Pay attention to what you are thinking about
That may seem like a silly statement but I’ve spent years letting myself think anything that pops into my mind. I don’t have to do that. Not everything I think on is good. If you notice yourself getting anxious, stop and look at what you are thinking about. Our thought life affects our emotions.
When we memorize scripture we are hiding God’s word in our heart. It is one of the simplest and surest methods for cleansing, renewing, strengthening, and guarding our mind. When we memorize scripture, we are crowding out the negative, limiting thoughts and replacing them with the tremendous power and potential of God’s promises.
Personalize Bible passages
Put your name into the pages of the Bible. You do this by inserting your name and the pronouns I, me, and mine into your favorite verses. For example, Christ has come so that I, Barb, might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) God has not given me, Barb a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Be careful with what you watch and listen too
It is crucial that you aren’t filling your mind with junk by the TV shows you are watching and the music you are listening too. We are always renewing our minds. Most of us are renewing them with junk. Read instead of watch TV (I’ve had to work hard to break this habit). Listen to sermons. Listen to motivational messages. Put good, positive messages into your mind.
Affirm God’s goodness with Praise and Gratitude
Find scriptures that talk about the goodness, abundance, and joy that God has promised us. This will help build our character, our personality, and our attitude! Keep a gratitude journal. This helps you look for Him in the every day small ways in your life.
Visualize God’s blessings
God designed us with the mental capability to envision a better future, to see and imagine things as they could be rather than just as they are. This happens when we pray. We are always led to pray for something better, not for something worse.
Here are just a few practical ways to protect your thought life. Do you have anyways you have found to protect your thought life?
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