This month’s focus: learning to walk more in faith and less in fear:
1. Pay attention to my thoughts and slam the door on the negative.
“Beloved, unbelief is crippling. . . the steps we take forward with God we take through faith or unbelief [2 Cor. 5:7]. Therefore, unbelief literally cripples our spiritual walk, casting huge obstacles in the way of a victorious journey here on earth.” —Beth Moore, Real Freedom, The Journey, The Stories, 17.
What negative thoughts or lies do you need to shut the door on?
This past month, I’ve tried to be more aware of my internal dialogue and to slam the door on anything negative.
For example, things will never get better. Or I just can’t change.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Philippians 4:8 NRSV
What truth do you need to replace the lie with?
God has good plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11). God specializes in upcycling what is broken into something new and beautiful.
Or maybe, you need to sow different seeds in your thoughts and actions to reap a different crop.
What will you sow and what will you throw away in 2017 for a better harvest?
I write about weeds I’ve pulled out of the soil of my soul and new seeds I planted here.
2. An unexpected tweet:
— Holley Gerth (@HolleyGerth) November 29, 2016
3. Two practical tips on dealing with your thoughts:
First, read, watch, and listen to what nurtures your soul.
For me, it means reading my Bible, while I sit before God, and listen. Like in any healthy relationship, it is sweet to simply be in His presence.
Second, limit your news intake. I usually avoid watching the news before bedtime.
I prefer to listen to the radio during the day for my news.
4. Timely NYT Article: “How to Argue Fairly and Without Rancor. . .” by Christine Hauser (11/16/16)
We listen to another person as a way to show love (even if we disagree). And listening doesn’t mean preparing your reply while the person talks.
5. My husband and I finally discovered this show.
We binge-watched the first four episodes (before Advent’s message of waiting).
6. If you’re looking for an inspirational movie based on real events, check out this movie.
Note: I cringed during a few scenes because of what the players experienced.
The courage of the basketball players in the 1966 NCAA Championship Game: Wow!
Alicia Keys and Trevor Rabin’s song from the soundtrack: beautiful.
My favorite Coach Don Haskins quote from the movie: “It’s not about talent, it’s about heart…” To me: The players had talent and heart.
7. There is a time to act, but when I feel driven (by fear and/or anxiety), then I need to stop, rest and recalibrate with the God of peace.
It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his [or her] sleep.Psalm 27:2 NASB
Julie’s post-retirement prayer transformed lives first in her town then in Haiti. Love her story about Vi Bella.
So what did you learn this month? Or what resonated with you from my list?
Thanks for reading.
Because IJM has a matching grant until December 15, 2016, the $200 became $400 toward its rescue and restoration work of human trafficking victims. Please pray we can raise the $300 balance, which will make the grand total $1000, if we do so before the matching grant’s deadline.
Thanks, Linda for including my book in your short stack of soul-stretching books.
Congrats to Mary Geisen and Donna Falcone for being winners of the giveaway. (I rewrote parts of my post as it was prematurely born. I don’t recommend visiting an emergency veterinary center the night before your book launches. Our dog has recovered. The stitches are out.)
I’m honored to be featured at my friend Lyli Dunbar’s blog for #ThoughtProvokingThursday