While my goal is to write posts that everyone can relate to, I am a woman (despite my name..A..man…da. Seriously, y’all oldest joke in the book) so it’s only natural that some of my posts will be more relatable to women. Today is one of those posts. All about our thoughts.
The inspiration from this post came from my experience today. I had to drive to our other office because I left my meter there (diabeetus is such a pain sometimes). On my way, a song came on that I love and in my head I thought, “this would make a great song for a wedding” then that led to “this would make a great song at my wedding” (keep in mind I’m single and no where close to marriage, if there was a board game called wedding and when you landed on square 20 you had a wedding, I’d be on square 1), from there it went to “Hmmm…I wonder if I would wear my hair up or down at my wedding.” DISCLAIMER: If any boys are reading this blog, please do not think I’m crazy and just accept that women do this. If they tell you they don’t do this, they are probably lying to you.
Today’s experience reminded me of how important it is for women to protect our thought life. I’m not saying that we can’t ever think about things that make us happy or things we want to happen in your life. What I am saying is that we have to be very careful about guarding our thoughts. I know in my own life, the more I think about something, the more I become consumed with that thought. Almost 9 times out of 10, I take whatever I’m thinking about and disregard God from that thought. I see that thought as my way or the highway. I begin to ignore what God’s word says about that thought. I start to manipulate my prayers.
Any of you ladies that pray know exactly what I’m talking about. Take this scenario. I love Billy. Billy and I used to date. I think Billy is soooooo cute and he loves God and he has the most beautiful eyes. I start to think about how there still might be a future with Billy. A lot. I let my mind wander to what it would be like to date Billy again. Then I start praying, “God, you know I really love Billy and I want things to work out. I know that you cause all things to work for the good of those who love you and this is good soooo can you work this out God? What happens is we fixate so much on that thought that we ignore the signs that God might be putting in our lives to tell us otherwise. You see what you’re looking for, instead of being opened to what God wants to show and teach you.
So what’s a girl to do then? Trust me, I don’t have all the answers. I struggle with this area. What I have learned is that I have to go on the offensive. Romans 12:2 says, “ Do not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God.” So, what does it mean to renew your mind? I think it means to focus on God’s word and his promises. When I start to dive deep into a thought that I know is only going to lead me down this path, I have a verse from the Bible I start to think about. Right now, I’m dealing with a situation that is very up and the air. So when I start to think about all of the “what ifs” I focus on Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Another thing I do is I visualize handing over to God whatever the subject of my thought is. (At this point if there are any boys that made it this far in the post, you for sure think this joker is crazzzzy).
I would love for this post to be interactive. So if you anyone has any other thoughts, strategies, tips that might help. Please share them. Feel free to e-mail me if you want them to be anonymous and I’ll post them!
Also, since I shared my wedding thought today. I thought it was only appropriate to share a clip from my favorite wedding movie.