Re-Routing Negative Thoughts

Re-Routing Negative Thoughts

November 18, 2014

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

The screaming and fighting in the back seat were brutal! It was a fight to the death. As I tried to break it up, the car swerved off the road. Semi-trucks were passing me, going 80 miles an hour, as I pulled over to stop the fight.

A few weeks ago, I drove through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and picked up our newest family members — a Royal Palm Turkey and a Red Bourbon Turkey. They were not happy about being confined to a cage or being stuck next to each other. Hence, the deadly fight in my back seat. The Red Bourbon tried to cure his displeasure by lashing out in anger. He was on a mission to kill, literally. He hopped on top of the Royal Palm and went for the neck!

I called my husband in a panic. His advice? “Re-route their thinking; it’s stuck. Scream and hit the cage.” I followed his instructions and the fighting stopped for 10 minutes. Then it started again. I had to yell, bang on the cage and clap my hands to break up a few more fights until both turkeys finally settled down for good. We all made it home alive, and now they’re best friends.

As I thought about the turkeys’ stuck thinking, I could sense the Lord say to my heart: You are no different.

Ouch! When my circumstances aren’t what I want, my thinking gets stuck, too. Just that morning on my way to get the turkeys, I was alarmed to find the car was on empty and worse yet — I had no money in my purse. And I had left the house with no margin in my schedule to stop for gas or return home for money.

Yet without any money, I had no choice but to return home, which made me late. Worse, I had planned to drop my daughter at the airport and she missed her flight. I was not happy and boy did my family hear about it!

We all struggle with negative thinking at times; it’s a common battle. And that’s why it’s important to recognize negative thought patterns and learn how to re-route them. The good news is we can have control over what we think.

When we’re down, sad or hopeless, let’s take inventory of our thoughts. When we find ourselves jumping to conclusions, doling out guilt trips on others or replaying arguments in our mind, let’s consciously change our thinking. When I get in a funk, often it’s because I’ve focused too much on what’s bad. The apostle Paul advises us in our key verse, Philippians 4:8, to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

The next time you’re fighting negative thoughts, “rattle your cage” by remembering you have the mind of Christ. Take each negative thought captive and replace it with what Paul describes in our key verse. Scripture promises that when we align our thoughts with God’s, His peace, which passes all understanding, will keep our hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.

Lord, give me Your ability to bring every thought captive. Help me to refute negative thoughts with truth. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
2 Corinthians 10:4-5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (NKJV)

1 Corinthians 2:14-16, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (NKJV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Looking for ways to replace negative thinking with truth from God’s Word? You might enjoy A Confident Heart Devotional by Renee Swope.

Visit Sharon Glasgow’s blog for more encouragement on re-routing negative thoughts and enter to win a free gift that will help you.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Take inventory of your thoughts for a whole day. Each time a negative thought repeats in your mind, re-route it with truth found in God’s Word. Place our key verse near you in a familiar spot to remind you of where to focus your thoughts.

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  1. I ♥ how Proverbs 31 Ministries is always providing such positive devotions each day. I never want to go a day without getting my daily dose of wonderful encouragement. No matter what the day may bring, these devotions give me the strength and courage to overcome whatever challenges my hubby and I may go through. Yet, these devotions are the things I share with my incredible husband,“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
    Wow! What a powerful verse on this Monday night@ whatever things are pleasing to God, we most definitely need to constantly meditate on them without ceasing. God has plenty good things He wants for our lives.
    “Lord, give me Your ability to bring every thought captive. Help me to refute negative thoughts with truth. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen –“~ Ron Smith daily. No matter how he may be feeling, I enjoy cheering him up with positive things in writing, along with what I say.Sharon Glasgow
    Wow! What a powerful prayer on this Monday night! No matter what thoughts we may have, we should ask God to help us hold these thoughts captive- even ask the Lord to help us trade in negative thoughts for positive thoughts.
    2 Corinthians 10:4-5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (NKJV)
    Wow! What a powerful verse! We need to have God pull down any strongholds that may be preventing us from doing what He wants us to do in order to fulfill whatever His plans are for our entire lives.
    1 Corinthians 2:14-16, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (NKJV)
    Wow! What a powerful verse! When we are of Christ’s kin, we’ve got the ability to distinguish between what’s good and bad, what’s right and wrong. In the flesh, we only want to do things our way; however, when we’ve given our lives to God- well… we allow Him to help us with things we’ve got no control over.

