Three Easy Steps to Transforming Your Mind and Your Life

Three Easy Steps to Transforming Your Mind and Your Life

June 23, 2017

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2a (NLT)

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My thoughts were running rampant, and I knew it.

The room was pitch black except for a trickle of moonlight peeking through the window blinds. It was the middle of the night, but my mind apparently thought it was the middle of the day. The more I thought about my problems, the bigger they seemed to get.

New worries began to entangle themselves with old worries; both of which I was sure would devour me.

I’ve tossed and turned too many nights, stressing over difficult situations or problems, feeding negative thoughts until they grew bigger than I could handle. Maybe you can relate?

Today’s key verse is a popular one, but what many of us don’t consider is that God is not only telling us to transform our minds, but He’s also assuring us it is possible. In fact, many scientific studies have proven the way we habitually think forms physiological patterns, or paths, in our brains. So, when we change the way we think, we also change the physiological makeup of our brains. Amazing! Science has finally caught up with Scripture!

If we allow our minds to be shaped by negative thoughts, we are headed straight toward a life lacking peace, joy and hope. But, when we humbly admit our need for change and invite Christ to renew our minds — one thought at a time — we are blessed with the ability to enjoy life, despite its challenges.

Although it might seem difficult at first, it is possible to change the way we think if we commit to three easy steps:

1. Recognize negative thoughts.

Each time a negative thought enters your mind, make note of how you’re feeling. Ask yourself things like: Does this thought help me in any way? Does it make me happy, or does it steal my peace? Is this a problem God can’t handle, or am I assuming it’s too big for Him? (Trick question: Nothing is too big for God!) Is it even true according to God’s Word? Asking God to make us aware of our negative thoughts is the first step to learning to control them.

2. Reject negative thoughts.

Once you learn to be aware of your negative thoughts, you can begin to combat them and fight back. Each time you notice a negative thought, aim to pause and reject it. Remind yourself not to focus on the negativity, and instead, try to focus on something positive. If you’ve decided it’s not really true, don’t allow yourself to entertain it anymore. If that negative thought is stealing your peace, refuse to give it power over your joy, peace or happiness, much less your life. Take control of what you’re thinking, rather than letting your thoughts run rampant. Then, turn that negative thought around.

3. Replace negative thoughts.

If something bad happens to us, we don’t have to believe we have a bad life. When we experience something positive in the morning but have to deal with something negative in the afternoon, we have the choice to decide whether we’ve had a good or bad day overall. If someone hurts our feelings, we can forgive and refuse to let it fester in our thoughts and steal our confidence. If someone insults us, we can focus on our positive attributes and remember what God’s Word says about us is most important.

Each time we notice our minds are wandering to a place where discouragement, sadness, fear, anger or negativity reside, we have the authority and the power to choose to reject those negative thoughts and shift them to be more positive.

Friend, I’m convinced our lives would take a turn for the better if we were intentional to change the way we think.

Lord, how I long to break free from negative thinking and embrace peace and joy and optimism. I invite You to begin transforming my thought patterns and help me recognize, reject and replace thoughts that are not pleasing to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Ephesians 4:23, “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” (NLT)

RELATED RESOURCES:
For more tips and inspiration on changing the way you think, purchase Tracie Miles’ new book Unsinkable Faith: God-filled Strategies for Transforming the Way You Think, Feel and Live.

CONNECT:
Visit Tracie’s blog to read examples of real life women who have already implemented these three steps and experienced radical change in their lives as a result.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Is it possible negative thoughts have taken over your thought life?

Think of a situation that causes you to feel pessimistic or discouraged. Ask God to help you recognize, reject and replace those thoughts today. You’ll soon see a change in your heart, mind and life.

© 2017 by Tracie Miles. All rights reserved.

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  1. Debbie H. says:

    Tracie, thank you! In reading this I felt you were speaking directly to me! I am living a negative life at present trying to keep our business going. The struggle has taken a toll on me, as I suffer from insomnia, use food for comfort and see the joy sucked out of my marriage. I am printing this so I can continue to work on my negativity and hopeless thoughts.

