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Great short article by Ms. Quade on the Victory Girls blog.

Did plumbing work yesterday, which was a first. So far, so good. Thank God. It would be great to save a couple hundred dollars. Rain and thunderstorms this morning. I hope it breaks the humidity and not contribute to it. Carol leaves Wednesday morning for Santa Barbara, she comes back Saturday evening. I am taking half of Thursday and all Friday off (Lord willing). Hoping for great quality time with no interruptions or distractions. Please!!!

The darkness of thoughts and mind are still something I am having to battle constantly. God is getting me through it but I really wish all the blackness would simply vanish. Something I find interesting is yesterday in my reading I came across this portion of scripture that I have read many, many times before but yesterday God pointed out to me something I had not noticed. Joh 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (emphasis added by me) He showed me it is a choice. I know a lot of my "issues" is chemistry but I still have a choice to drown or be engulfed by it - or battling it. Not to let it be troubled, afraid. Other verses then came to mind immediately that also pointed to this truth such as Philippians 4:4,6-9 (not be full of care...) and what to actually think on.


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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

(Philippians 4:6-9 KJV)

 

I don’t remember who actually called this part of the Scripture out to me, at the time I was reading a lot of AW Tozer, Vance Havner, & Martin Lloyd Jones. But when it did get in front me, boy did I ever need it. One of the worst characteristics I have is anxiety which quickly plunges me into depression. And I am not referring to feeling a little blue or in a funk, I am referencing months long depression. When I read and understood what these verses meant I then realized God had a remedy for my cycle and it is something I still use when the gears start churning.

 Often what anxiety is – is the worrying about something that has not happened but could happen or the fear of the what if. Also anxiety can start because of regret, guilt or fear of the unknown. It can also occur over what is going on. Focusing then on the truth of verses 8 &9:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


One has a filter for one’s thoughts to funnel through and if they (the thoughts) don’t meet the requirements of the filters then one can and should disregard the thought immediately and instead focus your thoughts on things that do pass the filter test. Another way that the Bible refers to this process is “renewing your mind”:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Romans 12:2 KJV)

 

The battle in the mind is an ongoing, never ending battle that one’s spiritual strength can sway to victory instead of defeat. As Paul tells us in these verses, God does not have a prescription or a strategy for us that if we follow we can be successful and who wouldn’t want that?


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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

(Philippians 4:6-9 KJV)

 

I don’t remember who actually called this part of the Scripture out to me, at the time I was reading a lot of AW Tozer, Vance Havner, & Martin Lloyd Jones. But when it did get in front me, boy did I ever need it. One of the worst characteristics I have is anxiety which quickly plunges me into depression. And I am not referring to feeling a little blue or in a funk, I am referencing months long depression. When I read and understood what these verses meant I then realized God had a remedy for my cycle and it is something I still use when the gears start churning.

 Often what anxiety is – is the worrying about something that has not happened but could happen or the fear of the what if. Also anxiety can start because of regret, guilt or fear of the unknown. It can also occur over what is going on. Focusing then on the truth of verses 8 &9:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.


One has a filter for one’s thoughts to funnel through and if they (the thoughts) don’t meet the requirements of the filters then one can and should disregard the thought immediately and instead focus your thoughts on things that do pass the filter test. Another way that the Bible refers to this process is “renewing your mind”:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Romans 12:2 KJV)

 

The battle in the mind is an ongoing, never ending battle that one’s spiritual strength can sway to victory instead of defeat. As Paul tells us in these verses, God does not have a prescription or a strategy for us that if we follow we can be successful and who wouldn’t want that?


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Another example of so-called scientific research catching up to the words in the Bible. In this case the power of the mind to affect one's wellbeing. The full article is here but here are a few snippets. Good information to know and use to improve one's wellbeing.

Psychologists now believe that just as feeling embarrassed can cause a physical ­reaction (blushing) so self-destructive thoughts can lead to ill-health, weight-gain, poor skin and misery.
 

His studies have revealed that by ­flipping negative thoughts to positive, we can ­transform our lives for the better.

In his new book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Dr Amen identifies the infuriatingly common scourge: the ANT (Automatic Negative Thought), which he describes as ‘the ­little voices that pop into your head and tell you you’re not good enough, not thin enough, a rubbish daughter, mother, worker’.
A few ANTS, he says, can be managed.


icubud: (phrenologydiagram_by_me)

Another example of so-called scientific research catching up to the words in the Bible. In this case the power of the mind to affect one's wellbeing. The full article is here but here are a few snippets. Good information to know and use to improve one's wellbeing.

Psychologists now believe that just as feeling embarrassed can cause a physical ­reaction (blushing) so self-destructive thoughts can lead to ill-health, weight-gain, poor skin and misery.
 

His studies have revealed that by ­flipping negative thoughts to positive, we can ­transform our lives for the better.

In his new book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Dr Amen identifies the infuriatingly common scourge: the ANT (Automatic Negative Thought), which he describes as ‘the ­little voices that pop into your head and tell you you’re not good enough, not thin enough, a rubbish daughter, mother, worker’.
A few ANTS, he says, can be managed.


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