This season has found me only making a handful of posts this year as it has been hard to just get through my days. Hard to breathe. Hard to put one foot in front of the other. Hard to think.
Which brings me to today's post...what is it that I am allowing myself to think on? God's word tells us in Philippians 4:8 that we need to think on the following:
Unfortunately, this world we have live in is often far from true, noble, honest, just, or pure. While it is sometimes lovely, it could be said it is rarely commendable...we hardly ever hear about excellent things and thinking about what is worthy of praise becomes a difficult task indeed! Even more so when you are walking through a valley...it is hard to see the light through the shadows of darkness that seem to envelope you.
What I have found this year though is that it is absolutely necessary to realign my thinking if I am to realign my life. When I allow myself to remain in the negative thought process than life truly becomes overwhelming. It is a bit of an Eeyore mentality...take a look here if you are not sure what I mean...Life as an Eeyore
Can you relate? I'll be honest...I can! I have felt that "Woe is me" feeling. Even when I know others have it far worse than me...even when I know in my heart God is in control...in my humanity, I am still prone to throw a pity party. To get down in the dumps. Call it what you will...the root of it many times is a wrong thought process.
Whatever you allow in your thoughts is what you will feel in your heart, your soul. When I got this into my way of thinking then I was better able to implement the beauty of Philippians 4:8 and find positive things to dwell on instead of the dark negativity I had let reside too long. Mind you my circumstances have not necessarily changed. I am still walking through a season that I wish I could shake off. Yet, I am working each day to think on things that are praiseworthy...that call to mind God's goodness, greatness, and grace.
Exchanging the negative for the positive is changing me from the inside out. It is putting joy and hope in my heart even on days when I have every reason to curl up in the corner and cry. It is reminding me that because He overcame, I will too. It is allowing me to rest in His strength instead of trying to rely on my feeble efforts.
Some days I still find it hard to breathe. I have a hard time making it from dawn to dusk. But now I have thoughts I can pull from that raise me up, instead of dragging me down further. Thoughts that remind me there is always something better to dwell on than my circumstances and situation. Always something to be thankful for. There will be beauty from ashes...don't be an Eeyore...find some happy thoughts to root out that negativity!