    • Allison says:

      Thanks for sharing your story Debbie. Sounds a lot like mine! We are business owners too and have struggled in the same way. A word of encouragement – God is for you! He has freedom for you. Keep renewing your mind and it will come.

    • enjoyed reading your blog about having negative and positive thinking. great blog!

  2. From Feb to Aug 2016 I was so stressed out by circumstances out of my control it was effecting my mental and physical health. I read a book recommended by a friend and turned everything over to God. I immediately felt more peaceful. It’s been a journey, but reading the Bible daily and attending Bible studies as helped me focus on how He is in control. As soon as I catch myself worrying about things, which is how I was for years, I pray and remind myself this is God’s plan and take a step back. It’s been a journey to do this, because I’m the type of person who likes to plan ahead and dislike the unknown. I have grown in my faith over the year, but still have a ways to go.

  3. Sisters in Christ, take Tracie’s wisdom to heart! Negative thoughts will sail into the harbor of our minds . . . don’t let them drop anchor. And don’t let them tie up to the dock and put down the gangplank!

    • Lisbeth says:

      Thanks, Shirlee. They sail in repeatedly lately. I need to look to the true captain and fully trust His navigational expertise! It is so difficult to “let go” of what consumes our thinking at times.

      This was a great devotion today!

    • Cindy b says:

      Shirlee- I love the analogy! It’s a keeper for sure!

    • I need to learn to place my negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Hard to do at times. I need to also place fear with faith. I start crying sometimes because I have overwhelmed myself with negative thoughts. I need to take charge of my thoughts.

    • Thank you Shirlee! Such a great visual that drives home the point! You have a gift and bless me every time I read your comments.

    • Shirlee
      What a perfect analogy.

  4. Shannon says:

    Such truth to this!! I’ve struggled with anxiety and having negative thoughts consume me. The best thing I did to help turn it around was to find scripture to combat what I was thinking. I would write it on an index card and leave it on my desk. When anxiety or negative thoughts hit, I would pick up the card and read it over and over, replacing it with God’s truth. I now have quite an arsenal of scripture to battle with, and pull out the one I need most as a reminder for the day to leave out as a visual.

    • The enemy has attacked my peace and joy for 2 days now… and your “index card” idea is how I’m going to replace the lies with truth. Today, I plan to make an actual file… sort of recipes for truth! Thanks for posting your thoughts, Shannon.

      • Lisa B. says:

        I use index cards too! I also use a card box along my own “scripture catalog system” to keep them organized so I can go right to them when the enemy strikes. I put fear, faith, praise or if it relates to a certain trial that I’m going through (like right now with my husband) I right those precious words down along with the date on the tabs. If you can’t find blank card inserts/tabs, flip the printed ones over and use the back of the printed ones, to write down the category, this will work just fine! Read these words back to God!! I got this idea from my pastors wife. I hope I explained it ok!!!

    • Thank you for taking me back to the power of His Word to help combat my fears and anxieties. The mind is so powerful and I needed this today so much! I haven’t opened this app on my phone for weeks and God knew! Isn’t it just His way of saying, “see I’m here and I am watching over you, child. Trust me.”
      Thank you for this post! Thank you, Tracie, to being Gods tool to bless others.

    • Kara Macdonald says:

      Can you share a few of the scriptures you use to combat your anxiety, Shannon?

    • I cannot tell you how many scriptures I now know by heart, however, I cannot tell you where the scripture came from. I know this is God’s doing.

