When will I ever learn? I have a whole bin full of half finished blogs and articles. The same thing happens every time I start writing on one specific topic. Every time. I get halfway through then I become inextricably tangled up in my thoughts and my words and I become stuck in the mire and simply shut down. When will I learn to stay away from the ideas that lead to this complex unexplored territory?
What is this territory, you may be thinking, but I dare not say it now, in the shadow and dread of being stumped...yet again! So rather than set my mind to circular thinking that tarnishes the soul and bruises the emotions, I will embark on a new line of healthy thoughts.
There are scriptures that coincide with this exact need I have, to get my mind right.
2 Corinthins 10:5, reminds me, "...We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One." (TPT). I love how pointed and direct that is. The human mind, will and emotions need to be trained. The easiest thing is to let them wander where they will, but it is in our own best interest to corral them into submission, to "make them bow in obedience". If I'm not careful, my mind gets stuck in a swirl of anxiety and I find it really difficult (nearly impossible) to pull out of it.
Philippians 4, verses 8 and 9 has been a scripture I memorized as a youngster. At night, in my room, all by myself, the wooden floors of our drafty old house would creek and crack and I often had trouble with my imagination getting the better of me. My mom gave me this verse to use as ammunition for moments of uncertainty. The Passion Translation states it especially clearly:
"So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things."
This passage is really a training manual for the troubled mind. When I find myself thinking about trouble at work or financial pressures or things I've lost, I stop and remind my self, "No, think on THESE things!" Yes, all the good stuff. Not the worries, not the bad news, not the fears. Just the good stuff.
And there is plenty of good stuff. I have so much to be thankful for. So I start to count them.
food (right at the top, lol)
a roof over my head
friends, some who have walked through fire with me
God has been faithful and so very very good
The list continues on and on. He knows right where I am. He will never leave me. He will never cheat me or hurt me or turn His back on me. He is that friend who sticks closer than a brother. So I fasten my thoughts and my every hope to the goodness of God. All of a sudden the fears that seemed to shout before, are now quieted. I can truly rest on a cushion of His grace. Yes, rest. Trust. Breathe. Know.
I am loved and He's got this. He's got me.
How about you? Feel free to comment below. I'd love to hear some other strategies you have used to pull yourself out of a difficult spiral downward, or better yet, to keep yourself out of that spiral altogether.