Good Morning God

How do you start your day?  I don’t mean like the order in which you get ready like having coffee and then I shower; I mean like what are the thoughts you start your day with?

I have always thought of myself as a person with faith and a positive attitude.  Then this past Christmas I received as a gift Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of The Mind.   I have read the book three times because it was that good and because it brought my attention to the thoughts that I had actually been thinking from first thing in the morning, all the way through they day, until the last thoughts on my mind before bed.  I honestly never realized all the negative thoughts that I entertained.

No matter how small a negative thought is, it is still a seed being planted and amazingly enough these thoughts can grow as quick as weeds.  Let me give you a small example.  Let’s say you get up and you’d asked your spouse or children to take out the garbage the night before.  You go to the kitchen to pour a cup of coffee and there sits the trash.  And there begins the “They never do what I ask.”  You’ll find from there the negative thoughts can snowball… you might begin thinking about last week and what a person didn’t do and what they “never” do.  And pretty soon you have a laundry list of complaints.  (On a side note I believe these things can lead to problems in an otherwise good marriage.)

The most important thing the book taught me was to get control of my thoughts, let them pass, cancel them out and begin right away to turn my attention to healthier happier thoughts.   Thoughts of peace, love, and gratitude.

I wish I could sum up better what a wonderful book Battlefield of The Mind is but I think it’s something to experience for yourself if you are looking to improve your thinking and change your life for the better. It is full of stories where Joyce tells of things she did and thought, things that most of us would be embarrassed to admit and she puts it out there for you so that you don’t have to be miserable in your thinking and in your life.

Start with Good Morning God.  Find a good scripture or affirmation that you can say in the morning, find some for throughout the day, for bedtime and most importantly find some that will turn your attention when the negative thoughts begin.   It’s not easy to monitor your thinking but I think you will be impressed with how your life will be when you do.  God has promises for us to be prosperous in my mind, body and spirit.  It’s up to us to receive it.


The Overton Window by Glenn Beck – Book Review

I just finished reading The Overton Window by Glenn Beck.  Yes, I realize the book is not new on the market and that it’s been out for awhile now, but I don’t often get the chance to read for pleasure.  I had it on my list but, sorry Glenn, I read the Hunger Games Trilogy first.  On that note, if you liked The Hunger Games with all the government secrets and the love story, then I believe you would enjoy The Overton Window.

The first thing I would tell you about The Overton Window is that there is not a dull chapter in the book!  There was no lull where you just knew you had to read through to get to the next good part. It’s all good and all thrilling.  It’s the sort of book that every now and then you catch yourself holding your breath in suspense.

The book is set in today’s current state of political goings on in America.  That said, the book doesn’t take sides of left or right. If there are teams to be perceived in the book, it’s more of big government vs. We The People.  The Overton Window is a fictional piece of work woven with actual historical events.  One of the most interesting facts that was mentioned, that some may have forgotten, was when Donald Rumsfeld announced on September 10, 2001 that the U.S. government couldn’t account for 2.3 trillion dollars, something that was quickly forgotten the next day when our world changed forever in the 9/11 attacks.

The main character is Noah Gardner, a son of an extremely wealthy man who owns a PR firm that deals primarily with government issues and politicians.  Noah is the sort of guy who has breezed through life on his father’s dime.  He’s smart, he’s handsome and he is about to have the adventure of his life when he meets Molly Ross, a political activist.  Their story alone is one of love, betrayal, and danger.

Enter Agent Kearns, an aging FBI agent, who is undercover working with a domestic terrorist group that threatens to rock the U.S. just as it had been on September 11th or worse.  As other characters are introduced you’ll wonder who is to be trusted. A story that was a page turner to begin with now makes you wish you were a speed reader.

The undertone I gathered is, all of this may be going on as everyday Americans just go on living their lives oblivious to the inner workings of those who seek to destroy and those who seek to preserve our country. If government secrets and conspiracy theories intrigue you, The Overton Window is a book for you.


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