  5. Mind Chatter
    – Marie H Fitts

    Ceaseless mind chatter
    Perpetual mind games
    Make it stop!
    This tireless madness
    Tell me, “who” is to blame?
    For the never-ending onslaught of
    Negative thoughts that keep a soul occupied
    Rolling the tape on the big screen
    In the theater of your uncontrolled mind
    Do you ever wonder what’s playing behind the curtain
    Of auburn hair or hazel eyes
    If you could envision the previews
    You might be surprised to find
    Every imperfect, living, breathing soul
    Hears negative chatter with fervour
    Scanning frequencies left and right
    Sanity is tucked away in a drawer
    Still the mind chatter, debris and the clutter
    Interferes with faith’s radar screen
    Filling the mind with disorder
    On a confused multitude of things
    So how do we gain back our “focus”
    Align our thoughts with clarity
    We must forever look to The Light
    Through lenses of Jesus Christ’s purity
    Sin creates the delusion
    Fradulent darkness surrounds the mind’s eye
    Mindful clutter intended to deceive
    Its effect is unproductive… futile
    Thus
    Most chatter is negative and misleading
    Inaccurate, distorted and untrue
    Causing confusion, these misguided perceptions
    Are adept at concealing the truth
    We must remember, when thoughts seem scattered
    Lacking orderly, organized, continuity
    We must light up the cluttered darkness
    With God’s truth…His truth will set your mind at ease
    So do not listen to condemning voices
    Speaking the guilt of yesterday’s past
    Weary sinner
    Lift your head
    Live your faith
    Unabashed!

  6. thanks -this hit home, not much sleep last nite……. will try more positivity!

  7. Stephani says:

    Wow. I stopped reading the daily devotional on Proverbs 31 for a long time. Like, years. Because it always seemed to be someone mentioning their husband. Their relationship with their husband. The trials of being married and loving your husband. All of which was very difficult for me to read, sometimes making me angry, other times making me sad. At 44 years of age and divorced since 1998 – I never dreamed I’d end up spending my life alone. Raising 3 kids alone. Of course I know I’ve always had the Lord with me, and I’m grateful. But if I’m 100% honest, I wanted to get married again. I always believed I would; it just never happened. I was that little girl that dreamed of growing up, getting married, raising my children, caring for my husband – I never really wanted much; just a happy family. I did the best I could as a single mom, and my kids say I did great, and I’m glad for that, but, still. To say I’ve been bitter would be “no word of a lie” as they say on Downton Abbey lol 🙂 so today, I thought “well, why not?” My Internet bestie (I live in Alabama, she in Colorado) and I, are about to start the next First 5 study, so why not give the daily devotional a “look see” – and after all this time, my first trip back, and lo and behold if it isn’t my precious God speaking directly to me! Take captive my negative thoughts, and let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Amen, amen and amen.

  8. Tracie,
    I read this message in the middle of the night on vacation in Mexico, unable to return to sleep because of negative thoughts and unanswerable questions that have plagued me and paralyzed me for years. My situation and circumstances almost replicate what you described in your sample chapter from your book. Jesus has been preparing my heart and leading me with bits of your message – and tonight the miracle I have been praying for: your study! I’m so thankful to begin this journey to a healthy mind and life that brings glory to God and making Jill the optimistic and unsinkable child of God she knows she is!! Can’t wait to read the rest and commit to this study and change for the rest of my life! Blessings to you in Jesus Name!

  9. Mariana says:

    This is so true!! Thank you the beautiful reminder of how YAH does help us in EVERY area of our lives; we simply have to make the CHOICE to let Him.

    Dr. Caroline Leaf also wrote a book about this topic called, “Who Switched Off My Brain?” What’s nice about this is that she also writes from a Christian perspective.

  10. As I was awakened out of a dead sleep with many things weighing on my mind, I opened up my email and read the most recent Proverbs 31. I am in awe of the amazing power of our Lord. He awakens us to spend time with us. I learned that many years ago in a bible study I attended as a young new mother. Over the years I have forgotten that He awakens us to spend time with us…..this message from Tracie in the wee hours of the morning was the gentle reminder I needed to shed light on what I have always known. God did not wake any of us up this morning to be burdened with fear, worry, or anxiety, but to remind us that we need to turn all things over to Him. When we wake in the middle of the night or early morning hours, use this gift of time to pray and talk to God. Turn your worries over to Him. He provides rest for the weary. Over the past 7 years I have experienced things in my life I never dreamed I would have to encounter. My family and friends still comment to this day that they don’t know how I do it. My answer is always, “She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her” Psalm 112:7. I pray that each of you live by these words. Xoxo

  11. Sheri Rea says:

    Thank you! I needed this today.

