I am just returning from an amazing trip to the UK, which they would call vacation as a “Holiday”! I would say that this was the best holiday ever! This was the second trip I made out this year to Scotland but this one was so amazing because it was a getaway from my normal world. I needed the time to reflect, redirect, re-purpose, rejuvenate, re-calibrate, restore, replenish but most importantly —renew my mind!
You don’t realize how much we clutter our minds as we continue day to day with our busy schedules. It is SO good and so healthy to get away with folks that you don’t live with to refresh. There is a time to get away with your family indeed–that is a priority time to plan and save as reserved of course. However, time away with friends that you love is truly a time well spent and well deserved. This is bonding with your sisters.
They know you, understand you and allow you to take that time to settle your mind. You become a child again. Able to be that authentic loving version that you don’t get to put on most days. I have a role as wife, mother, daughter, pastor, business professional and more. It gets so busy for me –jumping from role to role. During this vacation it was just me being me…nothing else required. I fell in love with me again. I took the time to de-clutter. I took the time to discard so many negative thoughts that were building up and coming through every act. It was becoming very toxic for me.
I finished reading a book, “Fiercehearted” by Holley Gerth and continued to dive into another good read called, “Renew: Breaking Free From Negative Thinking, Anxiety and Depression” by Julie Winter. This was a hearts cry of mine. Can I be real with that?
My thoughts and actions were becoming disgusting to ME! Imagine what it was doing to others. 😦 I wanted to break free from that and breaking out to another place to reassess, refresh and redo all that was the best decision I could have made. So timely. I think I just reached the brink of a huge breakdown and meltdown that was seeping through. I didn’t enjoy being me. I hated to wake up. I hated my thoughts and I couldn’t even focus. In a nutshell–I fell into another onset of a deep depressed state coupled with anxiety attacks because of my negative thinking!
God led me to pick these books and be obedient to study them. My mind was becoming way too negative for me to function properly. I felt so broken inside–so unimportant. I felt less than a person. I felt less of everything. And that is because I kept nurturing and feeding this one big lie that the enemy kept showing me.
“You don’t even matter!”
Shaking my head! Well I do matter. I am important. I am loved. I am different. I have beautiful things about me. I am special. I am appreciated. By who—? By GOD Himself! And also by me! There are those that love and value me in their life! I am important to God’s Kingdom. I have a specific assignment. I have things to do, things to share, things to write, things to teach–but how could I do all that with the enemy tearing at my mind, heart and soul ALL DAY LONG???
Renew my thinking–because it starts within me. In comes the thought–Chrizzy flush that crap out! Bad word–I’m sorry, but call it what it is. Stinking thinking that needs to be flushed out. Like crap sitting in a bowl –down it goes–and the smell remains but eventually will disappear into the air and it will smell pure again.
FLUSH IT DOWN AND OUT!
Because that is what the enemy wants to feed us daily–when God wants to uplift us daily. it starts in the mind. If you are someone that is being weighed down and bombarded with the thoughts then this is for you too. Don’t leave it there. Floating around. Entertaining it…staring at it…rehashing it… keeping it alive… when all it needs to do is flush itself out and be discarded! CAST THOSE THOUGHTS DOWN!!!!
The feelings will then come into alignment with those POSITIVE thoughts. It is time to renew folks–renew our mind so that our ways of life become healthy. So that we can have the victory. This “Renew” book reminded me to go to God first–to ask Him to reveal the “big” lie–so that all the little “reminders” trying to attach itself to the great big lie can be dealt with and discarded.
What’s the big lie for you? Identify that and use FORCE to cast it down. Make it obey Christ –Make it obey His word. Wash yourself now–not with wipes but the water that comes gushing from His word. That is your life source now and always. To cast is to use force folks! It is to use much effort… to destroy and to tear down. It is work! It is a daily and consistent job! That job belongs to no man but yourself.
More to follow on Renewing The Mind….. stay tuned folks. My writers block has been SEVERED!!!!! Praise D Lord as Grandma Nelly says! Love her. LOL
Let’s live again…laugh again…. love again… the right way. Discard every negative thought and begin to love the God that created such a beautiful unique version of YOU! ❤
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 ESV
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 ESV