Being a little down after the holiday season is perfectly normal. We see family that we haven’t seen in a while and then they quickly go. Divorce divides the children and leaves one parent alone. This time of year forces us to look behind us at goals not met and a new year already upon us. We feel our age, and wonder how time has escaped us.
It’s all mental. Warfare of the mind. There is only one way to fight this spiritual battle of the blues. The Word of God. Here are three positive attitudes found in scripture along with suggested mental exercises to help in banishing these painful thoughts.
Live in the NOW
Regrets can haunt. The only thing that looking over your shoulder is good for is education. Look back and learn, then train your eyes to see what is now.
Looking to the future can bring fear and dread. The only thing good about looking to the future is education. Look ahead and prepare, then train your eyes to see what is now.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
First Mental Exercise: Use your phone to record yourself spontaneously thanking God for everything you see as you walk around your environment. Play it back for yourself. Sometimes the best teacher for yourself is yourself.
How easily it is for the mind to wander. Today on my walk, someone’s naughty, little pooch stood just outside a dog-sized hole in her fence yipping at me. She had squeezed through the gap, intent on wandering the neighborhood.
This is exactly what my mind does y’all when I don’t keep it contained, controlled, fenced in…thinking only of what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8) … when I allow myself to squeeze through the culture-sized hole in the fence of my mind and wander away from safety, dwelling on things that crush my joy.
Second Mental Exercise: Take a break from social media and listen to a Christian speaker on YouTube or maybe a little private praise with your favorite worship music. Look on my Pinterest page for some ideas.
Sometimes lost hope creates a pity party. The enemy loves to fill you with dark thoughts about yourself and the life you lead. The Liar throws shadows on truth until all you want to do is watch TV and eat ice cream.
Satan urges you to forget that God is highly invested in you and has beautiful plans for your life. Plans for you to do good works in His name. Plans for you to live for Him, not for self.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Third Mental Exercise: This is where the church comes in y’all. It’s time to phone, email, or text a friend. Find a believer who knows scripture and explain exactly how you are feeling. Request scriptures and prayer. Spend time looking at the scripture given to you as if it were sent from God.
One final scripture for you to meditation on…
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7
+ Picture taken outside of my classroom one morning on a foggy day
++ Picture taken at the Grand Canyon of me taking it all in…
+++Picture taken after at storm at the family ranch in Montana
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