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Choose life…

Tonight I found myself singing the same line of a song over…and over…and over…and over. It was like a broken record, stuck on repeat…

I pottered around the house and carried on, slightly bemused at why no other words came…tempted to distract myself with playing music…then I realised, through singing these words over and over I was speaking truth to my own heart! 

Sometimes – in fact always(!) – you have to take responsibility to preach to yourself…to speak truth to yourself…to feed yourself right…to build yourself up…because no one else can do it for you. You can be surrounded by the best people in the world, who feed you well (in all ways) but if you can’t feed yourself…well…you’re in trouble! 

You are your own responsibility…

Your physical health…your emotional health…and your spiritual health are your responsibility…

Feed your stomach…feed your mind…feed your spirit…and feed them well!

It starts in the mind…

  

This has to be one of my all time favourite quotes…probably because it’s an area I’m constantly trying to grow in!

Whatever I’m going through, whatever I’m facing…whatever is thrown at me, I’m reminded that my response and reaction begins in my mind. A lot of who we are as people is shaped on the inside of us. The bible says ‘as a man thinks in his heart, so is he’ (Proverbs 23:7)…and ‘out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ (Luke 6:45). Whatever is in us, will come out! 

I choose to see it like this, the mind is like a garden, and what you plant is what you get out! Every experience, word spoken over us and even our own thoughts are like seeds. They get planted in the garden of our mind. Often trying to render us powerless, to get us to believe we can have no control over how we think and feel.

In those moments we choose what we dwell on…effectively choosing what we water and give life to. Things can only grow and thrive when they are fed and watered! 

You might say ‘ what about the things that other people do and say to me’…

You can choose what you dwell on…you can choose what to feed…you can choose what to starve.

A starved seed won’t grow…A well watered one will!

Every time you give attention and come into agreement with a thought, you water it, you give life to it, you encourage it to grow…you determine what will be ‘grown’ in your mind. What you allow to be planted and fed, is what you will get out. You can’t plant stinging nettles and expect tulips to grow! 

 It takes choice and it takes effort, a conscious decision, to take control of what we allow ourselves to believe and come into agreement with. We must ‘capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ!’ (2 Corinthians 10:5) … Listen to the GOOD things, focus on the right thoughts, surround yourself with people who build you up and speak truth, get the truth of God word and speak it over yourself!

This verse from Philippians 4:8 seems good to end on:

 

 

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