New Year’s Resolution Thinking

New Year's Resolution

I love New Year’s Resolutions.  Do I keep them? Well, maybe. Kind of.

This year when I was searching for 2016’s Resolutions, I discovered something terrible–

I make the same New Year’s Resolutions.  Every year.  And I never keep them because they go outta sight, outta mind, around February 1st.

I write them in different notebooks every year, in a rush to get them down and set.  Then I set that very same notebook down and can’t find it/remember where it is/ lose it.  Ack.  I am a mostly organized person so this drives me crazy.

One year I talked a friend into doing this Setting Goals System on Steroids curriculum.  Not the real name…will protect that company.  We ordered our pages and set our goals after hours of pinning interest boards and listing our good, bad and ugly to prepare for the monthly inventory.  This notebook was intense.  It had each week of the month sectioned off into tiny little squares where you had to put an X if you had completed that days specific goals.  So really 5 x 5 Xs.  Oh, my.  I gave up after about a month. I just couldn’t keep up.

Now I appreciate what she was trying to do. You have to review your goals.  They need to be measurable, etc.  And you have to basically remember from day to day what those goals are.

Ha.  I realized on Dec 24th this past year that I can’t even remember what my Word was for 2016.  Then my sweet daughter-in-law pointed out my cute chalkboard with the word WRITE on it.  “Isn’t that your word, Leslie?”, she gently asks.

“Oh, yes, I think it is,” as I hang my head in shame because it was sitting right there at my sink.  All Year.

Remembering is important when you are trying to keep a goal. Pretty basic.  So how do you remember?  I think one way is write it down.  In a book that you keep all those type things in. And then maybe you write it down in your To-Do list every day.  And maybe you tell people, because maybe they will remember and keep you accountable.  That is what I am counting on for 2017.

Having Time to do your new goal is also super important! I realized that I don’t carve out time to do my goals.  I write the same goal down and then don’t adjust my schedule to help me keep that goal. For example, I noticed in December when I started this process I found several notebooks.  Each notebook represented a year of goals and I saw that I wrote down “Read More” each year.

But did I actually read more? Well kind of, but not like I would have liked to.  I realized that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is also the definition of insanity. I know that I am not insane.  But obviously in this area, I am insane.

So in 2017 I have been working on this goal setting a little differently.  I decided that I needed to actually  schedule a time each day to read.  It was going to take a little work on my part.

I like to read at night.

I like to go to bed at the same time each night. We decided 10:00 pm was a good time to turn out the lights.

It takes me about 20 min to get ready for bed.

I realized I just puttered around each night up until said bedtime and then rushed to get into bed, but then there would be no time to read.  SO- A lightbulb flashed, and I came up with this brilliant idea.

I would start getting ready for bed at 9:00 pm.  Everything would stop at 9:00, no matter what I was working on, and I would get ready for bed.  Then I would have 30–40 minutes each night to read and also accomplish 10:00 pm lights out.

Brilliant!

And guess what? It is working!

Some nights it is super hard to not do one more thing- one more email.  One more text or check on something or throw something in the laundry or do one more to-do because you know, “it won’t take long.”

Now I put it all down because I have a SURSEE waiting.  30-40 minutes to READ.  Yippeeeeeeee!

But, it is work. It takes saying no. Now you might be thinking, hello? That is not that hard to figure out, but for me?  Well, it was a little hard.  The idea that I had to say no to somethings, to say yes to, reading, that was a hard concept.  I think I can keep packing the stuff in on top of other stuff and get it all done.  But my end of the year realization was, I had spent another year trying this stacking and packing, and it didn’t accomplish my reading goal.

This year is different.  I am getting ready for bed a little earlier and letting somethings go at night.  And I finished my first book of 2017 two nights ago.

What about you?  What New Year’s resolutions are you making and what are you letting go of or changing in order to accomplish your goals? Do tell.

#RestandReceive is also going well.  I am practicing resting in His word and His truth and receiving so much goodness. This “Read More” goal is also a subset of the Rest and Receive.  I have a few more resolutions that I will spill out over the next few weeks.  Sursees Galore. Plus I will share with you some of the books that I am enjoying as a result of carving out time.  Cheers to you whether you make goals or not.

xo

Saturday Sursee :: Hide your Laptop in a Padded Envelope

Hey friends,

Check this out.  Here is a great way to carry your laptop around and hide it from spying eyes.  computer-cover

My friend is using a really fun graphic padded envelope from Target to carry her laptop to work.  Shhhh. Don’t tell.

