So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 TPT
FYI all pictures are taken on my walks and all scriptures are inspirational to me.
To understand, my life is a mixture of things, and they are one. It works for me and I prefer it like this. No need to separate anything for I have one mind and body. Separation has led to stress of trying to balance God, work, life and social. As one means they come one after the other or together looking at which takes priority first.
Church is one of them, even though we don’t meet physically but watching online has made the small groups closer to one another. Now whatever plans the enemy has will always fail, for God use it for good.
In my church we started a series on Moses a couple of weeks ago and as I have been following the series and reading it. Pretty amazing how you can immerse yourself in the story and judge what they are doing and if I was them I wouldn’t. Always been careful not to judge so harshly because I might not do what they did but I have done pretty much the same thing they have done. For in the eyes of our Lord God sin is sin.
So I will start this journey on what it means that I have things in my life that I can control and things that I can not control no matter what I do.
When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. Exodus 18:16 KJV
The journey continues…
Life is a series of choices we make. Going to university was a choice, getting my CV ready and looking for a job that is another choice. The Lord guides our footsteps as we make this choice, we might not know it or recognise it but his plans for us will always prevail and come to pass. No matter the little detour that we sometimes take, it is all part of his plan. I find this very interesting that God has a plan for my life, what road I choose, He knew before I stepped one foot before the other. As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death He will always be with me.
I thought I knew myself and knew what I want and don’t like.
As someone who likes to plan and be in control of the things in my life, one big thing that I learned is that I can not control what happens to me but I can control my response. This has taken a lot of practise, endurance, Grace and Love of God to walk this everyday.
As I look back at when I was at uni and that was a long time ago, the decisions I made don’t define me but they have shaped my character. I reflect on this journey, it was a wild life. Works of the flesh and I thank God everyday that He forgives me. Is this easy, not at all. My mind or the enemy would like me to dwell on it but this is what I have learned is to recognise it not ignore it but to keep the book of the law in
mouth daily. For we don’t fight against flesh and blood but principalities and rulers of unseen world and one of the way is to take the sword of the spirit “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Galatians 5:22 – 24 KJV
I speak life into the situation, yes I did that but my God is faithful and just when I ask for forgiveness He forgave me through the blood of Jesus and I now walk in the spirit and which means my flesh was crucified and now I am made hold. Never argue, or justify the behaviour, ask for forgiveness and move on.
Do I do this all the time, of course not. But God gives me the strength to be myself daily and to know that I am loved by him and to love the people around me. This requires me stepping out in faith each time and not being complacent because it doesn’t stop or sleep. But greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
When things happen in life, I have choices that I face, a crossroad more like it. A road that leads to stress, sleepless nights, blame, headache or another road that looks at the situation and prays about it, is this something that I can fix? No then what is the best course of action. Can I speak to someone else that looks at it from a different perspective. Giving me new insight.
How do I deal with situations? I like to journal my thoughts. It is the best way to get it out of my head and sometimes I actually write it down the old way not on my phone journaling. Phones can also be a distraction.
When I study, I write it down and this is how I absorb it and for future reference I can come back to my diagrams, depending on the situation. Staying on it daily and looking over it helps me when the situation arises the Holy Spirit helps me remember the teachings of God’s word. The picture above is about toxic thoughts, I spent days looking at ways to detox my mind and it does wonder when we look at the problem and visualise it and someone else gives you practical advice. We all detox our stomach, but actually detox your mind with the word of God, looking at the dangers of toxic thoughts and how to replace them with God’s word is a must.
Our thoughts matter so much, which is why we always have to think about what we are thinking. Negative thoughts do affect our lives and relationships with others.
Now back to my above picture of toxic thought. Which type do I experience most often? Then I will search scripture on what the bible says about it.
Always remembering that I am now one with the Spirit, So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:6 NLT
So my toxic thoughts imagine it as a box, easier to see and analyse and cast it away. Never dwell on it as that is what the enemy will want and it is a form of distraction. Never ignore, because it will keep repeating itself in your mind until you actually deal with it. Like having a song in your head the whole day, another way to get rid of the song is by playing the actual song. Listen to it and enjoy it and that satisfies your mind. And you move on to the next thing.
Practical ways that helps and continues to help me: (see the practical chart I tried to make)
- Rest: renews our minds and allows clear thinking
I find this amazing that when God created Adam on his first day God rested which is the seventh day. That is just fascinating and very important to our recovery.
- Which leads to the next, sleeping is not an operational extra (that is what I tell myself at night to get some sleep) it is part of life.
- Some form of exercise: I love to walk that clears my mind and gets me away from the situation especially now that work and home are in one building. So I use this time to detox my mind from work. Switch off if you like, physically and emotionally. It helps so much, one of my friends likes to run so she does 10K after work.
I will say getting out of the house to get fresh air for fifteen minutes helps so much.
- Disconnect from all devices, thirty minutes before bed not always possible but trying and never first thing in the morning. I purposely got a physical alarm to leave my phone out of the bedroom so I can get some rest.
This is only sustainable with the help of the Spirit as I walk with Him.
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame. Genesis 2:25 NLT
It is good to be the presence of God, because in His presence we have no shame, we are free to be ourselves.
Staying connected to Him alone can help with the toxic thoughts through Jesus Chirst and not because I deserve it but by the Grace and unconditional LOVE of God.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read. Hannah-Michaela City of Commitment @GetFit: