Mindset

 

I’ve been so impressed with the brain and its capabilities to impact its owner.

 

I come from the perspective that there is a loving God, an incredible Creator. He gave us a brain that supersedes any computer.

 

“Computers are good at storage and speed, but brains maintain the efficiency lead” is the title of an article by

Mark Fischetti on November 1, 2011, found at www.scientificamerican.com/article/computers-vs-brains/

 

Our brain can work for us or against us. If we firmly believe we can do something within our range of possibilities, e.g. give up alcohol, eat healthier, put stuff away after each use, stop compulsive behaviors, etc., we are able to do it.

 

It’s called mindset. If we really want to finish our homework on a timely manner, for instance, we’ll look for resources to help us. If there are constant distractions at home, we’ll go somewhere quiet to study or get up earlier in the day when everyone else is sleeping. If need be, we’ll ask for help from those in the position to help us.

 

If we’ll take time to think about an outcome we desire, if we’ll consider the steps needed to get there, we can do things we previously thought impossible.

 

If we immediately decide things will never change, I can’t do this, then the brain will act on those thoughts as well. Proverbs_23:7a says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,” (KJV).

 

If significant people in your life have spoken negative words over you – “You’re stupid,” or “You’ll never amount to anything,” or “You don’t deserve anything nice,” you can take steps to overcome these lies or any others.

 

The Tree of Life version of the Bible in Romans 12: 2, 3 says,   “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For through the grace given me, I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think—but to use sound judgment, as God has assigned to each person a measure of faith.”

 

We are to renew our mind through reading the Scripture and through prayer and through fellowship with other people. We are not to think too highly of ourselves. Using sound judgment, we will look at ourselves as realistically as we can and thus not put ourselves down and think harsh thoughts about ourselves. Where we fall short, we can pray for forgiveness and for help to make necessary improvements. Where we see abilities we’ve ignored or downplayed we may now offer our services to those without those capabilities.

 

I ran into a young mom in the local grocery store and she said she hates to cook. She’d rather clean the yuckiest thing in the building than put together a meal.

 

I thought back to when I was a young mom. I liked trying new recipes and I studied soup making because it was economical and it was a comfort food in my mind.

 

I pictured an outreach at church with people that love to cook with those who don’t: ladies sharing ideas, and then possibly sharing chores. “I’ll clean your refrigerator if you’ll make a meal for my family.”

 

Or, ladies exchanging recipes for easy nutritious meals that kids like, possibly cooking them for a taste test and instruction at the same time. Who knows, maybe we’ll actually do that?

 

Have you been thinking of ways to help others?

 

May God bless you.

 

 

 

Cancer Shaking Faith

I have a friend that lost her thirty-six year old daughter to cancer in January. My friend has been reading in Hebrews 12, verses 26 through 28 about things being shaken that can be shaken and things which cannot be shaken shall remain. As we reel from the shock of losing this loved one that we’ve been praying for incessantly for months, and who was proclaimed healed in December of 2011, only to pass away in mid-January, we’ve felt shaken to our very core. This mom holds on to the promise of God that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and God will not let His believers go. Even so, we are hurting.

My faith feels like a wet towel slapping against the inside of a dryer, with the heat blasting, scorching, daring my faith to fluff and spring back and recover. The young lady is not related to me, but I knew her and her children and her siblings and her newlywed husband; and her mom is dear to my heart and it hurts to see her suffer and lose weight and battle some kind of respiratory illness for two months, made worse by stress, I presume.

So I cry out to God and pray for the remaining loved ones and for God’s protection and move along. I mailed out a devotional the other day that I wrote twenty years ago. It’s been sitting in a file cabinet. I’m sending out stuff that’s been sitting, thank You, Jesus. This devotional tells of my preteen’s daughter’s faith in me to buy her a certain Christmas gift that I thoroughly intended not to get her. Writing the article opened my heart to a fuller understanding of faith. God allowed me to see this faith building devo when I needed it these many years later.

We are not the only ones being shaken on this planet earth. God tells us to hold on to the end. Revelation repeats this often, “He who overcomes…” will receive a promise listed in each of the messages to the churches in chapters 2 and 3. Shaking happened 2,000 years ago. It will happen tomorrow. It’s a part of life on earth. We get tossed around.

God does His part, we have to do our part, even when our prayers don’t get the answer we’re looking for. Because God is sovereign, He knows all things, He understands all things, He is loving and kind. We are strangers here and our home is not here. So I’m following God and doing what my heartbroken friend is doing, trusting that God will work all things together for good to those who love Him, who are called according to His purposes, as stated in Romans 8:28. God gives me free choice. I choose to follow Him and not the enemy of my soul, whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy. Spiritual realities are beyond my full understanding, but what I’ve been able to grasp keeps me holding on to God and intending to overcome to the end. I hope you will join me in this journey called life, following Jesus Christ, God the Son, the Savior offered to everyone in the world. God bless you, fellow sojourners.

Daily Time

I took some time yesterday to get into the Word of God. I’ve been reading John 14, 15, 16 and maybe 17 the last two days. So much to take in, like the fact that if we love Jesus the Father loves us! How cool is that? Yesterday I felt as though the Lord wanted me to read a bit of a Christian book. So I rummaged through the bookcase and found one entitled, It All Comes Out in the Wash, by Judi Braddy, copyright 2006, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.

I heard her at a pastor’s wives conference a couple of years ago. I bought her book and put it on a shelf. Now that I’ve started it, I’m enjoying her style of writing. She speaks about the tyranny of the urgent getting in the way of our time sitting at Jesus’ feet.

I felt as though the Lord wanted me to sit with Him three days ago, and I put it off just to do a load of laundry and then to answer the phone and then to just grab a quick bite to eat. The timer went off; it was time for me to leave the house.  I wondered later if He might have suggested I stay home had I spent time with Him. I know He would have given me some nuggets of truth to ponder while traveling and mingling with others.

Proverbs 6 reminded me today to get up and around after my devotional time. The chair felt cozy and I was snuggled in a blanket. My paraphrase of verses 9-11, “Too much sleep results in poverty.”  Later in Proverbs 6 it admonished men not to be lured by an adulteress, or an application for women, not to be an adulteress, in verses 24-29 and 32-35. Satan is subtle. I need those reminders to follow Jesus’ commands and not allow our culture to influence my thoughts. All sin starts with our thought life.

In Biblegateway.com, in Second Corinthians 10 it says: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

We can change our thoughts and our actions with Jesus’ help. Hallelujah! Time for God and His Word pays dividends we’re not always aware of. In this life and the next we get to cash them in. Yay!