Now when she leaves her computer on a desk or it is sitting in the front seat of her cute little car, no one knows that it is a computer.  It is perfectly camouflaged.

The double Sursee of this idea is that when the envelope gets old, she uses it to mail something.

Super easy Sursee- a two-fer.  You are welcome.

 

3 Things I Learned at Weddings this Summer

Wedding sursees

Summer is for brides and weddings, and I have been learning a thing or two at the ones I have attended this summer.  Indoors and outdoors, Texas and Alabama, big cities and small towns.  Hot nights, dancing on the dance floor, frothy white dresses with lace and sparkles and sage-green chiffon, like Grecian gowns flowing in the southern breeze- all memories of joy and celebration and a few new things to noodle.

Recently I had a vision of why God uses a wedding to begin and end the Bible.  We were seated in a field in Alabama, down the hill from a barn, with our paper fans trying to get a smudge of air to blow on our necks.   The attendants and moms and grandma had all made their way down to the front with the groom standing still with his attendants.  As the violin started playing Be Thou My Vision, the double doors of the barn slid open and there she stood with her dad, the beautiful bride, a vision of sweetness and purity and joy.  Absolute joy!  My breath caught and I teared up as the holiness of the moment grabbed me, and I wanted to worship.  The  vision was so beautiful,  so absolutely pure and holy;  I had a small taste of what it is going to be like when Jesus comes for His church and the wedding celebration begins. Wow!

As she gracefully walked down the hill with her daddy, I turned to see the groom who was also overtaken by the beauty of his bride and the serious holiness of the moment.  I was overtaken with joy and happiness for this precious couple.  What a moment.  It is etched on my eyeballs and on my soul.  A beautiful picture of things to come for us as believers.  . Worship. Celebrate.

Next up I heard a charge.  I sat in a wedding venue out in the country and watched the beautiful bride, giddy with delight, almost run down the aisle in her frothy confection of a dress to her sweetie who was about to bust open with a  big ‘ole smile. Again my heart was so full of joy!  Young love.  The sun was setting, bringing a golden haze to the room and the faces, and the pastor called on all the bridesmaids and groomsmen to take a charge.

“You are not just pretty decoration for this bride and groom, you have something to do.”

The pastor reminded the attendants that they had a job to do that extended forward into the future for their friends.  A very special charge to hold that darling couple, their friends or sibling, accountable to the love they were pledging that day.  To do all they could in their power to help that marriage and not harm it.

It was sobering to me. How many weddings had I been in?  I lost count a long time ago.  I began to think of the weddings I have stood up in and I wondered how I could reach out to those couples today to say,

“I am here. I am willing to hold you to the vow you made. I am here in sickness and in health.”

We need each other- the community of believers- to help us through this thing we call life and marriage.   How can I reach out over miles and in real life to remind couples that I am here and that their marriage matters to a watching world?  Good things to ponder.

So in these weddings I have attended, I have had a vision and a charge.  The last thing I have learned is the importance of marking the wedding with a Celebration.

At the end of one wedding ceremony, the pastor invited us all to join the family for the wedding feast and celebration.  Yes, sign me up.  Celebrating to me includes feasting and  dancing. We are talking about the life-giving, hands in the air, feel the beat dancing.  And the best thing is, everyone can do this kind of dancing.  No special skills needed.  I think there is going to be loads of dancing and singing in Heaven and we should all dance a little more here.  You?

A vision of things to come as seen in a beautiful bride on a hot summer night, a charge to love those in community with us and a reminder that we all need to celebrate and dance a little more.  Perfect ways to end this month and go into the last days of summer.  Oh, and I have one more wedding in August.  Can’t wait!  What Sursees are waiting there?  I’ll be looking, will you?

 

Two Words that Help any Conversation

be curious

In our society today, we are not very civil in our conversations.  If I have a different idea or opinion from you, I shudder to express it.  We struggle listening and hearing what the other is saying.

A friend shared with me the other day what another friend shared with her about how to handle a difficult conversation using two words.

