Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if ANYTHING is excellent or praiseworthy- THINK about such things.
As I sit here and write this I think back to when my walk with the Lord began. I was saved at 5 years old, and I can actually remember that moment so clearly. I grew up loving the Lord but I didn’t actually have that close personal relationship with him. My true walk with the Lord didn’t actually take root until I was in my late 20’s. Unfortunately it took some pretty scary health problems for me to humble myself enough to really discover the sufficiency of his presence in my life. Its Peculiar how God takes our difficulties and situations and uses them to nourish our thirst for him.
So how is my life different now? I used to walk in fear and desperation. Today I walk in strength and victory. I have learned to refuse to settle for anything less than Gods best for my life. Of course this didn’t just happen overnight, it was a refining process. I used to read all these christian self help books, pray, cry out to God, but the fear that crippled my heart and mind wouldn’t subside. I lived like this for years while going through my health nightmares. It wasn’t until these last few years Ive learned to be “intentional” in my thinking. Yes my thinking! I never really thought that I would have to change my mind , and the thoughts that would creep in. I thought I could read all the right books , pray, and God would miraculously take away the anguish and despair that paralyzed my mind. This wasn’t an easy speed of light change. I had to become determined in choosing right thoughts, being active* and not passive! I have had to set my mind on good things and keep it there. Its a constant process of being renewed and remolded. Putting off my old self and putting on the new self, renewing my attitudes and thoughts through devoted time in the word of God. Thats the secret, the word of God. Nothing more (well actually prayer too…ha!), nothing less!
Natalie was lost and in chains. The world had its hold on me. Not anymore!!! I have stepped out of darkness and into his light. I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. No matter the bumps and bruises, my God releases all that binds me. I lay my life down at his feet.
God is ready to encourage and comfort you! No more living in despair! Don’t sit back and idle! Get in the word of God and watch your thoughts and life be transformed. If you want to experience the wonderful things God has planned for your life, its time to renew your mind and experience his goodness!
Set the captives free!!!! Yes! You feel it?!!
This is the first day of the rest of your life, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!