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~Just the Opposite~By Faith
While listening to a recent podcast from Joyce Meyer last week, I found myself struck by something she said. When I hear something like this it usually challenges me at first, but then resonates so much in my spirit…like something I’ve always known deep down.
Does this happen to anyone else? I have lovingly come to know it as “awareness” or “enlightenment”.
It feels as cozy as a fire and a warm blanket to me. Like Papa God is nodding that this information is not too good to be true and He’s so happy about my new realization.
I know you’re wondering what she said – “we can either trust God…or be miserable”.
Whoa Joyce, are there really only these two options? I don’t know about you, but in my time of reflection I realized these really are the only two options for me.
The other day I sat down at the end of the day, by recommendation of another incredible woman I follow, Chalene Johnson, and wrote down every negative thought I had that day (that I could remember anyways).
She suggested that you then write down the root, stem, and trigger of that thought.
Now, I had a couple of things in my life that I could apply some practical systems, tweak a habit or be more intentional about. In these cases, as my lovely friend Katelyn shared with me last week, we can sort of be our own answer to what we’ve been praying about. There are some areas of life where we simply don’t need to wait on God to give us a solution – we can solve the chaos by waking up earlier, eating less sugar, going to bed early, making those better decisions, or exercising.
But in every other area (which was by far 75%+) of my negative thoughts, the root, stem or trigger was lack of trust in that moment!
My thoughts were rooted in anxiety, fearing forward, trying to control something or someone – essentially NOT trusting God.
When I read “Jesus Calling” the other day it said “God is trustworthy”. Ahhhh, such a lovely thought. When I look back at my life I know it’s true.
So how do I trust God and Faith? What does that look like?
If nothing changes, nothing changes. What do you need to change? What will you replace the habit of worry with?
First – decide you will not let your mind be swayed by the wind, circumstances or people. Then make a list of your prayers and positive go-to’s for when it starts to go in the wrong direction.
I recommend Joyce Meyer’s podcasts for one, or any pastor or leader that you trust. I find that I am much more likely to have a successful “faith-filled” day when I am filling my mind and heart with the truth. I have about 5-10 resources (books, podcasts, sermons, Mary Kay leaders) at all times that are ready to listen to while I get ready, drive, ect.
My next favorite practical tip is to imagine the scenario that you are dealing with (or the 88) and imagine as if all of your needs or wants for it were met now. How would you feel? Relieved, relaxed, grateful?
I also do something called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) you can youtube Brad Yates EFT, I trust him and have grown so much from this.
This way of thinking or trusting can become a habit, just as the opposite has.
Now get excited! Because if anyone can change their habits, beliefs and thoughts, you can! Let’s go!
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
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