Now you don’t actually use these words, you think them in your head.   When someone is dumping their diatribe on you or expressing an opinion that might not match yours you think:

BE CURIOUS

What,  you might ask, do I mean?   When you are in a conversation, I want you to remember to BE CURIOUS.  When I am curious or even say, “Tell me more about that”, my face doesn’t look shocked or anguished or mad-mad.  Instead I have an open, questioning, friendly look on my face.

When we are curious, we are open to listening and finding out more.  We aren’t usually trying to think of what we are going to say to rebut the argument or thought.

When we are curious, our faces say, tell me more.  We think of questions to ask and we lean into the conversation.

I am trying this now when I get into a difficult conversation where I might not agree or where I don’t know what to say.

I think, Be Curious, Leslie.

I think just those two words make all the difference in how I listen and respond.

I also see how this could help when talking to our kids.

Be Curious, Mom.  Be Curious, Dad.  

Your teenager has all kinds of ideas in his head  and when we have the look of curiosity on our face, I think more words will be spoken and conversations will happen.  The mantra, Be Curious helps me to listen well.

So where can you be curious today?  With whom do you need to adopt a look of curiosity on your face and remind yourself in your head to

Be Curious.

Do tell.

 

 

 

One way to to Tackle your Fears- Get a Makeover

makeup gals

I just noticed that I look like I have long hair as Crystal’s long tresses are colored like mine! Ha Ha!

 

Ok, raise your hand if you get a little nervous when you walk by the make-up counter…

I always think I am the only one in the room who is not quite sure how to put on the shadow or line the lid.  But, I think, I am not alone.  I have now been twice to Sephora to do a little mini-eye makeover.  Once with my daughter-in-law and once with a friend.  It was super fun and a great way to tackle a little fear minion in me.

The gals at the store are super friendly and approachable and are great teachers.  Our teacher let us try the products, answered the million questions asked and even wrote down how she did it for me so I could go back over the notes later.  I know a little nerdy, but the first time, after I got home, slept and woke up, I had forgotten everything!  This second time around I came home prepared with my handy notes.

How does this help me tackle my fears?  Well, I see how fearful I get with makeup, I see how that bleeds into other areas- this lack of confidence.  The doubts and fears of an unsure spirit spill over into all areas.

At the makeup counter, I gained courage with each swish  of color and realized I am not the only one who doesn’t know how to tightline or use the brushy brush.  Just like in other areas…I am not the only one who doesn’t understand or know.  It’s ok not to know and to ask for help.

Something I struggle with is making mistakes. I learned that a  little makeup remover around the edges of my eyes cleans those mistakes up and I am good to go.  Or I make another stab at the lid with the lighter color and it is solved.  Just like in life.

I make mistakes or don’t really know what I am doing sometimes. I am reaching out to try new things and find it a little scary.  I make the mistake and  I offer my confession, receive God’s grace, and I am good to go.

When I swish on the color in life and make a little mistake, the Lord is there to clean up the messy edges.  He is ok with that. He knows the color is going to go on a little too strong sometimes. He is patient and a loving teacher.  Ahhhh.  Grace.  Love it.  Making the choice to go in and do the makeover has given me a little more oomph for the next time I face something I fear. I know that sounds silly, but it is true.I also love my new look!  What is your favorite place to learn new makeup tricks?  Or better, when was the last time you popped in for a makeover? Might be time to face those fears and try a new look.  No Fear.

xoxo

12 Sursees I Discovered When I Visited a Friend

I love traveling and visiting friends in other places. It helps me to stay fresh. It mixes things up for me and helps me think new thoughts and it just plain encourages me.  Oh, the Sursees I See!

I get new recipes.

New decorating tricks.

New ways to think about Jesus.

But, the best part of visiting a friend is the after, when I get home, and I put into practice some of the hospitality tricks I learned, or try the decorating tips I saw, or I  just take a different spin in my day.

My other favoritest thing is now, when I picture my friend in her home, I can really see her in my mind.  I see her  standing at her kitchen sink, and now I know what that looks like.  Or I see her in my mind, sitting down at her dining room table reading her scripture with her big, white mug full of her morning coffee.

Ter and Les

I recently visited my friend, Terri.  I have known her since college days.  She remembers me asking her after a YL meeting to sit down on a bench on the UT campus and tell me her whole life story.  I remember thinking I wanted to get to know that gal with the red hair.  I saw something in her that I wanted to know and know.  She did not disappoint.  We are coming up on 34+ years of friendship with some ebb and flow in there when we had our kids and were so, so busy.  There is still much to know.

