"For as he thinks in his heart, so he is." Proverbs 23:7
Here is something to think about. When we choose to think on the things of God we are one with Him. I am one with the Lord of the whole universe! That is a thought of high calling.
Over the years I have learned much about the power of my thoughts. I know how much they affect my actions and the outcome of my life. I've chosen to think on the positive side of things all throughout my life.
I'm a glass half full kind of gal.
Oh yes, I do entertain negative thoughts but I quickly disperse them and think about the situation in a more positive light. I can find good in just about anything. It is a gift that has gotten me through some difficult seasons.
I'm sure you can imagine how being afraid has a physical affect on your body. When I'm frightened I get chills up my spine. My stomach has butterflies and I take shallow breaths as my heart pounds out a fast rhythm. My physical body changes because of what my mind is thinking whether or not the object of my fear is a reality.
Our thoughts are very powerful!
When I think negative thoughts about another person it affects the way I treat them. If someone gives me the creeps I stiffen up around them. My eyes watch carefully and I change to a protective posture. I might be quiet around someone who has hurt my feelings if my thoughts focus on the hurt.
There is power in our focus. How about focusing on the promises of God?
When our son Gabe was born I chose to focus on the things that were right rather than what was wrong.
Yes, the reality was that he was missing bones in his arms and his legs were fused crooked with no knee joint. He can't walk like you and me but I always tell him he walks uprightly with the Lord by his side.
Yes, he has tiny pin holes for ear canals which cause a loss of 45% of his hearing ability. But I reminded him that he can still hear the voice of God as he chooses to listen.
Yes, he was not "normal" by the world's standards. But I choose to think on things above and to see Gabe as God does – as fearfully and wonderfully made.
Yes, his day to day life is a challenge in his unusually formed body. But I remind him that he can do all things through Christ who gives him strength.
Even within a few days after he was born I thanked God that his blood returned to normal after having a severely low platelet count. I was grateful that he could see me – there was no blindness. It was amazing that his heart, lungs, brain and other bodily functions were perfectly normal. He was a snuggly boy from day one who gave the best hugs with his tiny little arms. We know that one day God will heal him.
I thank God for the love of my children. I speak life to them. They were set apart to be used by God to change the world. They are part of a chosen generation that God intends to use for His glory. God knows every hair on their head. I challenge them to speak the desires of their heart to God and watch Him fulfill them.
It's amazing how powerful our thoughts and words can be.
I challenge you today – think and speak good things about your family, your job, your marriage and your future! Then you will be at one with God because He thinks you are amazing!
God Bless Your Heart,
The idea for this blog post was taken from the January 20 Devotional in the "God Calling" book compiled by A. J. Russell and published by Barbour Publishing.
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