I wish I had ____ like she has; I'm not as fashionable as she is; I'm not as strong as she is; I'm not as fast as she is;
or how about this.....I wonder why she wore that; I would have made that differently; I wouldn't say that EVER; her kids are _________....
Honestly, a few months ago I would have told you that I'm a really positive person and I think on great things almost all of the time! But God has been showing me an area of my mind that I have not fully disciplined and brought under obedience to Him. Hmmmmmm That smarts! The scripture in 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." So, I've asked the Holy Spirit to bring it to my attention EVERY time a thought needs to be taken captive and put in it's rightful place. I must admit......it's been a lot!
Often times, the thoughts are about myself....criticizing, comparing myself to others, tellling myself negative things about who I am etc... Not long ago I was exercising with Kim, my accountability partner. I was not having the best day physically and just tearing myself apart as we ran. As the thoughts were swirling around in my head I could literally feel the energy being zapped....I just wanted to stop and cry! Once I realized what I was doing, I began to pray and stating that I was going to take captive every thought. So, everytime a negative thought came my way, I stated the opposite to myself and I began to thank God for my body, for Kim helping me, for my strong muscles etc...
Along with thinking and being aware of "my thinking" I have begun re-reading a little "quick-read" book that I keep close by.....It's The 4:8 Principle by Tom Newberry. The whole premise of this book is to think on the Godly, good things mentioned in Philipians 4:8 and to change our mindset to the things of God.
Today I encourage you to ask God to examine your heart and mind. Is there any part of it that you haven't fully given over to Him? If so, just ask Him to begin to make a change in you....remewing your mind.....making it all obedient to Him. I promise He'll do His part and He'll guide you to do yours!
Here's to being amazing Jesus Girls and loving ourselves and others with a new mind!