Not Everything You Think Is True

 

“You are not going to make it!”

“You are not good at anything.”

“You have failed at that!”

“You are too old.”

“You are too young!”

“No one likes you.”

“You can’t change!”

“Life is hard!”

“God can’t use you.”

“You are going to run out of money.”

I’ve heard these thoughts too. Did you ever stop to think that they might not be true?

Not everything you think is true.

When you think something bad about yourself or others, consider the source. Begin to question the validity of what you are hearing. Is this something God would say to you?

Can you imagine God telling you what a tough day it’s going to be? Would He tell you that no one likes you? Would He list your failures?

The truth is what God says!

If you listen to your heart, you will know what He says. Wouldn’t it sound more like this:

“You can do anything you set your mind to.”

“You are strong in Me!”

“You are someone with unique gifts and talents.”

“You are loved!”

“You are successful!

“You have everything you need.”

“God is with you every step of the way.”

“There is nothing you can’t handle with God’s help.”

“You are a blessing, a help, and an encouragement to others.”

Take some of these thoughts to feast on today. Here’s one of my favorites that Steve Backlund suggested:

There is always a solution.

Before you get out of bed try thinking about one of these truths. Picture what it would look like if you experienced this in your life today.

Remember to identify, question, and fast all negative thoughts.

Choose to think the words God would say to you. Choose a few of your favorites and feast on these words today!

Have a really great day today! The sky is the limit! Just think about that!

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Our thoughts are the bricks by which our beliefs are built. Our beliefs are the foundation on which our whole life stands.

Change your thoughts, and you change your life.

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Giving Up Negativity for Lent

Lent is the forty days leading up to Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.  For hundreds of years it has been observed as a time of repentance. Many Catholics and others will go to mass and ashes will be placed on their forehead. They will repeat these words:

“Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return, repent and believe in the gospel. This is the beginning of Lent.”

Lent is a perfect time to give up negativity. You can read more about what I learned about Lent in 2014 here.

On February 10 this year, I will begin Steve Backlund’s Negativity Fast/Positivity Feast.

To join me simply:

Decide to give up negative thoughts.

We can start by becoming aware of how we are feeling. If we are feeling bad, mad, discouraged, depressed or hopeless, chances are negative thoughts have been swirling around in or just below our consciousness.

Our mission is to capture these thoughts. Shine the light on them, recognizing them for what they are: They are deterrents to our happiness and roadblocks to what God has planned for us.

Becoming aware and being willing to admit that we sometimes take negative thoughts is a good begindare to be happy blogning. As we become aware of the thoughts we have been thinking, we will learn, as God helps us, to replace those negative thoughts with positive beliefs. Our lives will change for the better.

Our thoughts are the bricks by which our beliefs are built. Our beliefs are the foundation on which our whole life stands.

Change your thoughts, and you change your life.

Begin today and let me know how it’s going for you. We’re in this together. We can do it.

Go directly to Igniting Hope Ministries to register if you want to join with Steve and receive his materials. Registration is free.

Have a great day!

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I’m Changing!

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I know you’re saying, “Don’t do it! We like you just the way you are!” But, nevertheless I’m changing! It’s because of a truth that has impacted me more than any other in my life other than the salvation provided to me through Jesus. In other words, it is clearly the second most important truth known to man, in my opinion.

What happened to cause me to change?

Four weeks ago on Thursday, I opened up the youtube app on my phone and typed “Steve Backlund” in search. I chose a random youtube video by the Backlunds and began to listen.

Why the Backlunds?

Jay had mentioned that Steve and his wife Wendy had recently spoken at BSSM (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry) where he attends in Redding, Ca. Wanting to stay in touch with what’s going on in his life, I thought I would listen to Steve’s message.

What happened next?

Within minutes, I did something I never do. I stopped the message, went to “Keep” in my phone, and took notes on what I had just heard. I spent a good part of that day listening as I drove or worked in the house, stopping often to take notes. I have listened to Steve and Wendy almost every day for the past four weeks. I find it difficult to listen while driving only because I will hear something so good, I have to stop and take notes to be sure I don’t lose it.

Why am I so excited about what they have to say?

Because the message that they share all over the world is the same message that has been resounding in my life as long as I can remember. I affectionately call it “my message.” I didn’t know much about this truth as a kid although the seeds of it were sprouting. I was such a happy kid and wanted to do what it took to stay that way. You could say that the message was in me even as a child! As I grew up, I wanted others to be happy and have always wanted to solve other people’s problems. I believe with all of my heart that the answer to changing ourselves into the joyful individuals we were meant to be is found in this truth:

 

You can be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

What you think, you become. (Proverbs 23:7)

How do we live in this truth? How do we live the life of joy God wants us to have?

Think right. (Philippians 4:8)

Make every thought positive. (2 Corinthians 10:5) 

Why am I so excited?

I am changing! I am changing from being a happy positive person to being a happier more positive person! I am changing into the person God wants me to be. I am learning how to love others better and how to be a better friend, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and whatever else I need to be because I am learning exactly how to change my thinking to conform to His image of me!

What’s next?

I can hardly wait to start Steve and Wendy Backlund’s Negativity Fast/Positivity Feast on February 10. Their ministry, Igniting Hope Ministry sponsors this every year for Lent. It will go from February 10-March 20, forty days. Read about it and register to join us here. During this forty day lent period, I will be blogging exciting truths that I am learning and I will write about the changes I am experiencing. I’d love to hear yours as well!

Here’s a link to the first youtube video that I listened to: Steve and Wendy Backlund, April 19, 2014.

What we believe (habitual thinking) makes all the difference in what we experience on a daily basis. It is the truth that sets us free.

Change with me if you want! It’s sure to be exciting!

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