5 Habits to Help Renew Your Mind

When waiting on answers to prayers wears out my flesh, it actually strengthens my spirit.

When I feel like I am clinging to God for dear life, my flesh says, “This is not easy, this is not comfortable.  Get out of this situation as quick as possible,” but my spirit says, “Shhhh, calm down. Wait upon the Lord to help. He hears you. He heard you. He loves you. He cares. Give Him time to work, dear.  Wait upon the Lord.

My mind wants to have it all figured out. But I am allowing God to renew my mind. 

I feel like I take 3 steps forward and 1 step back every week, but I am learning to let go of self-shaming and celebrate the small but successful victories when my faith wins over worry.

I can easily become weighed down to the point of breathlessness which sneaks up like a venomous snake.  If I give in to worry of what I can not control, one negative thought leads to another -leads to another, and I am down, panting for air.

It is like a vacuum that sucks all the life right out.

God, however, puts life back into me.

Every breathe that my body takes in is a gift from Him. When I set my mind on the good things, and the Eternal glory which I look forward to one day with Jesus, my mind is renewed.

And it is a daily renewing.

A daily, intentional mind switch.  And I know when we put things into practice, they become a habit.  This is one habit I look forward to picking up and getting better at with God’s help.

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But how can we think differently while living in this world, with all it’s tugs and pulls and even wise-sounding methods?

  • Read His Words

  The Bible is made up of God’s words breathed out onto pages, wrote by men who were inspired by His Holy Spirit.  They passed down true stories, examples for us to live by, pictures of God’s nature, memorials of His goodness, things to look forward to and Hope to live by right now.

  • Experience Stillness

The best place to go is away from the hustle and bustle and into the quiet so I can hear Him better. This isn’t required to follow God’s ways or have your mind renewed – but it sure helps in today’s culture.

  • Pray

Just be yourself, share your heart; those places even that you may think are unimportant, scare you, or you feel you have already prayed about and no longer matter. It all matters to Him.

  • Use God’s Wisdom {not the world’s}

To get closer to one thing you usually have to move away from another. Let me use an analogy:  On a long hike, a journey afar, you need many tools to thrive, not just survive.  You may desire to take extra things along that can be of use or entertainment, but you know you only have so much room in your backpack and you must use the space wisely.  Think of your life’s journey like this.  Your life is precious to God.  What old things, old ways, bad habits or unfruitful doings can be left so you can make room for more of Him, fruitful doings, or maybe even new relationships?

Use well, the time you have, the resources you are given.  Feed well, the ones whom He puts in your path. Feed them with love and life.  As a friend of mine, a fellow blogger just said recently, “..What good is prayer without action?  It is like a table set with food, but no one to share it with.”

Carolina Cisneros

  • Be Continually Thankful

I have been reading a book called, The Happiness Dare, by Jennifer Dukes Lee.  One quote I really love from her book is right below. Click the link to read more about it.

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All those things can help in renewing our minds. 

“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete. Romans 12:2 The Voice

I believe what we put into our minds is a huge part of what we put out. 

For me, this means I have to limit news, media and sometimes even unplug for chunks of time.  I took a leap and unfollowed a lot, so I could focus on the good stuff I wanted my eyes to see first. About 6 months ago I uninstalled Facebook from my phone.  It has been a huge, positive step for me to stay more focused.

  • What things have you put into practice to help renew your thinking?
  • Do you have a favorite scripture that helps re-mind you?

 

-Meghan W.

 

Visit these link ups and experience authentic community with other faith-filled followers of Jesus:

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Linked up //Arabah Joy @ Grace&Truth

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6 thoughts on “5 Habits to Help Renew Your Mind

  1. Hi Meg, I appreciated your thoughts in this post so much. For the past several months, I have been reading in the Psalms before I sleep at night. Re-minding myself of God’s precious promises has been one way to redirect my anxious thinking away from having to figure out all the “what-ifs.” And yes, I also keep asking God to shift my focus towards gratitude for every gift HE gives! –Blessings to you!

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