    • Thank you Nico for sharing your thoughts! I pray that these scriptures would continue to be at the center of your mind (and mine as well) and that we would remember the power of God’s word to transform us! He is so good and reveals that to us through His word. Have a very blessed week!

  2. Heaven sent, really. I just finished paying for the complete healing of my four year old who suddenly became paralyzed and is now wheelchair bound. I struggle with fear, doubt, and in am a control freak. At times I stop trusting bc I want my plans to happen, but the I question God. These are all influenced. Y my crazy negative thoughts, that I have slowly been adjusting. This post is just a reassurance and reminder from God that these thoughts got to stop and be filled with God’s glory.
    Lord Jesus you are Ian control, be I control of my thoughts. Be my daughter’s complete healer and help me too trust isn you at all times. Stop these negative thoughts.

    • Dear Ana, How scary and overwhelming. whether through healing or adjusting, I pray that this tragic circumstance becomes the means by which you and your daughter can bring eternal glory to the Creator. My dear friend has severe cerebral palsey, needing extensive personal care. Out of her family, she is the only Christian. Such a woman of ministry and faith. We have often dreamed of the day she will be welcomed into heaven to run freely up and down those streets of gold and into the arms of her Savior. One day she told me, “Without this wheelchair, though, I probably would have never come to Jesus. I would have (made the same choices as my sisters) and not needed God. This wheelchair and my condition allowed me to see my need for a Savior.” For you, dear Sister Ana, I pray that what seems intended for evil will become the greatest blessing each of you will ever have and that through it many lives will be touched and encouraged. Prayers. 🙂

      • Natasha,
        Thank you for sharing the story of your friend this morning, your story coupled with this devotion and Ana’s post have helped me to perhaps cross over out of the negative place that I have been stuck in for a few months. I have a chronic illness that has completely changed my life and though in those first couple of years I was positive and grateful to God for my small daily accomplishments, lately I have been negative in thought, words and actions. Absolutely miserable actually. Definitely not showing God’s amazing grace to those around me. I am going to begin changing this situation today. Your friends ability to recognize that her life might have been a life lived without our amazing savior in it if she had not gotten sick, thus viewing the illness as a possible blessing in this respect, has awakened me once again. I am headed in to grab my copy of The Battlefield of The Mind and begin reading it again. I am always amazed at how God can use a few lines written or words spoken, about someones life story to wake up, encourage and lead another. I am choosing to begin the climb out of this dark hole today and perhaps my story will become an encouragement to others and they will see Gods amazing grace working in my life. Thank you for sharing, your few sentences have really touched my heart today.

        • victor hartanto says:

          donna, i am very happy for you! we all have different life story… different problems, different illness… luckily we all have one mighty GOD… Jesus Christ will give you strength when you need it.
          i pray that you are now light and salt who shines God’s glory around you! amen amen amen…

    • Ana, I am so ached inside to hear about what you’re going through with your daughter. I am praying for you today that strength, and peace would flood your heart! It’s important for us to be honest about the hard “raw” emotions that we have… but we can’t stop there. We have to allow for a “great exchange.” I pray that the Holy Spirit ministers to you and to your daughter as only He can, even now. He loves you and your daughter- even in the midst of this situation! Hold fast to His heart and His hand- and He WILL HELP you both get through this!! With love, Sharon.

  3. In Matthew 15:19 Jesus said every action starts with a thought and as such if your thought is right(i.e positive) then your action will certainly be right( i.e positive).
    The corollary also holds so that if your action is negative then your thought must be certainly negative.
    (Cf.Proverbs 4:23).
    Therefore, if you are careful enough then you can ascertain who a person is from his action or speech.

    Both God and Satan control man through his thinking and we eventually becomes what we think. (Ref. Proverbs 23:7)

  4. I can relate to this. Very good devotional. I enjoy reading them every day!

  5. Dearest Ana, I am joining with you in prayer for the healing of your precious daughter according to God’s will and purposes. I am sure this time of uncertainty is very difficult and it’s hard to know what to do. Hold onto Jesus and pray that God will use this time to grow your trust in and love for Him as well as showing Jesus and living out your faith before your young daughter. I am praying God’s glory will shine through the darkness of this season and that He will comfort and keep you both. May your story be used to bring glory to Him and lead to the salvation of souls for Him including that of your daughter. Hugs and prayers for you both as you walk this unexpected journey. You may feel lost but God knows exactly where you are and He is our ever present help in times of trouble. Hold onto who He is- our Strength, our Strong Tower, our Hope, our Healer, our Savior. God bless you and yours dear Sister. Just “be” in Him to find rest and peace. God’s got this.