I thought of you reader when I was out there. I thought, I need photos of all the goodies in this gal’s home to share with my readers.  So here is a tour of my weekend.  Here are the SURSEES  I found to delight you.

New recipes and ways to eat

roasted veggies

She roasted veggies for our dinner, and I loved the combo she used.

Red Onion + Green Beans + Sliced Mushrooms + Asparagus + Olive Oil + S&P

Bake at 375 till the veggies look good and done in a roasting pan.  Around 20 minutes.  Yummy.  Easy.

Pretty Dish Below A Soap Dispenser

Soap dish and soap

 

She had cool soap dispensers in the bathrooms with little dishes under them.  I am putting fun soap on my list. She also had some of her soap in an old mason jars with the pump top you can find at Target.  Making something useful beautiful = Sursee time.

Glass Canisters to Show Off What I am Storing

glass canisters

I love that my sugar packets or granola bars can become a decorating item.  I love the way it looks and how it helps keep things tidy.

Little Pitchers Collected and Displayed and Really Used

white pitcher collection

Terri collect these and also really uses them. She sets out a pitcher each night when she closes up her kitchen and then fills it in the morning with her Half and Half.  Love that little Sursee.

Little creamer

She also writes beautifully and she named her blog after these White Pitchers…go check her out .  You will love her writing style and the things she thinks and writes about; they are a feast for the eyes and the soul.

Loving Cups

loving cup collection

Yes.  Loving these.  All by themselves.  Loads of stories in these.  I also have a friend who uses her Loving Cup to store silverware on her buffet line.  Brilliant.

Small cloche with a scene

cloche

Terri had several of these, but this was my favorite.  Sitting on a little shelf in the bathroom.  Nice.

Porch swing with a twist

porch swing

I sat on this extra deep swing and chatted with Terri on a beautiful April afternoon.  Heaven.  Want one.  I guess I need a covered porch first.

 

Urns on a silver tray

urns

I love how Terri displayed the things she loved.  I don’t have any urns. But now I want some!  I loved the little globe nestled into the urn in the back.

Lamp Love

I love lamps and all the color and texture and light they add to the room.  Terri had a bunch; everywhere I looked there was a lamp or a pair, lighting up the corner or the table or the hall.  Thought you might like to see them.

Lamp 4

 lamp 3 lamp 5 lamp in hallway Lamp sursee Lamps 2

A Great Way to Display Loads of Photos

cute way to hang loads of pics

I love this on so many levels.  First it was fun to look at all of her pics.  Second, I want one of these so I can hang loads of pics in one fell swoop. Beauty! She even used cute clothes pins. AHHH>

A Great Way to Display Kids’ ArtHow to hang kids' art

Teri just bought frames from Target and framed pieces of her kids’ art.  She took samples and snippets and placed them on a unifying background color.   Love how she smushed all the frames together to make one gigantic art piece.  Memories and snippets of great art- how awesome is that?

Paint Color Ideas

Island paint color

Check out this gorgeous blue on her island. She used to have a black base and wanted to add some blue-

Loverly.  When I am thinking about painting, it always helps me to see it live and in person in a friend’s house.  The pumpkin color in my den- My friend, Lisa.  The Silver sage in the bathroom-saw in Restoration Hardware.  I love this Sherwin Williams Moody Blue, and it just might show up in the great remodel of 2016.

What do you learn when you go visit a friend?  She doesn’t have to be far away- maybe she lives across town or across the street.  We can learn from one another.   What hints do you come home with and put into practice?

Do share, I would love to hear. And oh, may I come visit you?  I would love to see your digs, too.  xoxo

 

Embrace the Family God Created You To Be

embrace the family GOd created you to be

One thing that helped me embrace my family was to take time to reflect on how God created me and my husband.  What were we like and what did we like?  Take the time to discover this and then Embrace the creative way God made you.

Do you love music?  Then sing!

embrace the family 4

Did He create you or your husband to love running? Then run all the races and time your kids with a stopwatch in the front yard.

Does little Billy or Susie or you love nature?  Then camp and hike and be outside.

embrace the family 5

Are you artistic?  Then go to art museums and spend a fortune on art supplies.

