We’ve reached the SUMMIT – 21 days of thought detox.Can you see a difference in how you’re choosing to think?
Remember the classic children’s story of The Little Engine That Could? It’s hard to nail down the original author of this story, because it’s thought to be a folk tale; but one version appeared in a Sunday School publication in 1906 under the title Thinking One Can.
“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.” – Little Engine That Could
My great grandmother read me this story of optimism and would say, “Can’t never could do anything!”
Do you think you CAN? Or count the reasons why you CAN’T?
Scientist are astounded at the mind’s ability to produce it’s internal projections. You can actually “think yourself” sick. In a trial for Parkinson’s disease, participants were informed about the possible side effects with their medical trial. Surprisingly, “65% report adverse conditions as a result” even though they were only given a placebo. This is known as a NOCEBO–a negative placebo effect. (The Contagious Thought That Could Kill You – bbc.com)
Nocebo: A negative placebo effect as, for example, when patients taking medications experience adverse side effects unrelated to the specific pharmacological action of the drug. … Nocebo comes from the Latin noceo, to harm and means “I shall harm” whereas placebo means “I shall please.”
The devil always tries to make his NOCEBO effects (“I shall harm”) appear stronger than God’s TRUTH in our lives!
(Note: I have always found it fascinating how we’re so sick we can’t go to work, but if someone suddenly gave us Disney World tickets we’d miraculously feel better. Of course this isn’t true in all illness, but it is surprising how many times our mindset helps or hinders our healing.)
God Thinks We Can
I love the story of Gideon because I can totally relate. I’ve lived life in the shadows at times. In jr. high my friends were the cute cheerleaders, while I sat on the sidelines. My sister was valedictorian, while I struggled to pass Geometry. My husband preached around the world, while I cared for the kids and cleaned the house. Continue reading…
In the beginning God DREAMED of a family, PLANNED how He would fashion one, and then CREATED them–with the SEED of His word.
DREAM PLAN CREATE
When God dreamed of a new nation he planted the seeds of His dream in Abraham’s mind. It all began with an IDEA–a BIG GOD IDEA. The only problem–Abraham had no framework of what a nation was or how it would be possible. God took him outside of his limited mindset to ignite his imagination with some dream seed…
He took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “Your offspring will be that numerous.” Genesis 15:5 HCSB
You Need to Practice Pondering
God planted dream seeds in young Joseph that would save Abraham’s star nation. Pondering those dreams kept him from rendezvousing with wayward wives and throwing in the towel behind prison doors.
We choose to harbor or abort the DREAM SEED by how we “let is dwell” or “let it leave”.
“let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).(underline mine)
The Father DREAMED, PLANNED and CREATED a way to redeem his family back to himself. He planted the dream seed in Mary who would carry the seed of his idea to us.
But Mary treasured up all these things and *pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 (emphasis added)
*pondering them = (symballō) to throw together, to bring together / bring together in ONE’S MIND, CONFER WITH ONE’S SELF
What is a beautiful mind? Art is always subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is very subjective to people, but not to God. What does a beautiful mind look like to Him?
A Beautiful Mind…
Receives revelation from the Spirit
Imagine a thirsty dry plant in need of a major summer soaking. Cheers of joy arise as the rain begins to drip, drip, drip down. Life and refreshment to the dehydrated and exhausted soil provided abundantly. Provision bestowed…but not received because of the umbrella shielding the clay from the downpour. What umbrella do you hold that hinders the downpour of God’s thoughts?
These umbrellas are mindsets that limit and block our thoughts from receiving God’s. It could be insecurity, a scarcity mentality, fear, or many other things we throw up as EXCUSES.
Umbrellas sound like this…“I couldn’t do that because I owe too much money. I can’t dream that because I’m too old. I couldn’t have that because I know it’s too expensive. I couldn’t try that because I’m too scared.”
God pours HIS THOUGHTS and DREAMS out and we put our hand over the cup saying, “Oh, no thank you. I couldn’t possibly have that.” (Did you read the statement in a proper British accent? Because we usually resist God’s thoughts very politely…yet firmly.) Our cup is empty and in great need of refilling, but we stop the downpour and keep GOD’s IDEAS at bay for fear that it’s too good to be true.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1 Corinthians 2: 12Continue reading…
One of my favorite responses has become, “I’m not going to waste brain cells on that.”
I grew up with the famous anti-drug “Just Say No” slogan championed by Nancy Reagan. Remember the commercial featuring a frying egg in a sizzling skillet with a voice saying, “This is your brain…this is your brain on drugs…any questions?” I remember vowing to protect my brain cells from impending frying pans! I was armed and ready to avoid sniffing paint and cocaine, but there’s another brain cell killer that threatens us everyday. Stress.
Stress creates free radicals that kill brain cells.Cortisol creates a surplus of the neurotransmitter glutamate. (11) Glutamate creates free radicals — unattached oxygen molecules — that attack brain cells much in the same way that oxygen attacks metal, causing it to rust. (12) – bebrainfit.comStress makes your brain rust!
How could someone made in the CREATOR’S image not be creative? Genesis 1:1 introduces us to the beginning of all creation. In the beginning–God created something BIG out of nothing! The Father dreamed of a family and created a universe to house them. He dreamed it, and then spoke it into being.
1 1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. Genesis 1:1-2 Message
I think Autumn is the best time of year with falling leaves, football games, pumpkins, sweaters and cooler weather. The thing I cherish most about fall is the beloved pumpkin spice latte. Can I get a witness?
