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Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.
Proverbs 23:7 ” As a man thinketh in his heart, so he becomes ” briefly ran across my synapses today. It immediately took me back to a pivotal time in my life right before my health struggles began. I was in my late 20’s, and my family and I had just recently moved to the beautiful state of Washington. I had become pretty good friends with one of my next-door neighbors. As our friendship flourished and grew, she would invite our family over to her house for birthday and holiday parties, through that I was able to meet some of her friends and family. One friend in particular stood out to me. There was just something about her, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. She was a sweet, beautiful, single mom in her 30’s. I met and visited with her briefly on a few occasions at some of our neighbors gatherings. One day I distinctly recall my neighbor mentioning to me that her friend was suddenly very very ill, and that she wasn’t able to eat. Every time she tried to eat it would come up, she wasn’t able to keep anything down. As the months went by I would ask my neighbor about her friend. Every time I received news it was never good. Her friends health continued to decline. I remember at one point seeing her pull up to our neighbors house for a visit, she looked so frail and thin. Again, as the months went by I would get updates. She had now been to specialist after specialist with no answer, no help, still unable to eat. For some reason I could never get this poor woman out of my mind, her condition started to consume me. I was so troubled by the fact that this beautiful, young single mom to the cutest little boys had to go through so much suffering, it broke my heart, I felt for her. Eventually I received news that she passed away. I remember feeling so heartbroken for her, her little boys and family. I just couldn’t believe no one could help her, her death seemed so unfortunate. This poor woman died because her stomach stopped working, what a torturous slow way to die. This was now a turning point in my life. I started to obsess over her death and it quickly became a stronghold in my mind. I went from heartbroken for her, to an extreme fear and irrational phobia that this would happen to me. I had no control over my thoughts. I let fear in, and gave it complete power and authority over my mind. It was awful. I thought about this constantly, and the more I thought about it , I started to experience health problems. With each health problem I increasingly worried more and more that my day of doom was coming. Guess what?! Yep it came!! In 2009 shortly after my gallbladder was removed I was diagnosed with gastroparesis, a condition in which your stomach cannot empty itself of food properly, in other words your stomach is paralyzed. The doctors told me only 10% of my stomach was pumping my food. I was so so sick I was only eating maybe 500 to 600 calories a day, honestly probably actually a lot less than that. Most of you have read that story so you know how it turns out. (if not click on the tab ” my story ” on the top of my blog to see how I overcame )…. I wanted to share this story with you because it sheds light on the importance of our thoughts. Just as the Bible says in proverbs 18:21 ” The tongue has the power of life and death” So it is with our thoughts! Our thoughts can either bring life or they can bring death. We need to take every thought captive ( 2 Corinthians 10:5 ). That’s why it’s so important to be centered on the word of God. At that time in my life I was not in the word like I am now. I now have a spiritual weapon ( word of God ) to fight back those negative pessimistic thoughts that try to overpower me. So with that said it’s so so important to remember and acknowledge that a lot of what happens in our life starts in our mind. If our mind is centered on God we will live in freedom.
Our thoughts have power, Control you mind!! ? ??