“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” ~Romans 12:2
You know, I am a firm believer in changing your life by changing the way you THINK. For so much of my life, I held bitterness, confusion and anger from my experiences. I started to believe that “surviving” was just the way life was and there was nothing bigger or greater out there besides this. Boy, was I WRONG!! What a powerful thing when God spoke directly to my heart and planted the seed to change my thoughts. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from Him and this includes the ability to change our thoughts!
Sometimes in life, it takes a special person to weather the tough stuff with you, God has a way of speaking to us through others. For me, this was accomplished through my husband Alex. Alex began to see the signs of me “surviving” and living my life in constant “defense” mode and helped me to RECOGNIZE this and slowly chip away at this wall that had been built within my heart, starting as a little girl. He helped me to understand that living life was so much more than this. God planted the seed through my husband and for this, I will forever be grateful.
I have to say that FACING my life experiences and my pain was the key component to me changing my thoughts. God does not expect you to go this alone either. If you relinquish yourself to Him, you will be properly equipped. He will protect the places of your heart that need protecting. He will guide you, comfort you and console you! When you feel like giving up, He fills you with a supernatural strength that can ONLY come from Him!
I started my painful journey by speaking with my now Mentor and Pastor and also, a dear friend of mine who was the first one I was able to open up to. I began to unload years of junk that just harbored itself within my heart. I began to understand things not from a “worldly” perspective (which will always leave you feeling empty and wanting more, by the way) but through Gods perspective and desires for my life! I began to understand and learn the LESSONS from my life and how I could use these things that the enemy meant to harm me with, for such GOODNESS and AWESOMENESS! God WILL provide clarity for you! He will enable you to think as He desires you to.
What a HUGE testament this is to His awesomeness too! He can take ANY and ALL pain and use it for the glory of His Kingdom!! I began to experience a shift in my life and a POWERFUL shift! I began to approach my life experiences as a student and no longer a “survivor” or “victim” … and I began to study my life, my pain and seek understanding. I prayed (at times, CRIED OUT TO GOD!) asking for wisdom, knowledge, discernment and other gifts of the spirit. I experienced a taste of heaven and wanted more. My thoughts began to change. Now, this way of thinking is just a “way of life” for me.
I was enabled through Christ, to heal and move forward sharing my story, my testimony, my experiences and my love for God and what He has done with a once, broken heart.
Please understand, life will be life. This does not mean everything becomes “perfect” once you shift your way of thinking but it takes you from a place of emptiness, loneliness and hopelessness to a place of JOY, happiness and gratefulness for EVERYTHING including your life experiences.
I think of this scripture as I say this and want to share:
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me” ~Philippians 3:12
So, I end with this my friend… do you want to change your life? Begin by changing the way you think. Be careful not to change the way you think according to the world, but rather, according to God. This is when you will experience the true joy and happiness that He has for you right here on Earth!! You can do this!! Start today. Remember, plug yourself into the right source and you will be properly equipped.
God Bless and much JOY to you,