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What’s grabbing You?

Who are you quoting?

What thoughts are you having?

What life are you living?

“We go where we look” Tim McGraw

“If you build it, he will come.” Kevin Costner

“Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.” Sitting Bull

“If you feed them they will come” Bruce Martin – About church functions.

We’ve all heard these kinds of sayings.

Do we take them seriously?

Probably, but only for a moment.

Then our usual habits sneak back in, and we find ourselves doing the same things over and over again.

It takes some real tenacity to continue on the road to success; whatever you deem that success to be.

What I’m about to share with you is basically the same thing.

Whatever you give you time to, helps to create who you are.

So with the next two quotes, I’ll give you my personal recommendation.

These two ideas were placed in my head several years ago, (2008?) they grabbed me, and have had me ever since.

This is not to say that I get them right all of the time, but it is to say that I have found them tremendously helpful.

The person speaking was Graham Cooke.

First; “If you don’t like the thought you’re having, then have another thought.”

Second; “Opposition attaches itself to what you do not remove.”

So how does this removal work?

How can I do that?

By reinventing your walk in the Fruit of the Spirit.

People spend copious amounts of time trying to reinvent themselves, only to find themselves the same, or worse than they were before.

Only by REMOVING the old thoughts, can the new ones take over.

I refer you to the Holy Bible,  Galatians 5.

The whole chapter is enlightening, but I point you to verse 22-23 which says; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Against such things there is no law; simply means you can’t go wrong!

This means to me that there is great power in these fruits.

So here’s the thing;

If in your life you are seeing the opposite; hatred, bitterness, anger, strife, jealousy,

(The list is long I suppose, and different for each of us.)

then I would encourage you to choose the “Fruit” that is opposite of your issue, and

“Have another thought”.

Look where you’re going.

Feed the right thing.

Build a place inside you where the “Fruit” can be attracted to and grow.

Feed the right things – and more will begin to appear in your mind and in your heart.

One last quote;

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet, and the books you read.” Charlie Tremendous Jones

I encourage you to choose your reading, your friends, and your thinking wisely.

It makes all the difference.

Until next time.

**http://Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life; by Tim McGraw

** Kevin Costner as Ray – Field of Dreams – 1989.

I’ll Have More of That Please.

More joy.     Less sadness.     More peace.     Less anxiety.     More love.     Less hatred.    More power.     Less weakness.     More faith.     Less worry.

Have you ever wondered how you can manifest any or all of these?

I’d like to offer a few ideas.

* Choose one and make a choice. Sometimes we choose too many things at once. Choose one or two things, three at the most, and choose to acquaint yourself with them. Learn what cause of each and explore some options for overcoming it.

* Know yourself.  For myself personally, one or two is plenty. My focus gets foggy if I try too many at once. How does your brain work? Is it best in a busy coffee shop, or staring out the window at the street, a landscape, wildlife or just people passing by. Is it total silence or with music as a backdrop? Find what works for you, and use it.

*Don’t be afraid of silence. Quietude I call it. Some don’t like the quiet, my thought about why is that I think we sometimes are afraid of what we’ll hear. Or not hear. Find out which it is, and work it out with yourself. Even for the most out there extrovert, a few moments of time to gather your thoughts, “Center yourself”, focus your attention, align yourself with God, or what ever language you want to use for it can be most beneficial.

*”Think lovely thoughts” Peter Pan, or Graham Cooke puts it this way – “If you don’t like the thought you’re having, have another thought.” Not everything needs a doctor or a medication. Sometimes, we just need to change the way we think. Proverbs 23:7 says “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

*Find the right counsel. Sometimes we do need a doctor, or a mentor, our a counselor, and that’s OK. We need to find the one who has our best interest at heart, one who is willing to look at our circumstances in depth, for as long as it takes. Medication may be involved, do what ever it takes so you can have more of what you like in your life.

*Find your group! There are many different words used for this today; small group, tribe, fellowship, gang, peeps, clicks, alliance, clique, peer group, you get my meaning. The most helpful type of group would where someone in the group has been through what you have been through, as well as someone who has not. Every one learns from every one. This group can be formal or informal, meeting often or not so often, (regularly will bring a deeper bond) but being a safe place for all to be. Each able to say what is on their heart with out judgement. A “No judgement zone” if you will. Everybody gets a turn.

My hope hope is that one or all of these ideas will start you on your way to saying         “I’ll have more of that please.”

 

Hindsight 20/20 – #6 – The Orphan Heart

A question of self esteem –

So many are not happy with the way they are.

Whether they have thought it themselves, or been processed to believe it by others, self esteem is a huge issue.

It is an issue so large that it can give us the sense of being orphaned.

Our hearts feel orphaned because we feel that we are always “Less than”.

Less than the top executive, less than the doctor or the nurses, less than the pastor or other public speaker.

We feel less than the guy driving the cool car, or the lady wearing the most expensive jewelry.

The truth though, is that “No one is better than us, and we are better than no one”.

How do I know this?

Because I’ve read it over and over, in so many different ways in my Bible.

My belief is that whatever GOD says; Stands.

Even over what others say, or try to make me think.

We each have value.

It is given to us by God, the One who made us.

Romans 12 says this – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind ….. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

As we read about in ⇾The Orphan Heart #5⇽, the fruit of the Spirit has the ability to change our thoughts and intentions.

We CAN renew our minds, and begin to believe what God our Maker has said about us.

Here is what He says in Ephesians 2 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love.

Jeremiah 9 says For I know I the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call to me and come and pray to me, (read; Talk to me) and I will hear you.

Psalm 139 tells us that God knows us.

He knows us all.

He knows us all the way to the smallest parts of our DNA.

And He loves us.

All of us.

Even when our days are dark, He will not leave us.

Hebrews 13:5b says “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

Since all these things are true, should we not, could we not, begin to see that we were made higher than the dirt way we see ourselves.

You can read more about it here.

Psalm 139 (ESV)

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

I said all that, to say this; If our self esteem is suffering from how we were raised, (or not raised);

How we were treated by nice people or by bullies;

Called out in front of others by well meaning teachers;

or lifted up higher than we should have been;

or worse;

the list goes on;

We have been damaged.

But God!

He wants us to be whole, and serve the purpose for which we were created.

He wants us to be ourselves, not who someone else thinks we should be.

He created us to be fully OURSELVES, not someone else.

He also wants to walk by our side and has provided help in the form of His word to get it accomplished.

He never says it will be easy, but it will be worth it.

Dig in.

Dig in deep.

Keep digging, and using what you find to get yourself healed.

Take control over that Orphaned Heart.

Until next time …