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.

 

Some of The Best Marriage Advice Ever

I’m about to give you some great marriage advice and best of all, it’s free.  No, I’m not a marriage counselor or guru, so what qualifies me?  Well, I’m married and have been for almost 20 long years.  Now, I’m sure there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of books on the subject of how to save your marriage or how to have a great marriage.  I can’t wrap my mind around how one would even have enough words to fill hundreds of pages on this subject.

So, are you ready for the great magical advice?

Are you sure you can handle the awesomeness of what I’m about to tell you?

Ok, then, here it is.  Think nice things about your spouse! Yup, that’s it.

Here’s how it works.  The majority of relationships fall apart because you let all kinds of things you don’t like about that person add up and all you think about is how he/she is a worthless booboo head who doesn’t do anything right.  And you think about it, and think about it, and think about until it’s hard to even be nice to this person that you promised to love, honor and cherish.

Why did you like this person to begin with?  What made you fall in love?  And don’t be so pig headed that you would sit there and say, “well I never really loved her/him…” That too is wrong thinking.  That is just a lie you tell yourself.

I’m telling you it is not always easy, but it can get easier.  I wake up everyday and, on purpose, think about something I love about my husband.  I even do it if I think he is being a jerk. Why? Because sometimes I’m a jerk too!  Nobody is perfect and the next person wouldn’t be either.

To me, the classic “We’ve grown apart and we just aren’t in love anymore” equals I’m thinking about how my life might be better without this person, and I’m forgetting all the good times we’ve shared.  It’s your thinking.  Think about it!

If you want lasting love, it can be as easy as what you are thinking about.  All through the day, think good things about your spouse, even when you’re not feeling like it or you two are in a fight.  Can this heal a marriage overnight? Maybe not, but it’s a start and it’s better than the current thinking that is going on if you think that you are fed up with your spouse.

Want to try an experiment? Think about the most awful fight or event that hurt you? How do you feel?  Then think about telling the story of how the two of you met or some wonderful time that you shared.  How does that make you feel?   That should show you how your thoughts can absolutely control your feelings.

If that is all too much, here’s the recap: Think nice things about your spouse! Yup, that’s it.

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