Weapons of Warfare-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome to our WOW (words of wisdom/weapons of warfare) monthly series. There’s nothing that can get us through the difficult times, the confusing circumstances and the times of sorrow like the Word, which never fails to splash perspective, clarity and joy along the journey. This months’ WOW is especially personal for me, so grab your coffee and come on in.

This month’s WOW is found in Psalms 138:8 which says: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, oh Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the works of your hands.” Oh, what a sweet, sweet reminder of His sovereignty that allows me to let go and let Him steer the ship through the storms and the calm seas of this writing/publication journey.

Each morning, to jump-start my mind, I’ve been reading in my Battlefield of the Mind devotional by Joyce Myers. Now, honestly, since unpacking the majority of my junk, I’ve considered myself to be a fairly positive person and free from a lot of battles of the mind; that is, until I began to read this devotional. For the last three weeks or so, every morning’s devotional has exposed some “thought” weakness in me and there have been some mornings where I’ve wept with frustration over the realization of them. I’ve wondered if I’m ever going to get there, but then His Word reminds me that I am His work in progress, and I will not be complete until I am safe in His arms. (Phil 1:6)

Let me share some of my weaknesses that I am learning to trust Him for growth in. I’m not ashamed to tell you there are several, so we may end up with another mini series here; 🙂 we’ll see how it goes.

The first realization was recognizing that many of my problems stem from my thinking patterns, and as He reminded me through Joyce, this is the devil’s oldest trick. As long as we are alive, we will have to fight the war of our minds. That helps me kind of relax, in a weird sort of way, knowing that accepting the never-ending process just needs to become a way of life. After I recognize a wrong thinking pattern, I then need to confess it to Him and allow Him to change it. In case you’re wondering how to do that exactly, just remember that Satan does not and will not ever know how to be honest!

Another weakness of mine is recognizing that any negative thoughts fuel discouragement, and depression – which are very real emotions, btw — which turns into victim thinking, so I can either focus on what is going not so well in my life or what is going well. I can focus on the good in each of my relationships or the not so good. I have to be convinced that He cares and is taking an active role in all that concerns me. Therefore, I must be in active relationship with Him and His spirit in me.

This next one’s a big one and something tells me I’m not the only one who struggles with this, and that is saying nice things about people we don’t believe are very nice! 🙂 We can’t speak kindly about others, especially those who have hurt us, and gossip less if we are not changing our thoughts, because whatever’s in our heart comes out our mouth. Garbage doesn’t just begin tumbling out of my mouth without having been nurtured and fed in my heart, which is the seat for my thoughts.

Whew, I don’t know about you, but that last one is a biggie and I still need so much work in this area. I’m so thankful that He cares that I care to grow in this area, that He will perfect this and that His mercy is the power behind the transformation.

We’ll pick back up with this WOW on Wednesday and probably Friday too, but on Friday, have I got a secret for you! 🙂 Have an amazing day and when you can, tune in to Blog Talk Radio for our show which airs at 1:00 Pacific time. We are finishing up the last of the puzzle pieces of the personality temperaments. Just click on “Listen to my weekly podcast.”

Blessings,

Evinda

 

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