Get Your Mind in Check: Try Joy!!

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I was wondering: how do I deal with all that is flying around in my thoughts? How do I stop myself from overanalyzing and speculating? How do I get my self-critique to shut up? How can I enjoy the rest of my day after something bothers me? 

Suddenly, the answer spoke. What does the Bible say about the mind? How do we seek mental peace? 

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ 

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 ESV  Funny, before when I walked in darkness, I surrounded myself with positive reinforcement: always reading about the power of our good thoughts, the beauty of life, the mental effects of a smile, and the imperativeness of thinking you are a one-of-a-kind type of INCREDIBLE! You couldn’t find me without an encouraging word or bright spirit about myself, honey! I was forever reading an article about joy, or partaking in self-indulgence to distract myself, or playing an internal game of “I Spy” and pointing out beautiful things, ideas, places, and people to appreciate. 

David speaks about the beauty of the Lord (let’s not forget that he made EVERYTHING, including your favorite people, places, and things).

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭KJV

We are experiencing (and often desirouly yearning for) material things, like Jaguar XJs, Caribbean vacations, money, and immaterial things, like love, that He created and that HE gives.

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalms 100:3

He has the keys…(and you can’t get in, as the joke goes, lol) without accepting His Son, His baptism, His directives and His help.

Like Paul says,  “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!”

Joyfulness! Gladness! Thanksgiving! Peace! Harmony! Love! Hope! Charity! Forgiveness! 

Demonstrate your love for God by seeing with eyes of admiration and gratitude. 

Take Him your worries. Pray to Him. Talk to Him. 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Do you know that every Single time that you are worrying you are saying, “God ain’t got this. I gotta figure it out on my own. He wouldn’t be interested in my issue. He doesn’t know how to sort out this situation at work, this relationship, this bill, this headache, this hurt.”  Don’t you dare deny God the opportunity to work on your behalf. Don’t ignore His omnipotence, His omnipresence, His omniscience.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:7-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

You better be smiling!

You are blessed.
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Dreams of Grandmothers

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Wild rice and chicken, 

She cooked wild rice and chicken to stick to our bones and soothe our souls. 

Her voice couldn’t speak beautiful words, but she could serve love on a decorative glass plate with a roll, green beans, and whipped potatoes. 

She couldn’t paint us elaborate scenes of her trips to Holland and Paris, but she could say “Hello” in such a singsong voice that you wanted the MP3. 

She kept her home shining. 

Her roses bright. 

Her grass trim and green. 

Her clothes neat. 

Her eyes on Him. 

Her pocketbook open for charity on the undeserving, myself included. 

She was a giant…on whose shoulders I stand.

NoW Reading: Succulent Wild Woman by SARK

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 I made this meme because I love Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy aka SARK’s book Succulent Wild Woman: Dancing with your Wonder-Full Self! 

The book is something I found today in the North Georgia Goodwill (I think that’s what it’s called; my son ate the receipt). The colorful book is filled with doodles and positivity.

I’m only on page 15 and she has divulged her own experience as a victim of incest. Whoa! 

Yesterday was Resurrection Sunday, more commercially accepted as Easter, and ironically, Minister Heyward mentioned owing our testimonies. We know who we are when no one can sway us from our confidence in Him. What liberation in understanding God’s power is the answer to your problems then and your problems now. Hallelujah! 

This book is a good one. But, Check out the Bible anyday, anyplace, anytime!