In order to find peace, we have to replace our fears, anxieties, defense mechanisms, and controlling behaviors with prayer, Scripture meditation, and thanksgiving. Our brains will not stop thinking about something just because we tell it to. Our minds are like computers, and they process what is downloaded into them.
If we don’t replace our negative thinking and behaviors with something else, those anxious thoughts will just continue to play in our minds.
Replacing your negative thoughts with God’s Word may feel awkward at first, but don’t let that stop you. If you want to be free of worry, you can’t follow your feelings. Your feelings have a mind of their own because they get their cues from your flesh, which is guided by your five senses. You must let the truth override your feelings.
How do you start replacing your worries with the Word?
Find verses in the Bible that address worry, anxiety, renewing your mind, casting your cares on Christ, and so on. Write those verses down in a journal and begin to memorize them. When an anxious thought comes to mind, cast it down to the foot of the cross (you may even want to visualize yourself putting the thought at Jesus’s feet). Then remind yourself of what God’s Word says about whatever issue you’re facing. Soon you will find yourself experiencing peace for no apparent reason. That’s the peace of God that passes all understanding.
Prayer focus: Spend time with God in prayer. Ask Him to give you an insatiable desire to read and study the Word of God.
What hurts worst?
Pushing through the pain and doing the inner work to get to your peace, happiness and wholeness or staying with the pain and feeling defeated ?
I wasted so much time with the latter.
For every painful experience in my life that l had to face courageously and purposed to conquer,
I had to ask myself this question.
It’s difficult forgetting about the past, the failures and setbacks especially if you cannot see anything different in the present nor in your foreseeable future.
Perhaps your pain was caused by someone and that person is now deceased, or they moved away or they are just incapable of expressing sincere remorse and taking ownership for their behavior. Maybe you made a poor choice in a relationship or a bad financial decision, what do you do?
For years l carried the pain, hurt and anger of being molested by family members. I didn’t realize how it was negatively affecting every area of my life. I couldn’t manage money, nor did l want to manage it because l used it to bandage my hurt feelings to cover my broken places with creature comforts. I didn’t know how to connect to healthy relationships. It seemed that the only place l manifested any stability was in was my career.
That’s when the what if’s kick in. What if l don’t make it, what if l get hurt again, what if l fail?
Here’s the thing, what if you do make it, what if you experience unparalleled joy, something you never anticipated, what if you actually WIN?
The truth is you’ll never know if you don’t let go.
So what do say?
Here’s my hand, join me in this free webinar and let’s let go together.
What’s your story?
I wish I could sit with you right now and hear it from you.
We all have a bit of humor in our stories, as well as some drama.
We all have our ups and downs, wins and losses.
There’s a bit of comedy, tragedy, and history in all of us. But overall, each of our lives tells a larger story.
What do you want your story to say?
A point occurs in the movie where George experiences a moment of crisis,
and he comes to believe that everyone around him would be better off if he had never been born.
What he’s really saying is that his life doesn’t matter.
The great twist in the story occurs when, with the help of an angel,
George gets a chance to see what his town and others’ lives
would look like if he had never existed. Without him, it’s a dark and
negative place. George comes to recognize the positive impact he had
made because, time after time, he took action to do what he knew
was right and helped other people.
As Clarence the angel tells him, “Each man’s life touches so many other lives.”
George had touched many lives in small ways and made a difference.
Have you looked at your life from that angle? Have you thought
about what you want your life story to be? Do you believe you can
live a life of significance, that you can do things that really matter?
Can you make your story great?
With all my heart, I believe the answer to these questions is yes.
You have it within your power to make your life a great story, one of significance.
very person can. Regardless of nationality, opportunity,
ethnicity, or capacity, each of us can live a life of significance.
We can do things that matter and that can make the world a better place.
I hope you believe that.
Minister, Author and Spiritual Coach.