  12. I have been feeling just what you wrote about today…I was praying and reading scripture asking God to help me to over come my negative and sad thoughts, that have been running rampant in my mind and life the last few months….I am usually a very positive person and full of joy. The enemy has been trying to steal that from me.. And HERE He sent me to your devotional for today, exactly what I was asking for!! His faithfulness is always true! He uses other believers to help share His truths to us living in the world, where this evil but I believe much good too. Thank you! I have printed todays devotional and will read as often as need be!

  13. Angeles says:

    I felt that this post left out the most important way to renew our mind: to stay in God’s word continually. When God’s word is our daily and constant food, it truly does change the way we think about everything.

    • Bridgett says:

      100% true! You can try to incorporate all the self-help ideas and all the world’s power-of-positive-thinking schemes you want but nothing works like God’s truth. I’ve read so many self help books over the years trying to change my own life but not until I turned to God’s Word, believing He is my bread and butter, my living water, have things really changed. God’s Word is like a huge toolbox, a treasure trove of truth. Mine for the truth and watch your mind renewed and your life changed bit by bit. Everyday we’re in a battle but God has given us His Word to fight with. He loves us!

    • True! God bless you Angeles.

  14. Tracie: Your writing is refreshingly intuitive! Looking forward to hearing much more from you! THX! Have a beautiful, enlightening day with God! 🙂

  15. I was also awake in the wee hours of the night last night, like many of these women, and my mind was racing with several worst case scenarios. For me it is much easier to trust God during the day, but at night I feel weaker and almost powerless to taking every thought captive like the Bible says. I did get up out of bed and pray, and that helped, but this devotion reminds me that I should go directly to the Word to fill my mind with truth to combat the enemy and my racing, exhausting and discouraging thoughts. Thank you, Lord!

  16. Danielle says:

    This post really resonated with me! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Wow! The amazing way God works! I’m visiting my sister, trying to help with her girls because she had surgery and can’t drive. I’m way out of my” comfort zone!” Negative thoughts have bombarded my mind! I needed this, it was right on time. I’m praying God will renew my mind so I can be His hands and feet and not be caught up in my negative thoughts! This was a blessing to me!

  18. Tracie,
    Thank you for this message. My son has had the problem thinking negatively almost all his life. He has ADHD and Asperger Syndrome so I believe these contribute to his way of thinking. I’m hoping your guidelines will help redirect his thinking and put it on what God can do for him. Thank you.

  19. What you said resonated so deeply within me that it brought tears. I am plagued with a naturally melancholy personality and changing it is utterly necessary if I am every to find the joy and peace that God wants me to have. A widow of 4 1/2 years, I have allowed my thoughts to travel a dark path that now finds me lost in blackness that is like a heavy curtain between God and me. I must try the three steps you outlined and let God change this “leopard’s” spots before it is too late. I will be 79 soon, and my life is essentially over, but I will claim God’s promise to “restore the years the locusts have eaten” and guide me to a place of peace and joy.

  20. This was definitely the Lord! I woke up this morning just crying out to him before I got up off the bed. I’ve been struggling the last few months with depression. And I definitely have been praying that the Lord would help me with my thought life because I’ve just been sailing with the negative thoughts. I know I’m going through menopause, but I don’t want to use it as an excuse to just continue down this road. I felt helpless but this devotion has encouraged my heart and help me to see that it’s exactly what’s going on. I want to renew my mind. Please pray for me and I will fight these thoughts and not give into them.

  21. Liana Byron says:

    Thank you for your words this morning. I had spent some quality quiet time early this morning studying deeply just that very passage of scripture – Romans 12:1-2. So when I opened my email to see the very scripture, my heart leapt for joy. What a beautiful picture of God caring for and loving me in relationship as He speaks to us, as we seek Him. And that He can use whomever and whatever to keep us going deeper with Him … and keeping our mind on Him. God bless. Have a wonderful day in Jesus 🙂

  22. Peggy Cooper says:

    Just what i needed this morning didn’t sleep much last night because of negative thought need to learn to get rid of this

  23. Thank you this is much needed. I can’t sleep and when I do I wake in a panic attack. I feel like my heart is going to explode. So many things going on that I have no control over. I feel there is no end to the bad. I have to get up every morning and give it all to God. I have a hard time fining joy and peace.

