A Mindful Perception

The mind is such a powerful source. Training our mind to stay aligned with hope and faith is challenging, but rewarding. Intricately weaving the delicacy of honoring our thoughts and feelings in hard moments is necessary; however, not becoming complacent is a process that requires a relationship with God. Our mind cannot stand alone without understanding that our thoughts have power. Living through disappointment, grief, trauma, and negativity can cause a ripple effect in our mind. When we start to dwell on one hardship, we eventually find ourselves going down the hole of endless thoughts of all the problems that are before us. We now are questioning everything with doubtful hearts and minds. Trying to find the balance between our expectations and what God knows is difficult; learning to become aware of our mind can bring us a new perception of our thoughts.

Your mind has the potential to pull you in closer with God or further away. Your mind is extremely logical. If you do not have a sense of awareness about the logic your mind displays, then you can become easily deceived. When you look at your situation and become discouraged by what you see, then you have let your mind be in control. We walk by faith and not by sight. Your mind will try to talk you out of God’s promises because of logic. Your mind will tell you that it is not possible for that healing, breakthrough or success because of your surroundings. Nevertheless, we know that with God all things are possible. We can let our minds become the anchor of what is to come. It is a powerful thing—but God is more powerful than your thoughts. Be mindful each and every second with what you allow into your thoughts. We become what we think. If you have given yourself the title of victim or worthless, then that is what your mind has now processed as truth. If your mind says you are victorious and fruitful, then that is what you are actualizing in your life.

There are many ways that we help shape our mindset in those tedious moments. Be mindful of your prayers. Remind yourself of what you just prayed about. There was power in that moment when you spoke those words, so why should that same power not be with you later in your thoughts? Surround yourself with people that can constantly encourage and uplift you in those moments of doubt and confusion. Having someone to help speak life in you is an essential part of training your mindset. You have to know that we are human and we will struggle with mistrust and doubt at many times. In those moments, seek God. His clarity will find you in the loneliest of times. His arms will wrap around you in your longest cries. Determine that your mind cannot stay outside of the will of God. He has given us a sound mind. Use it for your good. There is power in our thoughts; you have to decide how you want to form your mind’s reaction to life around you.

“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.” -Philippians 4:8

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” -Colossians 3:2

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you.” -Isaiah 26:3

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