Ever feel like you're stuck in a negative thought cycle leaving you complaining more than praising?
Here's the deal. I will rarely post anything on here that I have not learned myself. Let's talk about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a minute. It's a therapeutic model that helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective (and positive) way. I use CBT with a lot of my clients, educating them on the power of their thoughts and mind. Though I teach this every day, I failed to notice how much my thoughts have been impacting my emotions and actions.
Let's be real.
Who actually likes snow at this point? I never did. My (I am trying not to use the word hate...even though it was the title of my last post) lack of love for it is only growing. All over social media I am seeing many people's attitudes take a turn toward the negative. We are maxed out. Winter is rough. Motivation starts to decrease, energy is low, sleep is off and on, healthy eating fluctuates, and we just feel like we are chopped up into little pieces and spread out every where. No? Just me?
God met me right here. He wasn't waiting for me to get my act together and "fix" myself so I can be presentable to Him. Nope. He met me right in the middle of the negative thought cycle; right in the middle of the roller coaster ride and He said, "You will continue to be restless until you find your rest in me...change the way you think, invite me into the battlefield of your mind...watch as my peace surpasses ALL your understanding." I took a deep breath, as though I were breathing in all of his goodness, faithfulness, love, peace, joy, and power and breathing out all the noise, crap, distraction, and negativity.
Most of us know Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--His good, pleasing, and perfect will."
Many of us are thinking/praying about what to give up for lent. Last year I decided to add more prayer/intercession for others into my walk with God and asked you to reach out if you wanted prayer. It was a powerful experience and over 80 of you reached out requesting prayer! So I set aside time every day to lay down your requests before the King. This year, I want to invite God in these next 40 days into my thought life. Mindfulness of my thoughts requires a lot of energy and willingness to confront myself. I believe it is worth it because that is the battlefield for me. It's where lies and distortions can grow, but it's also where my purpose can be re-defined by God Himself.
Take a moment and reflect on your thought patterns. Are they honoring God or do they dismiss His presence?
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!