    • Marcia, the reason why this happens to you is that, after giving everything to God in prayer, you then take everything back. You have to train and discipline yourself not to take any thought back after releasing it to Him. Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, and stop letting the devil rob your joy and giving you sleepless nights. I’ll remember you in my prayers. May our Lord’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

  24. KC Armstrong says:

    This is a reoccuring message in my life right now. Lord I hear You and invite You into my thoughts. Help me recognize, refuse and replace what is not healthy. In Jesus name amen!

  25. With all respect, I thought twice before reading your devotion. The title “Three Easy Steps….” is misleading. It requires discipline and consistency, training and tenacity to change our thought patterns.

    -Discipline “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character”

    The church has done a huge job of misleading people into how transformation takes place. The path to transformation requires much more training, sticking with the Spirit, scripture and soul care practices. I realize your content is right on the money, but we need to do a better job as leaders and ministers of discipleship to let people know God will meet us where we are but the movement to a new place will require the discipline of an athlete.

    A fellow struggler…learning to “set my mind”

  26. Kim Paterson says:

    This was TOTALLY what I needed today!!!! I have been worrying and have let fear, negativity & anxiety take me hostage!

  27. I love most of everything you have to say here! It’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    I’ve been diving deep on this ‘negative thought pattern’ for a few years now. It’s tough! I’m still learning and trying to figure it all out. I would like you to consider a different alternative to your #2 if you don’t mind. In all my working, processing and studying with some great people on this very issue – I’ve learned that rejecting my thoughts is precisely where I’ve gotten stuck and realized it was hurting me more instead of helping me.

    If you try to ‘reject your negative thoughts’ as you suggest, they will push back and fight to remain even more. What you resist will persist. Rejecting your thoughts is like rejecting the core of yourself. There are core beliefs as to why we have those negative thought patterns in the first place that need to be processed.

    Something I’ve learned and have been trying to work on myself (it’s hard!) is to allow and accept the feelings when they come up. Lovingly talk my way through them….yes I know it can be scary, you’re doing your best, I know it can feel lonely, it’s hard to feel rejected, it does hurt, anxiety can be suffocating, etc. Then my thoughts turn to encouragement and reassurance to myself to gently move through the negative emotions…you’ve got this, you are loved, you are watched over and taken care of, you will be ok, you are learning new ways…to ultimately asking – God please assist me to help elevate me from a consciousness of fear to one of feeling peace, faith and love.

    This process helps you to love and be gentle with yourself, and allows your body and mind to ultimately process through and truly release the emotions and to replace the old negative thought patterns with new healthy loving thought patterns.

  28. lisa bly says:

    Thank you for the encouragement to renew our minds. This needs to be a daily habbit as life always throws tuff things our way. I have had to ask God to empower me to stop the anxious thoughts before I was even able to think on His truth.God has always been faithful to calm my thought down so i can think on what is true. It is a battle the always fights for us

  29. I would like to add one more thing to my comment above. I have suffered with anxiety and anxiety attacks for years. I know so many women who suffer with the same issues. I am learning tools to decrease and eliminate these issues.

    One of the very worst things you can do when anxiety hits, when fearful thoughts arise, or an anxiety attack comes on is to reject and resist your feelings. It will literally fuel the anxiety and make it ten times worse if you say to yourself that you’re not allowed to feel anxiety and to reject it! It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire.

    To stop an anxiety attack is to allow it to come! It seems counterintuitive I know – but it works. Allow and recognize all the feelings and physical sensations as they start to sweep over you. The quicker you start to talk to yourself and not resist what’s happening in your mind and body – the anxiety attack will settle and stop. There’s a whole process. It works.

    It’s the same concept of allowing and loving yourself through your feelings instead of rejecting yourself and your feelings. The quicker you can do this, the more your body and mind releases and processes what it’s working through.

    I would also add that there’s nothing easy about this! It’s tough stuff! It takes a lot of hard work! I’m learning to be gentle with myself as I learn, have success and even many setbacks.

