in the FOG–the favor of God!

missing keys

Where will your MIND WANDER today?

Today whenever you are swayed to wander down the rabbit hole of worry, FLIP it into a prayer of faith, or a song of worship. As you continue to thoughtfully make that decision, you will find your mind walking in the FOG — the FAVOR OF GOD!

Hey friends, get a great song STUCK IN YOUR HEAD that will lead you to worship! Download the pre-release song, “It is Jesus” by my friend Tangie Callahan – iTunes download.

It is Jesus - Tangie Callahan

Prayer:

Lord, help me choose to worship you instead of worry. I pray for the Holy Spirit to set an alarm off in me when me mind begins to wander into worry. Thank you for a sound, disciplined mind, Lord, that I can choose to worship you. Help me to “flip worry” and worship you instead of running down an aimlessly trail of what ifs, whys and whens. I trust THAT you love me and are faithful to complete what you’ve started. As I put my hope in you, help me to WALK in the FOG — the favor of God. I receive your favor into every uncertain circumstance in my life. Your Kingdom come and your will be done in Jesus name! 

Scripture:

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5 NIV 

Big Thought: Turn worry into worship and let your mind wander in the FOG (favor of God)! 

One Response to “Mind Renovation – Day 20 – Let your Mind Wander”

  1. Vicki Maxwell

    This is awesome Pastor Kris! Thanks for being faithful to share your gift💕