A different life lies a single thought away.
Perception is reality. It doesn't matter what we are doing or what we are facing, the way we are thinking is what establishes our world.
I bit my lip as I wrote those words above. I believe every syllable and they give me hope. But they also confirm that I have a lot of work to do on my heart.
As I read through the book of Psalms I noted that it burst with words of hope and joy. The authors, or Psalmists, do not deny their times of pain and trial, but their faith defines their life as blessed by their God. Blessed. Not cursed or too difficult or unfair. Blessed.
I have a new challenge for myself this week. For seven days (today through Sunday) I am going to concentrate on changing my focus. Because if I can have faith that God's will and plans for me are full of good and love, then I have no reason for fear, for worry, for frustration, for depression, or for defeat. If I believe that every moment is filled with the powerful presence of my God then my view will be pleasing and joyful.
I want a world of joy. Don't we all?
I want a world where I am excited about the mundane. I want a world where the challenges are accepted with faith and not fear. I want a world in which I smile at my troubles knowing that God has never left my side.
I can do this. With God I can change my world.
Life doesn't get easier. Part of me has been waiting for a vacation from the difficulties and fretting that relief never arrives. As I wait I become a victim to the struggle. And yet, victory lies a single thought away.
Last week Micaela saw four different doctors. I was constantly tossed out of my routine and comfort zone. I was angry and exhausted. I clung to the idea that somewhere, at some point, there will be relief and rest, but in the meantime I grew tired of my world. That is normal, we are human after all. But why continue like this if the one thing I have true control of is my thoughts and my thoughts are controlling my world?
I have a feeling it is going to be a beautiful week. Let the change begin.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
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