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Lions, Tigers, Bears, OH MY!

Rejection, Oppression, Depression, oh my mind!

Mindset - Seeds of Truth

What are the seeds of Truth in your mind? Do you have lions, tigers, bears, and a big bad wolf eating up your thoughts? Oh my!

Don't worry; there is hope. Our minds are powerful things. There are numerous quotes about it. One that comes to mind is " every evil thing begins with a thought" I believe that statement to be true.

We need to guard our minds. Thinking with productive and positive thoughts produces positive results.

What are some tips for keeping those positive results?

*Mediating and speaking the Word of God.

*Praying and talking to God.

*Sowing seeds of God's word in your mind.

Look at this scripture; what was Paul telling us in this verse?

"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the Truth—the teachings of] Christ." Colossians 2:8 AMP

Okay, I gave you a little help. Look at another scripture Apostle Paul wrote.

"We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ."

2 Corinthians 10:5 AMP

Everything begins as a thought...

Suicide starts as a thought; murder begins as a thought, and falling into the depths of addiction starts with an idea. Have you ever heard of someone dying because of heartbreak? These are seeds of destruction. Numerous Bible verses deal with the mind.

I would like to share a personal story. Below are two scriptures that played a significant role in my journey to healing.

"For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb."

Psalms 139:13 AMP

"I have strength for all things in Christ, Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him, Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]." Philippians 4:13 AMPC

It is these two scriptures that are the core of my faith.

At 16 years of age, I tried to commit suicide. It was the first time, but it would not be the last. I remember my Mom walking into my room and waking me up. My first thought was, What!!!! I should be dead. I overdosed the night before.

Unknowingly, I took the wrong medication, but I quickly learned that that was not God's plan. I'm beyond grateful for God's grace and mercy.

*Dig deeper(Jeremiah 29:11)*

Fun fact about me:

Early in my life, I wanted to be a Nun, so I could spend all my days (alone) with God.

So the journey begins; what's next?

You may ask the question, how did she get past it? Truth is, I didn't; for a long time, I didn't understand it. I made the decision at the age of 17 years old to enlist in the military. The military taught me to be disciplined, and I began looking inward. I know that that was God's plan for me.

This was the beginning of a new start, but I had so much more to learn. I still didn't know or understand love, especially self-love...

Please join me next time as we embark on our journey to self-love.

Monique Tedder, Blogger

Editor Lonnie Miller

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