Do you like to create?  Then invest in Legos and blocks. Build and tear down and build some more.  Or buy sewing supplies and fabric and yarn and popsicle sticks and craft kits and C R E A T E .

Is Johnny or Jenny competitve? Then collect and  play all the  boardgames there are and enjoy winning and losing.

Do you love gardening?  Then grow beans and corn and tomatoes and get dirt between your fingers and toes.

 

embrace the family 2

God did not create you to C O M P A R E. No, sir.

Comparison is the thief of all joy!  Don’t look at other families or their kids and wonder and wish….

Embrace who you are.  Embrace those kids you have.  Embrace the Family you were created to be.  Talk about this with your husband.  Dream a little.  Talk about this with your friends and get some good ideas.  Talk about it with the Lord and gain His wisdom and insight.  Be the Family He wants for you.

I would often say, We are the Johnsons and Johnsons __________________ , and I would fill in the blank.  For example, The Johnsons play the piano and love music.   So we invested in years of piano and listened to music all the time at home and in the car.  That was our gig.

Or, The Johnsons are helpers and we share the work around the house.  Each of the boys had a chore chart and started helping around the house at a young age.

It doesn’t matter what goes in the blank, but it does matter that it isn’t blank.

What is your gig? Or you sweet spot? DO IT!

Today, E M B R A C E the way God created your family to look and work:  the Gifts, the Talents, the Quirks and the Fun!  The Sursee is to discover how He created you and your family and then R U N with it. Embrace it.  For more on this subject of embracing, go read my post about Embracing the children God gave you

Embrace

These photos are from the giant tree swing in Red River that sadly, is no more.  What fun it was to swing out and feel like you were flying…

 

 

Start Your Day Doing the Hard Things // Flip-Flop Your Day

Start your day doing the hard things.

I have a huge Sursee for you today.  I heard this idea recently from two people.  First from my husband and then yesterday from a dear friend.

Flip your day.  Start with the hard things first.

The conversation with Craig went like this.  He told me he recently learned that most leaders do the hard things first. They get the hard stuff  over with at work, first thing-like the difficult conversation, the task that has been dogging them or whatever they have been dreading.  They dig into the hard things first in the business day. Then you have the rest of the day to tackle the other things. And the energy.  And the courage.

For me, the hard thing is my writing. I mean, I love it, but it takes brain power, and I was always putting it off till later. Till I got all the other stuff done.

The errands,

the cooking,

the housework,

the phone calls,

the to-do list that is endless.

So Craig planted a seed and next, cue up the conversation I had with my friend yesterday.

“When do you write, Leslie?” she asks.

“Ummm. Well, whenever I can squeeze it in. I don’t, uhh, have a specific time.”

My friend then proceeds to tell me I need one. And she has found that mornings are her productive time. And she uses that morning time for her writing.   She said she had flipped her day and started off with her writing. Then she added in the other things later in the day.

Shazaaaaam! I think I have heard this recently from sweet Craig.  And it sounds good to me.  I need to write early, in the morning. Everyday.  Of course, you can guess, that writing is one of my New Year’s Resolutions.  Even my word for 2016 is WRITE, but I am not putting it first.

I am putting my writing after everything else.  I think, When I get my stuff done, then I can write.   

But not today.  I am writing first. And cleaning bathrooms later. Reading later.  Meeting for coffee later.

I am doing the hard things first.  Saving the other things for later. I am flip-flopping, and it feels good.

Join me?  What hard things have you been putting off and need to flip-flop and put first?   Tell me about it in the comments.  Or talk with your gal pal and encourage her to do a flip-flop. xoxo

Sursee Gal Needs to Read

Why i am putting read a book on my to-do list everyday

Y’all know that I love goals.  I like making them.  Talking about them.  Asking you about yours and sometimes even making goals for you! Haha.

But I discovered this year whilst making my 2016 Goals, that I make the same goal almost every year.  But I never reach it.

It is: Read More Books.

It is a little discouraging to see that year after year I write that down as a goal, and yet,  I do not give myself permission to read or see it as important in the day to day to pursue.

I think I figured out why the stack of books on my night stand grows and why I never get around to opening up the top book.