    Again, thank you for sharing and allowing dialogue on this topic.

    • Hi Deanna, I like your comment but feel that there are issues in life that you should not entertain in your mind as you mention in your comment. Our adversary the devil is responsible for all this (refer to Joyce Meyer’s Mind, The Battle Field). I believe the best thing to do is to give everything to God in prayer (1 Peter 5:7) and not to take them back. Our enemy is so strong that even the Archangel Michael could not handle him but gave him to God (refer to Jude’s Epistle). Thank you for sharing, and God bless you.

      • Fredrick, thank you for your response. However, I just completely disagree. God is actually who guided me to learn these beautiful techniques of loving and accepting myself and feelings – instead of blocking and wishing they would just go away. The goal is not to ultimately stay with the feelings, but allow and process why you have them in the first place..,which will ultimately then release from you body – without rejecting yourself and emotions in the process. Shunning emotions and rejecting them only keeps you locked in shame and buried emotions, which will turn into physical issues and disease. As for the anxiety, women are much more prone to deal with it than men. Add to that fluctuating and imbalanced hormones and you have a real susceptibility for anxiety and depression. The technique of allowing an anxiety attack to come is absolutely a fast way to get it to stop. I’ve lived it. All the best to you.

    • Carol S. says:

      Deanna, I totally agree with you and I know just what you are saying! I have been as Christian most of my life yet have also suffered from depression, negative thoughts and anxiety for many years. I would constantly hide from my feelings and pretend everything was “just fine” – because that’s the way it was supposed to be as a Christian. What I’ve learned, like you said, is to lovingly recognize the “stinkin’ thinkin'”, look at the thoughts for the lies they are and realize where they’re coming from instead of trying to hide them and pretend they aren’t there. Only then can I tell myself that I AM “good enough” and replace those thoughts with Scriptures and love.

      • Yes! Thank you for sharing that. We’re all working on this together! It’s taken me a long time to move from rejecting my feelings to allowing and moving through them and then releasing them.

  30. Kay Christman says:

    Tracie, every time I read one of your posts, I feel as if it were written specifically for me. I am a 66 year old woman who has led a blessed life. Not so much in money or things, but with a wonderful husband of 45 years, and have raised 3 wonderful children. Recently I had a knee replacement. I have never known such constant, uncontrollable pain! The last five weeks have been so dark, frustrating, and lonely. Each morning I would struggle to get out of bed, to find a comfortable place to sit so I could read my Bible and devotions. But I could not seem to focus while my mind was railing against the unstoppable pain. Because of other health issues, the only thing I can take for the pain is Tylenol. It isn’t much help. Only this last week, I told myself that the only way to dig myself out of this hole that I fell into, was to change the way I have been feeling about my circumstances. Instead of being angry at the Lord for not “hearing me”, or “not answering me”, I needed to be thankful for the blessings that I do have. God does love me. He has never left me, nor will he. I have a saint of a husband who has done so much for me and continues to do so. I am doing well in my Physical Therapy. I will get over this hurdle and then I will be so pleased with all the things that I can again do with my husband. Simple things, like going for a short hike, working in the garden, walking the dog. Praise the Lord! I think I have finally turned a corner and despite the pain that still keeps me up nearly all night, I am walking without the use of a walker or a cane! “The joy of the Lord is my Strength.”

    • Loretta Richardson says:

      Hi Kay,
      Thank you for sharing you post. We share the victory in the small things that God has blessed us with. I couldn’t help but to respond, but have you ever watched the 700 Club? A few years ago, I had heel pain for about 6 months when I would wake up in the morning and sometimes at night (the pain would eventually go away during the day when I walked). I would sometimes watch the 700 Club and wait until the Lord spoke to Pat Robertson/Terry Meuwsen about the pain in my heel. One afternoon, Pat was praying and said” someone has some pain near the back of their foot and God is healing you right now!” I said “that’s me!!” Well, after a few days my pain was totally gone and never came back! Praise God! So I just encourage you to watch, if you can. Praying for you!

