My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

The Garden of Your Thoughts

Written By: jamieu - Feb• 12•12
My schedule is not quite back to normal yet so I have had some extra time in the afternoons. I have been attempting to use this time to work on class plans for all of my dance for the second half of the year (I have been slightly distracted by the joy of re-watching all 6 amazing seasons of LOST on Netflix). So my brain is slightly fried.

I find that when I have time off (or in this case an afternoon) it is so easy for my thoughts to get out of line. But I suppose that can happen to anyone when you have time to be alone and just…think. Today I was so distracted by nagging thoughts in my head. Fears, worries, what ifs, etc. There was a time when fear ruled my life. I was bound up in it for years. I would have panic attacks on a regular basis and I would literally get sick from worry. Praise the Lord I have been delivered from that state, but it is so easy to slip into negative thinking if I am not careful. I have to make the choice to align my thoughts with the will of God. Philippians 4:8 tells us:

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

I promise that anything that Satan tells you will NOT be true, honorable, pure, or lovely. When his voice starts flooding your mind you have to recognize it immediately and make a conscious effort to change your focus from the lies of the enemy to the truth of your God. It is not easy. I often wonder why is seems so much easier to believe the negative than the positive. Satan has a knack for hitting you in your weak places, he hits below the belt and has no problem kicking you while you are down. The truth is that all he really has to do is plant the seed. WE usually choose to water it, fertilize it, and let it grow out of control.

The trick is to pull it up before it has time to take root. If we immediately counteract the lie and poison it with God’s word, it will die and peace will grow in its place. But don’t be fooled into thinking that that pesky weed will not try to pop up again somewhere else, because it will. Tend the garden of your thoughts and tear up the lies of the enemy!

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