I recently heard a story of a lady who…wait for it…HATES pumpkin spice lattes. (I know it’s hard to image.) She shared the reason for her aversion and it painted a bigger picture for me. When she was a little girl her dad made pumpkin spice bread for the family. Instead of adding baking powder he used baking soda! The bread smelled heavenly, but it tasted too salty and rancid. Today whenever she thinks of trying anything with pumpkin spice her mind runs to that first bad experience.Her brain classifies and judges ALL pumpkin spice items as distasteful. She needs a memory redemption. I wish I could invite her to the coffee shop.
How many of us do the same thing? If we’ve experienced a painful incident we judge everything associated with that event as painful, and label it as dangerous. This is the precursor of prejudice–judging all by the actions of a few.
I got hurt in church, thus all churches are hurtful. I was abused by a man; all men are abusive. I was robbed by a teenager; all teens are criminals. My boss was unfair; all bosses are out to get me.
You get the idea. You’ve just discovered the devil’s major scheme to STEAL our future. He tries to trick us into judging one negative incident as life’s forgone conclusion. That negative memory does not have to be your fate! It can be REDEEMED and exchanged for God’s greater purpose.
We can’t change the FACTS of what happened to us, but we CAN change our response and embrace the TRUTH of God’s redeeming power!
Memories are powerful and real. They can be triggered by smell, sound or a feeling. How many painful memories occupy real estate of your head?Continue reading…
Today, let’s inventory our THOUGHTS and the WORDS we produce from those thoughts. I challenge you to take an inventory of your words for the next 24 hours, including the words that float around in your mind like a song stuck on repeat.
Thoughts and words are inseparable. Words come to our brain as thoughts and then out of our mouth as a message. Complementary and reciprocal, it’s hard to tell which came first.
Words are CONTAINERS; they hold power to create or destroy life. Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue …”
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart** brings forth good things…Matthew 12:34-35 (NKJ)
**kardia = the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors
You Are A Hoarder
Whether you know it or not, you are a word hoarder! Every day you store words in the thesaurus of your soul. How is your word wealth?
The Greek word for treasure is thesaurus, which means “a place in which good and precious things are collected and laid up; a storehouse.”
We collect many negative words in our hearts throughout life. Many were whispered about us behind our backs, written about us, spoken over us or yelled at us. We collect those words and STORE them up to recycle. The words you store up will write the story of your life! Continue reading…
Fear loves to start stampedes. Animals can easily “spook” and set off a stampede. Their anxious frenzy sends all the others into total hysteria over a small, often unfounded, incident that’s thrown out of proportion by PANIC!
Have you ever had a thought stampede? One small thought spooks you into running swiftly down a track of despair? We also call this the snowball effect. One runaway thought collects others in its breakneck downhill demise.
Your boss simply asks to meet with you and your mind runs to the unemployment line. You hear a faint noise and your mind races to a terrorist invasion. A hang nail becomes open heart surgery in a matter of 30 seconds. These are all examples of runaway thoughts.
Panic paralyzes or causes frenzy. Our English word “panic,” originates with tales of the mythical Greek creature, Pan. Normally, a pleasant and peaceful fellow, Pan played his pipe and frolicked through the woods. But if accidentally awakened from his noon nap, his temper would rage and cause the woodland animals to stampede with frenzy. Greek authors derived the word panikon, “sudden fear,” from Pan’s unanticipated anxious indignation, and this is the ultimate source of the English word panic.
We know it’s not logical to be scared or uneasy in our mind, but our emotions don’t agree. Has panic ever seized you and caused mass terror? This fear is not a gift from God! The book of James tells us how every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. (James 1:7)Panic is not perfect. It’s author is not your Father or friend. Continue reading…
We know how to SET the thermostat to cool the house in the Texas heat.
We know how to SET the GPS for our road trip destination.
We know how to SET the oven temperature to cook the brownies.
We recently watched the Rio olympic volleyball teams SET the ball for the killer spike.
We can SET a date for the big event.
We SET the alarm clock for the next day.
Why is it so hard to SET our minds?
As a society we are busier with more potential distractions than ever before. We’re dinged with notifications, we’re buzzed with texts, we’re targeted by marketers, we’re lobbied for votes, and hustled by unsolicited emails.
Just as we focus our thoughts to God’s calling and commit to follow through with serving our neighbor, loving our spouse and staying positive–SQUIRREL! (You know this inside joke if you’ve seen the adorable movie, Up! Dug, the yellow dog is wholeheartedly committed to the adventure, until…you guessed it, he sees a squirrel and then all attention is diverted and the mission is abandoned.) Continue reading…
How’s your mind renovation coming? Can’t you just see the Father, the master designer and architect, walking through the rooms and smiling over the progress?
We built a house a few years ago. It was a grueling process, but my favorite thing each week was walking through hunting for improvements and rejoicing over each little completion.
Be patient. Mind renewal takes time. We’ve had bad thought habits for years (some of us decades), so it’s a process of daily faithfulness to renew those old patterns. I love what Kris Valloton says about process.
“If you embrace the promise without the process, you are living in a fantasy.” (Kris Valloton)
I wish it was possible to take BEFORE pics of our minds to see the progress we’ve made in just one week! How are your thoughts begin to shift?
Life Begins with God’s Choice
Life begins with God’s choice; he choose you! (Ephesians 1:4) Then out of his love for us, he gives us our turn to choose.
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Ephesians 1:4 Message