Positive Thinking Challenge Part 1

Positive Thinking

This week I read an article that provided a scriptural basis for positive thinking and I decided to try it in my life. It is my hope that this article blesses you as it has blessed me.

There is power in positive thinking, but not as the world believes in—natural, earthly, and carnal ways of getting our way. The power in positive thinking for the believer is rooted in what we believe about God and His word.

How do believers attain the power of God for positive thinking? Philippians 4:8 gives us a clear direction in how we can think positively:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.

Thought #1) Think on things that are true

“Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful” (John 3:33).

We need to direct our minds to reflect on how God is always truthful and never lies. If He says, “I will never leave you” than we know we’re never alone. If He says, “I make all things work together for your good” than we can take comfort in our trials and tribulations. The power of God in our faith walk is most reflected when we think on the truthfulness of God.

Question to Ponder: How has God revealed truth to you?

Meditate on Psalm 145:18

Thought #2) Think on things that are noble

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica” (Acts 17:11).

The nobility of the Bereans was demonstrated through their diligence in searching the scriptures. A noble mind is open to exploring God’s word rather than clinging to man’s traditions. Believers who think noble thoughts tend to resist the urge of prejudicial thinking about others. The power of God generates an openness and approachable attitude about God’s word.

Question to Ponder: How can I train my mind towards noble thoughts?

Meditate on Colossians 3:2

Thought #3) Think on things that are right

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4).

We live in a world where the line between right and wrong is continually blurred. The word of God never backtracks on what is right. Meditating on God’s word on a regular basis equips a believer to live righteously. The power of God is most evident in believers who stand for what is right even in adversity.

Question to Ponder: How am I challenging myself every day in the meditation, memorization, and application of God’s word?

Meditate on Psalms 1:1-3

Taken from the article: Is there really power in positive thinking? by Crystal McDowell

Challenge yourself to meditate and practice the scriptures above! TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK….

Are You Fulfilling Your Husband?

Are you fulfilling your husband

What does it mean to honor your husband? What could you do  to find out what it means to your husband to receive honor from you? How can you proactively communicate honor to your husband?

I want you to find a day this week that you can carve out only 15 minutes with your husband to ask him the following questions:

What does honor look like for you?

How would you be dishonored by me?

Take this information and become intentional in utilizing it in your marriage. Think of the difference this could make!

Your beauty should come from your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (1Peter 3:4).

 

Be GOOD to yourself

Be good to yourself

This is the last section of the article, “Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself” by Jennifer Pastiloff

3. Be good to yourself. Do things that you inspire you daily.

Make a list. Grab your iPad or your notepad or even your hand and draw up a list of things you can do today to make you feel good.

Keep adding to the list. Forgive yourself if you skip a couple and love yourself no matter how long or short the list is and how much you accomplish on it.

You will not be graded or tested on this list.

My list involves a lot of laughing.  My “Feel Good” list also has: my yoga practice, teaching yoga classes, writing, a long leisurely dinner with friends, having a great glass of wine, staying up all night reading a book I cannot put down, being with kids who have special needs and teaching them yoga, poetry, Modern Family, skyping with my nephews, and the list goes on.

Do something every single day that makes you feel good, whether it is changing your thought patterns or taking a bath while reading a magazine in the tub.

Maybe it’s getting an extra hour of sleep or staying up late and watching Pretty Woman for the 50th time.

Pleasure and joy are highly underrated and beating ourselves, up highly overrated. Flip it! Cultivate the opposite.

One of my main rules as a yoga teacher is that if you fall, you must laugh and take down your neighbor, which cultivates a sense of humor, and hopefully a little joy. You need at least a little joy daily. Sprinkle it on your cereal, slip it in your downward facing dog, add it to your pinot noir.

Accept that you are indeed the source of many wonderful things. If you need help remembering what they are from time to time, keep making your feel good lists. Keep coming back to the love that is inherently yours. It is your birthright. And so it is.

Whatever it takes. Just do it.

A student told me after she returned from my July Ojai retreat that she wanted to live her life every day as if she was still on the retreat. And why shouldn’t she? What a revelation! What a revolution of the mind. 

Be good to yourself. You will train other people to do the same.

And guess what? If they aren’t good to you, you will still have your old standby who is always good to you: YOU. Pretty much what matters most at the end of the day. You being good to you. The rest will follow.

Remember the 90’s En Vogue song, with the lyrics “Free your mind, the rest will follow”?

It will. So get up and dance.

Husbands Are you Unintentionally Harming your Wives?

Husbands are you unintentionally Harming your Wives

1. Fail to notice the difference she makes: Your wife wants you to appreciate who she is and what she does. Whether she makes sure that your clothes are clean or she decorates the house, your wife wants to know that you value her.

2. You cut her out of the discussion: A marriage is a partnership so don’t cut her out just because you don’t think she wouldn’t understand what you’re talking about.

3. Underestimating the small stuff: Words can and do hurt. You cannot talk to your wife like you might talk to a male friend.

4. Speaks with curtness: Do not talk down to your wife. This will bruise her spirit.  Treat her as your equal.

5. Correct her while she is talking: Do not finish her sentences or speak for her in the company of others. This can devalue your wife.

6. Act suspicious: When you hide information, even when you think you are protecting her, you cause your wife to question your motive. Hiding information will hurt hur.

7. Admire other women over her: A wife’s heart is tender. She is your precious gift so treat her well!

 

Information was retrieved from Today Christian

Is it Wrong to Live Together Before Marriage?

Is it wrong to live together before marriageResearch has shown that people who live together before marriage will have a poorer marriage quality. When a relationship is based on immediate sexual gratification then the ability to assess the quality of the relationship is hindered. The American Psychological Association’s Journal of Family Psychology states that couples who wait to have sex until marriage have higher rates of relationship satisfaction, better communication patterns, less consideration of divorce, and better sexual quality. Bottom line, if the commitment isn’t there before sex, what is the likelihood it will develop after sex?