In a world of sickness, death, stress, and worry, it is so easy to get caught up in the unknown. We are people who like to “be in the know” and who ultimately allow the unknown and the possibility of pain to captivate our minds and rule our lives. Yet, in doing so, we must realize that our thoughts impact every aspect of our lives, from our joy to our health.
I have been guilty of allowing my negative thoughts to consume me and dictate how I live my life. It wasn’t until recently that God reminded me of this; we are not supposed to know everything, if we did there would be no reason to have faith in the one who created everything, the one who is timeless and all-knowing. I have learned that nothing can prevent God’s will, so there is simply no point to stress and worry about what is to come. I think it’s really easy to forget that God is the one who is in control, not us.
I have a tattoo on my forearm that says “be still”, and is a great reminder for me as I catch glimpses of my arm throughout the day. The two simple words help me to remember that all we are called to do in times of trouble, is to simply be still and know that He is God, that He is in control, and that He loves us, nothing more and nothing less. Rest in that, knowing that God is fighting your battles for you, all you have to do is give your worries to Him and have faith that His plans are better than yours.
Our minds are far more powerful than we give them credit. They create thoughts and entertain ideas from the enemy, and in turn, not only hurt our mental health, but our physical health as well. If you are getting exercise, drinking plenty of water, eating whole foods, but you only entertain negative thoughts, your body will respond to those thoughts and not be able to heal or reach its full potential. The words we speak out loud, literally have the power to give life or to take it.
I have heard the advice to completely ignore the harmful thoughts that pop into our heads, advice that I strongly disagree with. In order to learn how to control our thought patterns, we must first be able to acknowledge and identify them. After we can successfully identify when a thought is either not true, or may cause damage to our mental, emotional, or physical health, we can then learn to let the thought go, and eventually say no to the negative thoughts that we hear.
I encourage you to speak powerful, life giving words over yourself and over your life and to give the negative thoughts of stress and worry to Jesus and watch how quickly your physical and mental health improve.
Psalms 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
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