Somehow, I feel like reading for pleasure is something I can’t really do.  It feels like it is a splurge or an extra for the end of the day.  Only worthy of vacation hours, not everyday of the week hours.

I have friends who tell me they sit down in the middle of the day and read, and I get a little nervous.  “Is that ok?,” I wonder, and sometimes even ask for more details about how they do that like it is really complicated stuff.

I am trying to see this love for reading as part of what makes me tick and something that is needed.  I tend to do all the other things on my to-do list  and leave the reading and crafting to the ends of the day when I run out of time and energy.

So this year, I have put it on my goals and in my everyday To-do List that I keep in my little journal.  So far I have been doing well. Today after a busy day, I came home and lay down and read for 30 minutes. Ahhhh. Did that ever feel good.

May I encourage you to put reading or whatever it is that is life-giving to you at the top of your to-do list?  Can you see that as just as important as all the other to-dos?  I think the Sursees that bring us life are too important to write down and never do. Is there a self-care goal that keeps going to the bottom of the list? Let’s bring it to the top and keep it there.

Take some time today and figure out what it is that brings you unexpected joy and move it to the top.  I would love to hear from you what your Sursee is.  It encourages me to enjoy and pursue mine when I hear about yours.

Scripture Journal :: One Way I Battle the Negs

 

 

Scripture Journal 2

Yesterday I wrote about an idea for a Scripture Journal that has helped me spend time with the Lord when I feel out of sorts or just need an easy way to get into the Word of God.  Today I want to share some of the verses I use in the journal to battle when my mind starts talking crazy.  You know those lies and negative self-talky stuff that starts happening.  Battling the Negs. Ugh.

To start with, I believe that God’s word is powerful and life changing and so meditating on it and memorizing it and going back to it really changes me and my thought patterns. In Hebrews 4:12 it says that the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  

This tells me that God’s word can help me discern what is truth and what is a lie. Yay!

So how do I battle negative self-talk?  Here goes.

  1. I start with remembering who God is when I am battling negative self-talk. I do this in the morning because scripture has that pattern.

Psalm 92:1-2 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O most High, to proclaim you love in the morning and faithfulness at night.

Psalm 90:14 O satisfy us in the morning with thy lovingkindness, that we may sing of joy and be glad all our days.

2. Find verses that name your identity and describe who you are.  Meditate on your identity In Christ. Good, good medicine.  You find your own scripture, what speaks to you, gal.  Here is one that I have written down since I love singing…

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

3. Next, I remember that it is a battle for my mind.  A battle, gals.

Ephesians 6:10-17 says  10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

I need armor and protection. Put on, take up– these are action words.  I see in this verse that this  putting on the armor helps me stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  I also need to protect my mind and thought life through meditating on the Word and my salvation or identity.  See it again here:

taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Our sword is the word of God. Awesome.

4.  We are active in this process.

II Corinthians 10:5   We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Do you see in this verse we are destroying speculations.  We are taking every thought captive; those negative thoughts, that is what we need to capture.

5.  I can’t be lazy.

I Peter 1:13  Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

I am to prepare my mind for action.  Not going to be lazy and let any and all thoughts in.  I am to be fixing my hope on GRACE and Jesus.  Yes.

 6. Next I see this little pattern. Don’t be anxious+Pray+Be Thankful= Peace of God guarding my HEART and my Mind.

Philippians 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

One of my mentors this past summer, flat out told me I worried too much. She reminded me of this verse and told me the Hebrew word for Guard is like the word for a sentinel on the top of a castle wall, walking back and forth, back and forth.  Constantly guarding.  Guarding my Heart.  And my mind.  I need that!

And lastly I read a little further in Philippians and see that:

 6.  I am to replace my thoughts with His thoughts.  

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8,9

I love thinking about this verse and thinking of things in my life that I know are true, honorable, right pure, lovely, good repute, excellent, worthy of praise.  Those are the things on which I am to fix my mind.  Remember too, gals, we don’t have to go it alone.  We depend on Him to help us, guide us.  We need Him- can’t do this without Him. And He is faithful to walk through this life with us. Amen.

So those are  a few of the verses that I use to battle that cray-cray  negative thinking in my head.  And the verses are written down in my Scripture Journal.  Do you have a verse you go to when you start that talk? Have you found a journal to start writing the verses that speak life to you?  Do tell. xo