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X Is for ‘Xcellent Thoughts

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And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. . . . Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9   We’ve talked a lot about change from the inside out. But what does that really look like? What is God’s role and what is my role? Generally, your role is to cooperate with God, always giving Him permission to work in your life in all areas. There’s little to do but to focus on God (not your actions or attitudes). God won’t think your thoughts for you. You can choose to access your Spirit-controlled mind or you can choose to slide into worldly thinking or the thoughts of your old sinful self. It’s not so much that you’re doing anything to create change, as it is a matter of participating in change by following the...

Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves

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I don’t often publish book reviews of general writing books, but here’s one I read last year so I included the review I posted on Goodreads. It’s not a Christian book by any means, but writing books don’t have to be religious. 🙂 This particular book helps discouraged writers reframe their negative thoughts into positive ones. This helps change momentum, optimism, and ultimately results. I should print the 299 thoughts on toilet paper so I could read them every day! (But the author might not like me saying that!)   Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves by Eric Maisel My rating: 4 of 5 stars As the title sounds, Write Mind a list of negative things writers say to themselves and the positive statements to replace the negative ones. Eric Maisel’s concepts had resonated with me before so I thought this would be helpful and I was right....

Mindscape by Timothy Z. Witmer

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Mindscape What to Think about Instead of Worrying Timothy Z. Witmer 2014 144 pages   Mindscape is the word used by Timothy Z. Witmer to describe the landscape of our minds. Is it a beautiful landscape full of pleasant thoughts or has it become overgrown by the weeds of worry and other negative thoughts? Worry weeds are stubborn. If something isn’t done they can overtake our whole mindscape and impact all that we do. . . . Our worry weeds can begin to take over our minds the way kudzu is taking over parts of the United States. (Timothy Z. Witmer, Mindscape).   The task of changing the landscape of our mind can seem overwhelming if things have gotten out of control, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can excavate the old and re-create a new landscape so we have a beautiful mind—the mind of Christ. It is not just enough to rip out the weeds of your mindscape—because you can be sure...

If You Change Your Words It Will Transform Your Life by Adam Hogue

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If You Change Your Words It Will Transform Your Life Adam Hogue 2015 42 pages   If You Change Your Words It Will Transform Your Life began with a positive message about the power of our words. We can use our words to build up or tear down. We can speak encouraging words to ourselves and others and reap the benefits of the positivity we sow. Or we can speak discouraging words to ourselves and others and reap the consequences of the negativity we sow. This little eBook served as a powerful reminder of the power of our words and the law of sowing and reaping.   The final part of the book was about rebuking others and it seemed contrary to what had already been taught. When someone is going astray, I haven’t found a rebuke to be healing and useful. Rather, I’d suggest that loving words are still the best approach. So I’d have to give this eBook a mixed review for the mixed message it...

My Journey from Gray Skies to Brighter Days

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Many of you know I have bipolar disorder. Half my life has been spent in the darkness of bipolar depression. It’s a miserable place to be, tormented by negative thoughts about life. The Bible describes it this way: “Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery” (Psalm 107:10, NLT). That is such a fitting description of depression: imprisoned in chains of misery, sitting in darkness and gloom. That’s what it feels like. The psalmist goes on to explain why they were in darkness. “They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High. That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them” (Psalm 107:11-12, NLT). They stopped listening to the words of God. There are many “voices” playing in our heads: our own thoughts, God’s thoughts, and thoughts put there by the Accuser. When we stop listening to...