  6. Dear Ana, You have my fervent prayers for healing for your precious daughter. I am also praying for the peace of Christ to flood your life so you won’t experience that anxiety and worry. God bless you!

  7. Sister Ana, I am also believing and praying for your daughter’s healing. During the healing process, quote God’s Words of healing, restoration and peace. Teach the Word to your daughter and thank God for what He has done, especially the ‘small things’ that many times go unnoticed.
    I can certainly relate to this devotional! I have committed myself to memorizing Bible verses over the years. Recently I’ve challenged myself to memorize Psalm 119. Though I’ve not reached my goal over many weeks, repeating the Psalms over and over has its benefits! With the Word of God on my mind, there is no room for negative thoughts and opportunities for my mind to wander in the wrong direction. I am definitely “rerouting” that bad though pattern in the direction of where God wants me. He keeps us in perfect peace when we keep our minds stayed on Him. ( Isaiah 26:3)

    • Amen Jackie!! Let’s provoke one-another to spending more time in the life-giving Word of God!! His Spirit and His truth are what we need to overcome EVERYTHING in this world. When Satan whispers lies into our ears, we will declare truth right back out. The victory IS won and was won at the Cross! We have to keep standing firm in that reality.

  8. Adele Shim says:

    Thanks so much! Every devotional just seems written for me lately.

  9. Thank you for this great devotion today! In 24hrs I began to be struck with that “stuck” because things weren’t working out. I thank GOD for HIS truth and telling me to change the route of my thinking. God bless you!

    • Amen! Blessings to you Diandra! I pray for a super-powered Grace to come from the Throne of Grace today to help you press on and keep believing God. Think faith, speak faith, and live faith. He loves you!

  10. I was raised in a sea of negativity and dark thoughts. My internal hard drive is negative thinking. Today I’m going to work extra hard at conquering. Thank you!!!

    • I’m praying for you today Lynn! The Lord has made you a brand-new creation, and He has given you His Holy Spirit! He is all that we need to walk in freedom. I pray that you have a wonderful week focusing your mind and heart on Him. With love, Sharon

  11. Me too Adele.
    Thank you Sharon! I woke up with struggles leftover from yesterday on my mind but before I got out of bed I though of today’s key verse, one of my favorites. God’s word truly does heal. When I sat down with coffee in hand to read your devotional, I was delighted to see your key verse! Love it. Great devotional.
    Bless you.

  12. Change me to 1/ month vs daily

  13. very interesting

  14. vickie mullins says:

    Great devotion proverbs31ministeries ladies. I need to keep shacking my cage. Thank you Lord for our scriptures today.

    • Thank the Lord that we don’t have to do this on our own strength! He gives us His Holy Spirit, freely to help us and empower us to walk in fullness (with Him). Blessings to you Vickie!

  15. i have been mad because my family members who are believers do not care for our father..a nephew lives very near and doesn’t even consider shoveling ..36 inches of wet snow…my sister promised something and then put her car before the promise..trying to let go of this anger..this helped….

  16. Jacqueline says:

    Trust

  17. Years ago a wise and godly woman suggested singing “Jesus loves me” when I found myself battling negative thoughts. It works!

    • I do this too!

    • I absolutely love that song. There is real power in that song!! Remembering that the reason we do anything that we do at all is because Jesus LOVES US! We have nothing and can do nothing without Him! Oh how we need Him and to hear His voice that, “Yes, Jesus loves me!” Thank you for sharing this Judy and Julie!

  18. Kim Roberts says:

    It took me over 20 years of being a Christian to realize the truth and power in this concept. We should not be victims of thoughts that the evil one plants in our minds. We can choose to change our thought lives, purposefully. We can…through the power given to us in Jesus. Such a better way to live!