  31. Susan G. says:

    Thank you for this.
    I need to retrain my brain so that when I start to think negative thoughts I instead offer up a sacrifice of praise to God…because I really have nothing to complain about it! He is enough!
    Bless you!

  32. Psalm 94:19 “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”

    Dealing with family stuff I really had alot of negative thots & few months ago there was a devotional on this & so I decide to let God turn my negatives into positives. This verse has helped me focus on what God gives, comfort as I move forward.

  33. Couldn’t agree more. All you’ve said in this devotional is so true and applicable in our real life journey. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

  34. Janice Alston says:

    Very good article on negative , and positively thoughts.. I used to struggle with thinking negative thoughts, but after being more positive about my life. I truely want to continue to blot out the negetive thoughts and be more positive. Tbis was on point. Love this article. It touch me , I need that. Love this message. It touched by heart. I feel I am doing somethings right.

  35. Thank you, Tracie, for this devotional & for your book, Unsinkable Faith! Although I’ve been a Christian most of my life, I have struggled a lot with worrying. When my teenager daughter’s health was suddenly challenged last year, I was sick with fear! Even now I occasionally have a night in which I don’t sleep much, but I am learning to immerse myself in God’s promises, pray more & worry less and trust Him more. It’s a journey, but I want to travel it well. Just started reading your book. Thank you! ♡

  36. Bible study started yesterday for the summer session & the message to read was Proverbs 4:23. I have been dealing with the enemy everyday for about 10 days now with negative thoughts & added stress in my life plus no being able to sleep well at night. I needed to hear this message right now. It shows me that God is here right now when I need him the most. I couldn’t sleep so I got up and opened up proverbs 31. He was speaking to me through all of you.❤️ In Jesus name amen alleluia

  37. Lynda McKelvie says:

    What a timely reminder for me!
    I can’t just use this discipline once – my thinking needs corrected on a regular basis and reading this very important message, has reminded me how important it is to clear the rubbish out of my mind and heart!
    Thank you so much for your powerful words!

  38. Thank you sooooo much Tracy for today’s devotional. It hit me straight in the heart. Lately it seems most of my thoughts are negative. In my head I know all the verses that command me to lay my burdens at the cross and leave them there, etc. but most of them seem to have a hard time reaching my heart these days as I have so many “burdens” at this time in my life. From a human perspective, it seems some of the things I dwell on will never happen but I know that with God ALL things are possible. God Bless you Tracy for following God’s leading in sharing your heart with us.

  39. Starletha Cherry says:

    Tracie

    Thank you for this post. I am in a situation that has sucked the life, joy and Peace away from me. I have prayed consistently for the Joy to be renewed and to transform my thoughts about day to day issues. I realize that each moment there is a challenge or problem; my heart sinks. But, I am determined to live Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:3, Philippians 4:10-13
    Ephesians 3:20
    I will remember that life and death are in the power of the tongue; and those who love it (death or life) will eats its fruit.

  40. I have been stuck in a pattern of heartbreak, rejection, no hope for the future or joy while going through a divorce. Whenever I find myself focusing on my ex-husband and the girl he left me for, I have to stop and replace the thoughts with a praise song. It really does take time to retrain your brain. Point 1 in the article hit home for me and it felt like God was reminding me to change my focus from consuming negative thoughts to Him.

  41. I’ll be forwarding this to my sister who is in such a dark place in this season of her life. I pray she is not so encumbered with negative thoughts that she cant see the possibilities of what she can do with Jesus by her side. Please pray for her, my family, and me as we tackle the struggles that are before us.

  42. Love love love this.
    💜

  43. Hello Tracie,
    Thank you so much for these words! God’s word always comes at the right time and is never late to heal and bring us joy! I have been going through a lot of negative thoughts and I have asked God to help me see and think more positive thought about my spiritual life and personal life. He has been very good and I praise him for everything he has allowed me to experience in his presence.

    Your words and this verse are a blessing to me!

    God Bless you!

    • Duncan Munyao says:

      Really devotional, may the Lord Almighty Jesus Christ impart,empower and give you more divine insightvas you feed us edifying the body of Christ.
      Duncan,Mombasa Kenya.God bless you richly.

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