Friday, November 21, 2014

Mold and Shape Our Thoughts of Who We Are

Heavenly Father, help us to fasten our eyes on what is best in this life and to allow these thoughts to shape our words and deeds throughout the day.
Father God, we choose to believe You are faithful and will do what You promise to do in Your Word. We believe that when we lay the pain and hurt of our past at Your feet, You can and will transform it all into something beautiful. We choose to believe You will turn the broken places of our lives into living illustrations of Your sufficiency and healing power.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Admittedly, I have control issues! For a long time during a past relationship, I was never “allowed” to speak how I feel. I couldn’t disagree about anything. To say that I had no control over any part of my life would be an understatement. When I did try to gain any, I would be beat down- literally. Now that I have grown as a Godly woman, I have found my voice and don’t want to feel like I have no control over myself, my thoughts or my feelings ever again. It took me a long time to find it and feel comfortable enough to use it. And use it I do!

But do I want to be remembered as the once broken woman turned cold? Absolutely not! When my time on this earth has passed, some words I hope people would use to describe me and my character would be:

affectionate, compassionate, confident, content, creative, dependable, elegant, faithful, forgiving, friendly, gentle, happy, kind, loving, loyal, merciful, outspoken, passionate, patient, peaceful, prayerful, reliable, respectful, self-controlled, sensitive, sweet, thankful, thoughtful, trusting, virtuous, whimsical

Many of us assume how we feel about ourselves is how God must see us. Even though what we feel might be true of our current circumstances, circumstances don’t define us.

How many times do you think of yourself as a horrible mother an awful wife, a terrible sister, a rotten daughter. . . ?

Well, if I think it of myself, then God must feel the same way- right? Wrong! Why you ask? Because God has a vision for us beyond the circumstances we find ourselves in.

I believe each and every thing that happens to us has a purpose. As painful, confusing, or unfair as some things may be, they allow us an opportunity to grow beyond them. I look at those trying moments in life as an opportunity. I look for the lesson I can apply to my world to make me better.

We may never understand why things happen, we have to accept that. But what we can do, is look back on situations and appreciate how we grew because of it. What made you stronger? What have you learned not to do? What did you learn that you can apply to the rest of your life?

So, do not allow yourself to be defined by your past or by your current circumstances. God has also called you to be an ambassador for Him. With so much work to be done, we ought to be growing even bolder, right in the midst of our trials and tribulations!

Remember: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, we look to you knowing that we don't know what to do. Sometimes the comparisons we make with others and the negative chatter in our minds can be like a vast army coming at us. We lift up our minds to You and focus our attention on You and ask that You would mold and shape our thoughts into Your thoughts. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and open our eyes to where You want to work, change and transform our minds into new creations that look to You for our validation and not to others. Bless our minds with new thoughts and new ideas and new ways of reacting.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

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