  19. OK, am I the only one who thought she was talking about her kids at first?? Nice little twist! 🙂 Oh how I relate to this lesson–feathers ruffled, gobbling angrily, going for the throat . A much needed reminder to not be a turkey! 🙂

  20. Thank you so much for this devotion. It has really blessed me on this morning. I needed this reminder to change my “stinkin’ thinkin’ because God has give us too many promises in His word to hold onto. I’ve been unemployed for seven months & lately I’ve been frustrated, disappointed, angry & confused as to why I can’t seem to get another job & what to do next. But now I know that if I continue to trust Him with my whole heart & just stand on His promises, He’ll open doors that I need. I want my will to be in line with His will.
    Again, thank you so much for this devotion…I needed it!

    • I’m praying for you right now Denise! Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I ask that You would go before Denise and open up the doors for her to have work. Let her be reminded that You ARE her provider and you ARE faithful to her, even in the midst of the waiting. I pray for peace and resolve over her spirit to keep standing up, tall and strong, and in confidence that You are who You say You are and, You will do what You say You will do! Bless her today, in Jesus Almighty name, Amen!

  21. Thank you very much 4 the devotional msg, I feel very light when reading it, I thnk God 4 you, Proverbs 31 God bless you

  22. Good stuff here as always and I couldn’t help but chuckle at the turkey story! And yes we all fall victim to what I call negative loop thinking. Holding each thought captive and asking God to protect you are great ways to combat evil and its constant barrage of scary thoughts. I recently posted on this subject and ways to keep yourself in check throughout the day here, http://freedomthroughempowerment.wordpress.com

  23. Good Morning..fellow readers…& no Natasha..i thought she was talking about her kids as well & was pulling over to let them have it & then she said turkeys & i went..
    TURKEYS…!!!..ok..change the direction of this conversation…i actually laughed when
    she said turkeys..i am @ a loss for words…

    you guys & Sharon..have a great & blessed day……kathy

  24. I don’t even know why I am writing, other than the fact that this is by far, the best devotional I have EVER read. (ALL Glory to God, and on HIS perfect timing.) My husband and I have been through a storm. I personally work for a Christian Radio Station and I tend to forget, “I’m human too.” I recently have been fighting such horrible negative thought, and it frightened me. I thought maybe I was lost. But this devotional really made me “rattle the cage” and get out of this “pitty party” and negative storm of thoughts; and “refocus”my mind. I know you get a lot of devotional responses, and that’s why I almost didn’t write. But I wanted to thank you, and glorify God. for helping me. I’m literally printing this out and keeping a copy in my bible and with me at work.

    • Halleluyah! Thank-you for sharing your heart Stephanie! I’m praying for you and your husband today! Father, in Jesus Christ’s Holy name, I ask that You would mightily bring them through this storm. I pray that You would stretch out Your righteous hand of faithfulness and power and give them everything that they need to not be ship-wrecked but to be strengthen by Grace, Peace, and Love. Help them to look at You and remember the cross, where You bore everything for them, where You provided everything for them! I encourage you to open up Ephesians 1 and pray it out loud. Start with one week… and see how the Lord transforms your heart through it. With love and prayer!! Sharon

  25. mary meilleur says:

    I really needed this today,God is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!! xo thank you,Mary xo

  26. mary meilleur says:

    I really needed this today,God is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!! xo thank you,Mary xo
    Thank you again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

  27. Wow!! This devotional could not have been more perfect!!! My daughter called for prayer and I prayed that God would take every thought of hers captive and then I read this and forward it to her!!! Thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit and sharing!!! I love all the things I read here!!! God bless you all abundantly and your ministry; it’s a real blessing in my life!

  28. Ok. Truth be known, this devotion really hit home to me. It’s so easy to be having a good, loving conversation with your hunny and or your children and boom…an ugly or evil thought strikes in your head and then you lash out in anger and say something negative and hurt someone’s feelings and you can’t take what you said back bc it’s already poured out your mouth. You then start wishing you wouldn’t have said such a mean thing. Lord help me to think positive thoughts and help me to think before I speak…Amen.

    • Isn’t it encouraging to know that the Lord’s mercies are NEW every morning for us?! Even if we failed miserably, we can repent (go back to the top) and receive forgiveness from our Heavenly Father right away! He doesn’t hold us under guilt or shame- that’s what Satan does. So, we have to release forgiveness to ourselves most of the time, because the Lord has already done so if we’ve asked him in a sincere heart. I pray you have a blessed week and season Katrena!

