Finding calm in the midst of the storm.
Have you experienced peace in the midst of a storm? It’s possible. The pain doesn’t go away and your problems haven’t vanished. God promises us peace…a supernatural peace that doesn’t come from the world and the world’s temporary pleasures, but it’s root is grounded in Jesus.
It’s our minds that we need to protect and value. Too often in our younger generation, they lessen the value of what is seen and heard and how it seeps into the soul.
Our minds as a garden.
Winifred Gallagher (author of Rapt) encourages people to live a focused life by treating your mind as you would a private garden and being as careful as possible about what you introduce and allow to grow there.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil. 4:8 ESV)
The harvest of a well-nourished mind can be happiness, calm, freedom, love. Your mind can be like a private sanctuary, a secret garden when it is well nourished. Left alone, to its own demise, weeds that can thwart our lives can overtake and consume.
Things we can do to create a nourishing mindset:
Book of Proverbs
Music that speaks to the soul
When we are picky about the people we allow into our circle of influence, the music and movies and books we enjoy, the spaces and places we hang out, we are designing the mind garden that will nourish not only ourselves but those around us.
Over months and years this small habit of mentally planting and watering blessings will yield a garden of gratitude.
Negativity consumes us as weeds consume a garden.
We need to be aware of weeds in our lives that can grow wild and unmanageable. No one is immune to weeds. It takes constant tending and attention, or the weeds can choke joy out of our lives and consume us.
Pausing the negative string of thoughts help me to refocus and redirect.
Our negative thoughts can spiral down and ruin our day in a matter of seconds. I know. I’m a pro.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)
Two things I do that is helpful to keep me focused and keep me from negativity:
~Create a journal of nourishing thoughts-moments, memories, words, people, actions, quotes, poems, Bible verses-anything positive and inspirational.
~Prayer, speak or write it down. Give it verbally on paper to Him. Ask God to give you a replacement thought-a better, truer story that heals, soothes and lifts you up.
~Keep a daily planner. I write in my planner with not only steps to achieve my purpose, but I write down verses, quotes and suggestions from friends and family. My planner is my scheduler and my journal.
God must have known that if we just “let what happens, happen” in our brains, our default mode will almost always be negative. But we can catch and keep “joy on the wing” by lingering -just a second or two longer-on the things that lift our spirits.~ Becky Johnson
Live intentionally by nourishing positive, Godly thoughts. It doesn’t just happen. Will you join me?
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Notes were taken from “Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep.”~Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph