So many thoughts come in at one time. It's like a train station, in bound and out bound every five minutes a new set of thoughts. The funny thing is, like a train carrying a variety of passengers of all walks of life... your train of thought comes from various outlets. Have you ever thought about that? Take time for a moment, TV, radio, podcast, social media, telephone calls, work, family, kids, billboards, checkout aisle and magazine covers! They all send messages. What is key is how you can control those thoughts, believe the truth and not a lie and stay focused!
I recall saying I can't control my thoughts, there are so many coming and going every second it seems like. So many people would share with me so many different ideas or view points, then there is TV and my upbrigning. I felt like man if "I could control my mind I could handle alot of what is coming at me". Well the truth is you can! I went on a journey to change the way I think and let me say it's not fun nor pretty. I had days that seemed so frequently filled with doubt, fear, unhappiness, you name it I probably felt or thought it.
I begin to dissect my thought life, my husband would say "write down your thoughts and in a day or so we will review them against the word of God". I was like ummm naw, I can't because if you see what goes thru my head you would be like I'm out! He said nope, never that, I want to show you how much the enemy and your past is lying to you. I have to be honest, I wrote two paragraphs on a thought train that was riding thru and never showed him. I totally deleted what I wrote and that began me really peeling off the blinders of the lies I was watching ride thru my brain.
I began to speak against what I would think, for instance if I had a thought that my kids think I am not a good mother. I would speak to myself and say "Kristine God chose you to have your kids and therefore you are a excellent mother who loves and cares for her children, your kids love and need you". I created a whole confession off of the scripture " I can do all things thru Christ who gives me strength" Phil 4:13. I created "I can do all things thru Christ who gives me strength: I can be a excellent mom to ____, _____, ____ (my kids names) I am a patient mom, I am a loving mom, I am a nurturing and fun mom. I took this confession to every area that my life or thought / belief system was struggling in. If it was finances, I created a line that said " I am a woman of wisdom, I count the cost and consider the fields, I make wise spending decision and do not let money motivate me" (something to that effect) My entire confession was on my mirror and at the top was I CAN DO ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH TO DO SO: (thenI would list the areas of my thought/belief system that I needed to develop in.) From family, marriage, finances, exercise, food/eating habits/kids/husband/ travel etc. I covered it and delt with it head on. And let me tell you!! I have a new way of thinking that is so peacful, powerful, focused, and free!!
I challenge you to do the same. Really take a look at your life, your thoughts, what areas are you needing some confidence in or to overcome... create a new thought and confession and see how your world changes!