  29. Thanks for rattling my cage, I think I will literally shake myself going forward to remind myself – concentrate on God’s goodness – don’t drive down the negative road…

  30. Just what I needed today.

  31. Great devotional. I have to say, I was trying not to chuckle as I pictured the author driving down the road and occasionally reaching her hand back to bang on the cage, clap her hands and yell…can you image what other drivers were thinking…lol!

  32. THANK YOU. Perfecting timing – I need to rattle my cage several times a day. Your devotion is a blessing to me today.

  33. Rev. Pat Chapman says:

    Praise God for my taking the time to open your site this morning. I have been going through much the same thing as today’s devotion. I had just called my sister in Bakersfield this morning, before reading opening your site and we were discussing this same subject. Thanks so much for your words today.

  34. I love this illustration! We are all a bunch of turkeys in our thought-life sometimes, aren’t we? Just recently, I’ve realized so much of my thinking is fear-based. I am asking God to make me aware and to send up a prayer for healing in each fear-based thought.

  35. Thank you for this devotion. I need to learn to replace negative and worrisome thoughts with God’s word.

    • Yes and amen, Tanya! God’s word is what we need to open up and listen to EVERY, single day- so that we are listening to truth instead of the enemy’s condemnation and lies. Blessings to you!

  36. Oh my goodness…I absolutely love this. I was sitting here reading it and totally agreeing…this is exactly what I have been struggling with in my own children. When I got to the turkey part though, I cracked up. It is exactly the kind of devotion I can see coming from you. I so enjoy your posts about the farm, and your animals…just loved how you tied it all together here. Thank you for the reminder to think about the good things- I will be putting into practice as it’s been a bit of a rough few days.

    • Thank you Shelley! Glory to King Jesus! I pray that your week gets better and that you encounter the love of our Heavenly Father in a fresh and new way during this season. He loves you so much!

  37. Hallelujah that we can take our thoughts captive. There is a really old hymn, “Count your blessings”. It was one of my Mum’s favourites and she used to sing it to me as a child. Only now as an adult do I really understand how important this is, and when I get negative thoughts, sometimes I get down, but usually I hear my Mum singing to me all those years ago, and I start counting, and “you will be amazed at what the Lord has done” 🙂

    • Amen! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tell us that we are to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in ALL circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

  38. Thank you for the thoughtful illustration in this blog. I will try to keep this in mind as I battle to keep what I call “stinking thinking” out of my head. It is so easy to just keep spinning something round and round. When I find myself doing this I may repeat a scripture, whisper a prayer, or start thinking of a hymn of praise or worship, as these help me break the pattern and unstick my mind. It is indeed a struggle some days with the drama of life situations playing out around me. thanks and prayers!

    • That is a perfect plan to have Mary! It’s sometimes a battle to just turn on worship music or to sit before the Lord in silence to pray. But when we do- oh boy the atmosphere of our hearts changes-FAST. I pray that you have a week filled with grace and might to overcome every circumstance that comes up. Blessings to you!

  39. You have no idea how much I needed this today!! Thanks.

  40. Great reminder to interrupt our thought process! Re-route, re-route, re-route throughout the day! I love that catchy phrase and needed to hear that this morning. Thanks and God bless!!!

  41. Thank you for this post! I have recently found Proverbs31.org and have taken to the daily devotionals! Each day has a wonderful lesson. It has been a summer of hardship with my husband and personally, and am trying to believe that God has His hand on this and will bring us through this hard time. Nonetheless, I am finding that my days can filled with a variety of emotions – anxiety, anger, etc. Everyday I try to remember that I can look to Him for comfort; just this morning I paused to thank God for the beautiful, pink sunrise greeting me. This re-routing of thought was a wonderful devotional to help me. Cages need to be rattled, and can be a good, great thing for our development. The rattling cage can be uncomfortable, loud, maybe hurtful, but in the end a blessing. Lord, remind me to refocus my negativities (thoughts and actions) and look to you.

    • Praying for you today Sarah! I pray in the almighty name of Jesus Christ that this test that you’re going through would quickly become a testimony! I pray that peace and power from Heavenly Father would fill your lives today. God is so faithful. With love and prayers, Sharon.

