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After about a month or so after giving birth to LeReine, I had a nice little rhythm going. I would:
1. Wake up every two hours to pump.
2. Pack the diaper bag nice and neatly.
3. Sleep when the baby was sleeping.
4. Co-sleep to aid with middle of the night feedings.
5. Text baby photos to loved ones.
6. Record her development
I had gotten into a routine; but there were still things that I felt “I wasn’t getting done or getting done correctly.” At this moment, when I felt like I was in momentum…I started having second thoughts about motherhood. I started questioning and doubting my ability to be a mother.
This also happens when we have given birth to our baby in life. We know that our baby is our gift; but sometimes we question whether we are doing the right thing. Self-doubt seeps into our thinking. We often begin to focus on what’s wrong, what could be done differently, we often focus our thoughts on what could go wrong, as opposed to thinking about what you are doing right.
I encourage you to MIND your MIND. Start replacing those doubts with GODLY affirmations. You will notice a shift in your thinking. If you cry out to HIM, he will help you with your unbelief.
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Friendly Activity: This week make of list of everything that makes you feel doubtful. Switch those doubtful feelings to affirmations of believe, write down your new affirmation (I am blessed), and then practice saying them out loud before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning.
Good Night Friend
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
The Bible says that we have an enemy that is seeking to destroy us. The battle we fight against the enemy is not physical but spiritual, and much of that battle takes place in our own minds. (Ephesians 6:12)
Our minds are often a spiritual battleground where we are faced with a very real enemy and engaged in a battle that determines eternal consequences. Satan is the father of lies. (John 8:44) He uses deception and accusation to manipulate our minds. When our perspective is skewed by the enemy’s lies, we are out of alignment with the Word of God and the door for us to become prey to the enemy is opened.
Many of God’s people live in defeat because they have been deceived. Instead of walking in the truth of what the Word of God says about their capability and who they are through Christ, they fall victim to lies. Their minds begin processing in incorrect thinking patterns based on falsehood. Satan makes them feel worthless, damaging their perception of both themselves and God.
Satan is quick to point out weaknesses and shortcomings. We all have them. Identifying our weakness does not make us inadequate for the tasks God sets for us! God promises that His grace is sufficient for us and His power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Our weakness is supplemented by the strength and ability of God. He promises to override our inadequacy.
Sometimes Satan comes to us armed with a partial truth. He takes our past mistakes and failures and throws them in our face to prove our unworthiness. The Bible calls Satan “the accuser of the brethren.” (Revelation 12:10) He tries to nullify God’s forgiveness and mercy through guilt over past failures and sins. Many of God’s people are unable to accept God’s forgiveness because of their guilt. They feel unworthy, causing them to hold back from God’s presence. They live their lives in bondage to their past instead of the freedom that Christ purchased for them.
When faced with the fact of our own failure, we can become trapped by the lie that we are not good enough. Our worth in the kingdom of God is not purchased by our actions, but by the blood of Jesus. When we repent, God purifies us and makes us worthy in spite of what our past may hold.
Each of these tactics of the enemy serve one purpose: to stop God’s people in their tracks. A believer who is influenced by the lies of the enemy is unable to act in faith. When God tells them to do something it often results in inaction, because their faith has been damaged. Inaction is disobedience! It is the same as deliberately acting against the plan of God.
So how do we overcome the lies and manipulation of Satan? When our mind has been twisted by the father of lies, how do we return to God’s way of thinking? Through the Word of God – The Word as the Bible and the Word as Jesus Christ.
Overcoming the Lie
God has not left us defenseless against the lies of the enemy. (Ephesians 6:13-18) Paul said, “We destroy arguments and lofty opinions against the knowledge of God and take our thoughts captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) Sometimes it is necessary to recapture our thoughts and exert authority over them. We have to cause our minds to come into alignment with Christ. There is a purposeful effort that we must make to be in unity with Christ. Our minds are renewed by the Word of God. The truth of God’s word cleanses our minds of the lies of the enemy.
When believers hear and meditate on God’s word it takes root in our hearts and causes faith to rise! (Romans 10:17) Our faith in God results in an act of faith – obedience.
1 Corinthians 2:17 says we have the mind of Christ. Jesus’s mind was never victim to Satan. Jesus overcame the lies, temptations and accusations of the enemy. Many times he even quoted scripture in opposition to the attack that Satan was attempting. Jesus was impervious to the attack of the enemy and able to overcome any lie. That is what our minds become when we are under the the lordship of Jesus Christ – perfectly united with the mind and will of Christ, and unable to be defeated because of our faith and the spirit of God within us.
*Come back tomorrow for part 3 of Overcoming An Unqualified Mindset
Lately, I don’t know exactly why but I find at times I have some fear and doubt creep up and try to grab a hold of me.
Thoughts of worry about my kids.
All of the “what if’s” start to swirl around in my head.
Crazy thoughts that shoot out or at me from no where.
I could be driving and get a flash of an accident or a thought of complete worry just when my kids walk across the street.
Crazy Stupid Thoughts!!
I have to quickly decide what to do with these thoughts.
Do I dwell on it and go into the full blown worry and fret mode?
Do I just blow it off and choose to not think on those things?
I have just a couple of seconds to decide what to do with these crazy stupid thoughts.
Sometimes I turn it around and shoot up a prayer.
If that doesn’t work then I speak a promise from God’s Word.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
I sometimes chuckle at some of the weird thoughts that come across my mind at times. I know they are not my thoughts because they can be so bizarre. I can pinpoint they are not my thinking because I have not been dwelling on those specific fears.
I know to take responsibility if I have spent time mulling over and replaying thoughts that could cause me to have fearful or not so nice thoughts.
And then there are times when we do have circumstances that would cause any normal person to be anxious and afraid. That’s when you have to be diligent the most with what you allow to come across your thinker.
I am reminded of the armor of a God. We are instructed to put it on.
Last time I checked, we really need to dress daily not just once to stayed clean and clothed.
Gross!! Imagine if we only got dressed once in our lifetime.
We would outgrow, out smell and be cast out in the woods with our tattered too tight of an outfit.
Since I don’t live in a nudist colony.
Best choice for everyone involved.
I need to daily get dressed physically and spiritually.
I don’t want to be caught with my armor down!! ha!
Take a look at what Paul wrote to the Ephesians under house arrest in prison. This applies to us. At least those of us who want to be victorious and not let things like fear, doubt or worry get the best of us. Your fiery dart might come packaged with a different name.
Remember the purpose of a fiery dart is to set you on fire. It only takes a spark to get a fire going.
The mind is the biggest battlefield.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Get up each morning and put on the armor of God.
It doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out process.
Just say something as quick and easy as, “I am wearing you Jesus every where I go. Let’s go out and do this day together.”
I like to keep things simple.
If a thought comes your way that is not going to take you to a place of love, joy, peace, self-control, kindness, forbearance or gentleness then extinguish it with your intentional thoughts of the Truth.
Amazing how much better you will feel. The negative thoughts can’t hold on to something that doesn’t come into agreement with the fiery darts of destruction.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Be fruity and don’t allow fear or any other tactic from the enemy to be worn on you today.
It’s just not fashionable. You were not fashioned to wear such tattered too tight of clothing.