TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR MIND
We don’t often give much thought to it, but our minds are so powerful. The thoughts we think about ourselves, the world we live in, and what we allow into our minds (good and bad) all have a direct correlation to how we live our lives.
Lately my mind has felt clogged up, and the “mind chatter” has been endless. I have found myself in a weird rut with little motivation, little energy and almost no strings to hold onto.
I have felt a little numb and stuck.
We are responsible for how well we keep our minds, and at times though it may seem like a daunting task, God’s instruction, assurance and encouragement to us is for our benefit.
It took me a little while, but I finally came to the realisation that I hadn’t been stewarding and gate keeping my mind very well. A little idleness here, a little distraction there, and before I knew it, I was growing a little numb to not only spiritual things, but life itself! I wasn’t my usual self – no motivation and no zeal for anything!
I knew that the habits that I was cultivating were not benefitting me.
Around that time a sweet friend happened to text me out of the blue saying: “ you’ve come to mind a lot recently. Keep connected to the True Vine. He is faithful”. It was just what I needed to hear, and the dam that was blocking my flow instantly cracked, and out came gushing everything that I had been slowly building up within the reservoir of my heart and mind.
Thank God. Thank God for godly friends. They are true treasures.
God is so gracious.
Even when we trip, stumble or fall, He always, always has a way of bringing us back on course with Himself.
I started to think about my mind and what I was allowing in, or not allowing in, and pulled up some scriptures and just 4 points that were quite pertinent for me. Here are a few things that I have learnt from my experience. I hope this be an encouragement to you if you are currently in this place.
Stay mentally active and (mentally) eat well
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Eating anything unhealthy? Perhaps it may be time for you to consider going on a spiritual diet/detox, and review all the things that you are currently letting into your mind.
We can get into the unhealthy habit of consuming a lot of mental junk food. And just like normal food, it may be appealing to the eye and taste buds, but provides no nutritional value to us. We have to do the work to ensure that even in the midst of the noise, we are intentionally choosing to keep our minds on the honourable and worthy things.
Make time for spiritual growth
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
It’s far too easy to be so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we neglect our spiritual growth. Taking time for spiritual care is important and the Bible encourages us to remain rooted in Christ so that our lives may be built up in Him.
No matter how busy I get with my home, my work, and my relationships, it’s important to take the time to pull away with my Love and that is just the thing that I neglected. Just like anything that grows, there must be constant cultivation, and I must constantly remind myself that I have to be “present” in my relationship with Christ. You can do this too. Whether it is to book a spa day for yourself where you spend some time alone with God, (and throw in a treatment or two) go for a coffee with Jesus and spend some time journaling and reading, or just spend an evening indoors meditating on the Word, praying or listening to a sermon or worship music, it doesn’t matter, just make sure to make time for you and God.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Ah, in our day and age idleness is all too easy. With all the apps to browse through, and shows to watch, it’s so easy to be distracted and consumed by… nothing, frittering our time away with things that ultimately detract rather than add value to our lives. The Bible tells us that when we keep our minds on Christ, we live in perfect peace, which means that a mind that doesn’t rest in Him, is open to other destructive things coming in.
From time to time, I notice a craving for something not necessarily nourishing or edifying- but just somethingto fill my time with. Some social media here and there, a film here are there, a youtube video here and there is harmless until we begin to crave it because it has permeated every inch of us, and like an addictive drug without it we feel a sense of emptiness. Time all of a sudden seems to run so slowly, and our lives appear to be uninteresting- as though we are missing out on something.
There is an insatiable appetite to want to know what is happening with people at every single waking moment of the day. I cannot count how many times I pick up my phone to check a social media status or to browse as a way of filling small pockets of time during my day.
God has called us to be set apart onto himself. To be women who have lifted our gaze expectantly, eagerly and lovingly toward heaven and our bridegroom, where our hearts are embracing what God has for us and our love for Christ is growing stronger with each day. Where grace is passionately burning within us – compelling us to move ever closer to him. What have you set your sight and your heart on?
Be emotionally aware, and be aware of the adversary
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
Such a powerful reminder that we do have a real enemy who wants to see us fall and not get back up. We must be strong in our minds to combat the lies of the enemy, and we can only do this when we keep our eyes on Jesus. He strengthens us through the knowledge of His Word to overcome whatever the devil may throw at us.
I am certainly always a work in progress girl, and I thank the Lord for his work!
What are some of the ways that you take care of your mind?
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