  42. Love todays reading! I got the message and am going to put it into practice (more often/always). Thank you

  43. Thanks for these devotions every day. I rely on them. This one really hit the spot. I needed it today.

  44. We recently relocated from Washington state to Tennessee, and the culture shock and loneliness can really get to me some days, and today was one of those days. And of course, as the mom of a very strong willed 4 yr old boy, I have plenty of mom-fail moments. Thank you for this reminder that God gives us the power to overrun negative thought patterns and that difficult times can be exactly when we see the Lord most clearly.

    Ana, your story and the following comments have ministered to me today. I hope you will take time to read through these comments because I want you to be encouraged by all of us strangers who are now praying for you and have been lifted up by your experience and testimony.

  45. This goes along with what my hubby and I learned in this last semester of our Bible College. From the first class to the last. Amazing. God is trying to show us that we can change how our minds react and we do not have to live with the negative, fearful, angry, etc, thoughts that try take us over.. We can re-train those grey cells!
    Thanks for a great word.

  46. ❤️

  47. Teresa Davidson says:

    Oh my heavens, what comes in mind for me is hilarious-nous! Gods sense of humor is all through this. He’s reminding you to step back and access your life. Priorities, focus, faith, direction, etc. All the positive actions that our Lord wants to give to you, you are rejecting. Step back, take note, pray about it, and ask yourself, ” what can I do better, teach me to be like you Lord”. Teach me to be sound and private, not loud and non directional. May the hand of the Lord be upon you today. Amen

  48. Great post. We all need to remember that the devil thinks he’s smarter than us. Yes, we’re all sinners but if we can keep God in mind and heart we will be able to keep our sanity and let go. God will never leave us. He delights in His children and loves when we recall His messages of love, grace and mercy for each other. Take a breath and listen to Him. He is ever near with what to do.
    He is strong.

  49. I just read this devotional this morning even though it was posted on Monday. Thanks for rattling this “Turkeys” cage. As I sat this morning and read all of your posts for this week, God brought me to my knees and I had a really good cry. So much has happened over the past 6 1/2 years in regards to one of daughter’s, this post and the one for today really opened up my soul to how negative, and harden I had become. Gossiping is a sin in God’s eyes when it is done to destroy the heart of another, and when a trusted church member spreads it it causes separation in God’s family, and the family that the “tales” were told about. The end result was our family was asked to leave the church, the “gossiper” remains in the church, and there is complete separation from our child, and grandchild that the gossiper now claims as their own. I have tried to rationalize this over and over, struggling with God over whether I was worthy enough to be His, worthy enough to be a parent. And yes the thoughts of revenge were there, but revenge of what?? Only our Father knows what was said, ( we were never told the who, what or why),but this past year God has brought me to a place of humbleness, back to His word, and my soul is at peace with knowing these truths. I am not perfect to the world around me only to the Father am I. These burdens are not for me to carry alone so I laid them at his feet where I should have long ago. His mercy and grace is what abounds in me and it is through him that I have faith. My stronghold and verse that gets me through each and everyday is this; Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10.
    Thank you for you daily devotions and uplifting verses. May the Lord richly bless your ministry and all those who read and seek God’s guidance.

  50. I definately need help in this matter of re-routing my negative thoughts and am asking God to help me by helping me think on those things in Phillippians 4:8. And to focus on I Corinthians 2:14-16 and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. The reason I have this battle is because I left the home town of 40 years and had been divorced and I was praying these verses daily and asking God for His wisdom. I know that God is in Sovereign control and He has a plan for my life . However, today I fought homesickness and my grandchildren and children. I feel they could care less for me and the family of my new husband of 4 years do not appreciate me being here. I mean that his daughters-in-law are very much wishing I’d just stay away. There are times I have victory over this and then the victory goes away and things happen that make me quote these verses and trust almighty God to help me claim victory again. Sometimes I feel that there is no one around me who cares to sticks about me. My husband very caring and loves the Lord, but he’s around all of his family and he does not understand how deeply I miss my grandchildren. I would love to be a grandma to his 7 grandchildren, but their mothers don’t encourage that. I keep praying those verses to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ..and for me to have the mind of Christ. I just keep reading my Bible, singing good, Godly songs. I want to honor my Lord and have that ‘peace that passes all understanding. I NEED HELP ! ! !

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