Some folks have times that while they are driving, their mind is going what seems like 100 miles an hour. So, they may turn their music up LOUD, because said thoughts refuse to slow down. For me, louder music is an “attempt” to drown it all out.
Did you know that you CAN control your thoughts?
Sometimes, you really don’t want to think about what your mind is wanting you to think about.
What about when it’s time for bed, and you’re all snuggly under the covers, but as soon as your head hits that pillow…
Your brain is going 90 to nothing!
Irritatingly reminding you of the things you didn’t get done that day, OR things you need to get done tomorrow?
Turning my music up isn’t the only way I try to quiet my brain.
(Sometimes I sit and watch make up tutorials on YouTube for hours and not even think about anything.)
But then l I realize that it is four hours later, so I either need to go to bed or get up off of the couch and do some work.
Either that, or my husband is calling me on my cell phone because I don’t hear him yelling from across the house for me to bring him some Malt-O-Meal and coffee!
Right now, for example, it’s 1am and I’m doing my best to get this typed…
However… there is a sweet potato pie sitting next to me on the table and it’s calling my name.
It turns out, “drowning out my thoughts” isn’t really the answer-CONTROLLING my thoughts is.
It has been years of me learning and practicing how to do this.
And, honestly, there are still days where I really have to work at it.
It is especially difficult to control my thoughts (or not be anxious) when I am tired and growing weary. My mind gets lazy and says,”Nope! Let’s wander down THIS thought path!” YIKES.
In 2011, I had what was apparently called an “acute stress reaction”.
(For anyone that has ever gone through that please know that my heart breaks for you!)
Aside from what is going on currently going on in my life, THAT time is one of the scariest seasons ever.
My brain was literally,” OK…I am done with everything you have going on and can’t handle anything anymore and you need to STOP and SLOW DOWN.”
However, this is how I discovered what the Bible says about our thoughts, and controlling them. I have journals and notebooks everywhere where I write down any scripture that I can focus on.
I was desperate to read and absorb anything that would help me with my mind and my thoughts. There is no switch to “turn this off”.
It was a constant battlefield EVERYDAY.
My little pink Bible is worn out and marked up all throughout the pages, because scriptures suddenly have new meanings to me.
One of my favorites that I still cling to today is found in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)…
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
I like the NIV translation, too…
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT to make it obedient to Christ.” (Emphasis mine)
YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS.
Think about WHAT IT IS that you’re thinking about!
Pray over yourself daily…put on the full armor of God! (See Ephesians 6:10-17)
Colossians 3:2 tell us to “set our mind on things above…”
In Psalm 139:23 we can read where David cried out to the Lord saying, “Search me O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
Where are your thoughts COMING FROM? What or whom are you allowing to influence you?
Do they honor the Lord?
Are your thoughts hurting you or helping you?
What about this…do you want your thoughts scrolling across your forehead for all the world to see?
Nevertheless, our thoughts control our attitude. They control how we feel, the words that come out of our mouth, our actions and even reactions.
Do you find yourself thinking about something that makes you angry and then your attitude just goes down hill?
Or what about this…WHO are you allowing to speak into your life because THEIR WORDS can resonate in our hearts and minds, and we begin to dwell on whatever was said.
We all know the old saying, “Think before you speak.”
Maybe we should begin to “Think before we think…”