Often times in life I feel insignificant, like a small fish in a big ocean. So many times I want to throw my hands up and just quit because of that but God says to me, “No, there is somebody that needs to hear you.” I love it when God reminds me that even though I am sick and the world sees that I can’t do much for them, I still have a purpose and I can do great big things for him.
Admittedly I have been a little down for a few days but I find the best way to bring myself up is to start thinking about what I am thankful for. Basically, I count my blessings. Today I am thankful that I do have a wonderful family that loves me. I am thankful for the beautiful spring day today, and I am thankful that Jesus loves me.
What are you grateful for?
Gainesville, Florida, the swamp, home of the Gators, my hometown for my entire life. Gainesville is a small college town made up of even smaller towns in the surrounding areas located in the country.
Trenton, Florida is my backyard. I hope that together we can unite and pray for this small community, the officer’s family, and for our continued prays for our country.
I thought this article was amazing and I wanted to share Brenda Mueller’s @ Autoimmune Wellness post because I thought that this was priceless info. I thought it added to the video that I recently posted about “How to cope with stress and anxiety.” Thankyou Brenda for allowing me to share your post on my blog.
I am trying something new and creative with my blog today. I took some time out to make a Video Blog. Please let me know what you think, I am eager to get some feedback on the message and the idea of the video blog.
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
What Does It Mean to Have a Sound Mind? ”
God says we do not have a spirit of fear. God gave us power instead, He gave us love, and He gave us a sound mind and all of these promises will work in the middle of the chaos and in the utmost impossible situations.
This week I have faced yet another diagnosis, I have a heart defect and a couple of other heart/lung related issues on top of the 10 autoimmune diseases that I already fight. I can feel myself dragging behind, my spirit is saddened and deep down I am fighting the fear off with all of my might. As I ponder and research this new threat against my life, this new stronghold and life-altering thing, a spirit of fear has tried to grab hold of me this week but I can rest assure that not only has God not given me a spirit of fear, He has given me a spirit of sound mind and I do not have to own the negative thoughts coming my way.
The urban dictionary definition of “Sound Mind means; To be mentally calm and self-confident in your actions.
1 Timothy 1: 7 could be translated as:
“God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love — He has given you a mind that has been delivered, rescued, protected, and brought into a place of safety, so that it is no longer affected by illogical, absurd thoughts.”
Stand Firm—You’re Not Alone
It is important to read the word of God daily so that your spirit and mind can build up protection. When you have the word of God inside of you it shows on the outside, as well as the inside, you begin to think differently. When you allow the Word of God to work in your mind, it protects and retrains your emotions.
Prepare for Battle
When you begin to take charge of your own thoughts and live your life for God, Satan will fight you. You will have to battle his lies and the confusion, you will have to discern what does and does not line up with the word of God. Believe me, this fight will not be an easy one. Stand on your faith and stand firmly on the word of God.
Don’t Give Up!
Ten years ago, my Dad taught me an amazing trick as I battled some of my deepest mental and spiritual battles. He told me to imagine that I was standing at the feet of Jesus with a box, take all the irrational thoughts and all those thoughts that were driving me crazy and put them in the box, then slide the box over to the feet of Jesus. He said,” when you do that, you no longer own those irrational thoughts, those thoughts and confusions now belong to Jesus,” so, that’s what I did. I imagined that box and every time I had an irrational thought I ran to that box and put all my irrational thoughts in that box and kept pushing it over to Jesus.
To this day, as I fight autoimmune diseases and now heart defects and whatever else may come up next. I will continue to place all of my irrational thoughts, all of my worries in that box and slide it over to Jesus. Today, put your worries, fears, anxieties, and irrational thoughts in the box and slide the box over to Jesus.