5-Step Plan to Godly Thinking

Thank you Kelly Balarie for today’s message….

Some days, it feels like a woman’s work is never done.

These words coursed through my mind as I swung left and right around the kitchen tossing dishes into the dishwasher, removing food stains from the floor and shoving ketchup into the open nook in the side fridge door. I exhaled. I’m nearly there – nearly to the moment I fall back and put my feet up.

Trash still lined the counters: a paper towel by the sink, a wrapper by the coffee maker and an old straw that was nearly too grimy to pick up. I surveyed it all. I considered what to grab first and how to do it most efficiently. I had a plan! The kitchen would sparkle.

Yet, somewhere between laying hands on the grimy straw and the half-used paper towel a thought hit me: Why don’t I survey my mind the same way I do my counters?

God says “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.” (Phil. 4:8)

Do I think this way? Do you?

The power of thinking is much like the process of cleaning.

We must:

1. Identify the dirty stuff. We must look for anything that does not belong in the temple of God. We must recognize our stuff.

Gossip, negative thinking, complaining, nit-picking, and judgement don’t belong in a shiny bright, glory-filled temple of God. Take notice of them.

2. Decide it must go. Pick up on what doesn’t belong and make a decision to do things differently. Head that very thought towards the trash can. Be done with it!

You do this by telling yourself: This thought is not helping me, but hurting me. When I fill my mind with the what is not good, I miss the goodness of God.

3. Replace what was missing. When we clean, we usually remove stuff from the counters first, so can wipe the whole surface. But, after we’ve cleaned, we replace items. We put back the vase, the coffee maker and the pot.

TIP: Put the P.L.A.N.T. back in location.

Simply, think a good thought as it relates to these letters (see sample below):

Pure: God loves me.

Lovely: God has a sweet moment for me after I’m done with this counter.

Admirable: I feel good I didn’t put this cleaning off until tomorrow.

Noble: The King of Kings sees my work.

True and Right: I have a family that loves me.

Will this process work perfectly every time? No way. What does? We live on earth, after all. Mean thoughts, annoyed words or debilitating self-proclamations still sneak in on occasion, but be encouraged, the more you clean and survey your mind, the more it comes alive to joy and contentment.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Unlock the Cage

Bird cage w-butterflies

Lately when my morning devotions arrive, they seem to be focused on the same thing – changing my thought process.  I am beginning to feel like the baseball bat is being swung and I keep missing the ball (or the point).  So in an effort to get my attention, God keeps repeating the message in a variety of different ways.

I participated in a Virtual Planning Boot Camp this week with about 100 other women courtesy of Britt Bolnick.  I was amazed to find that I am not alone in my thought process.  On the outside, all of these women are successful in their business but are still feeling stuck and unable to plan.  Their fears and negative thoughts are keeping them stuck – just like me.  During the week long journey, Britt helped us to deal with our inner voices – the negative ones, learn from them so that we could move on. I so wish she lived closer so we could go for coffee once in awhile.  I think she is the kick in the butt that I need to keep me on track.

The truth that rang out for all of us was that we need to change our way of thinking.  We need to “unlock the cage” that keeps the positive thoughts locked away and blocking us from moving forward.  How is that some women are so confident and able to glide effortless forward in their business and personal lives?  Then there are those of us who struggle with negative thinking and get stuck, why?  The truth is that all of us have negative thinking at one time or another, the way we handle it or re-route them is different in each of us.  I love this suggestion:

When we’re down, sad or hopeless, let’s take inventory of our thoughts. When we find ourselves jumping to conclusions, doling out guilt trips on others or replaying arguments in our mind, let’s consciously change our thinking. When I get in a funk, often it’s because I’ve focused too much on what’s bad. The apostle Paul advises us in our key verse, Philippians 4:8, to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

The next time you’re fighting negative thoughts, “unlock your cage” of positive thoughts by remembering you are a child of God. Take the negative thoughts and LOCK them away while you replace them with the positive – God’s holy word.   When we align our thoughts with God’s, His peace, which passes all understanding, will keep our hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!